Posted by: Henry | 2003/02/28

Anti Testosterone

Does taking herbal tablets that reduce the amount of testosterone your body produces (taken to reduce or stop hair loss) have any side effects

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Henry, I don’t know the tablet’s you’re talking about, but if it affects your testosterone levels up to the point where it prevents hair loss, it will probably have an effect on your libido, chest hair, fat distribution, etc.
Male pattern baldness is the most common form of alopecia (hair loss), is of genetic predetermination and not because you have too much testosterone. If your dad is bald, you will probably become bald too. In male pattern baldness, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes a shortening of the growth phase and thinning of the hairs. If you can decrease the receptor’s sensitivity to DHT or stop testosterone from being turned into DHT, you have the solution. Finasteride (Propecia®) blocks an enzyme called 5a-reductase that changes testosterone into DHT and in this way prevents these changes from taking place. In 99% of men it will stop hair loss within a year, a third will have a slight increase in hair and a third will show marked improvement.
Before you think that I’m trying to promote a product, finasteride is not the beginning and the end of treating male pattern baldness. You have to take it as early in the disease as possible and generally it doesn’t work for people older than 50 or in cases where the person has gone completely bald. One thing is for certain, it is a hell of a lot better than anything that has been on the market up to now and definitely something to think about using until something better comes along. Good luck.

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