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What causes male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition which can be inherited from either parent, and which results in over sensitive hair follicles. These hair follicles react to a substance called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is produced by the hormone testosterone. DHT causes over sensitive hair follicles to become smaller, making it more likely that hair will fall out. Eventually it stops follicles from producing hair altogether, resulting in male pattern baldness.

Can male pattern baldness be cured?

As male pattern baldness is a genetic condition it can’t be cured or reversed. However, if it is caught in the early stages its progress can be slowed down using prescription medication, and there are a variety of hair replacement techniques that can be used to give the impression of a fuller head of hair.

What causes baldness in women?

Women can experience genetic hair loss in the same way as men, although this is not particularly common. If a woman is experiencing hair loss it is more likely to be due to illness, injury, or a reaction to certain types of medication. For this reason it is important that women see their doctor to discuss their hair loss before seeking advice on hair replacement techniques. Hair loss in women could be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as anaemia, thyroid disease, connective tissue disease, gynaecological conditions, and emotional stress. 

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