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Is female pattern balding and male pattern balding the same thing? Are the causes the same?

Is female pattern balding and male pattern balding the same thing? Are the causes the same?

Similar: Androgenetic hair loss related to hormones and genetics are quite different for men and for women. Also each individual will have their own variation. With men it begins as a teen and progresses for 20 years or more. Women begin later. Pregnancy, birth control, and menopause are factors. Women thin out on top but do not become completely bald. ...Read more

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Hair Loss (Definition)

Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by ...Read more


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I have female pattern balding, is there any supplements or vitamins i could take to help?

I have female pattern balding, is there any supplements or vitamins i could take to help?

None will help: Female pattern hair loss is not responsive to vitamins. In general, only Minoxidil is of any benefit, and how much hair grows is variable. Read the package carefully and make sure you can use it, or see a dermatologist. And be patient...You need to give it at least 6 months before you give up. ...Read more

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Male balding pattern.Hair loss for 3-4 yrs. Tried homeopathy 4 around a year.Left it as not sure of the results. Is using finpecia tablets beneficial?

Male balding pattern.Hair loss for 3-4 yrs. Tried homeopathy 4 around a year.Left it as not sure of the results. Is using finpecia tablets beneficial?

Finesteride: Finesteride is not indicated in women. It is a strong teratogen (causes birth defects) and does not have a large amount of data in women. Spironolactone may be an option with a similar principal. ...Read more

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I am balding prematurely, male pattern baldness. Is there a solution?

I am balding prematurely, male pattern baldness. Is there a solution?

Baldness: Male pattern baldness affects many people in the United States. There are many possible solutions but you should see your doctor for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Does Male Pattern Baldness comes with a scalp that suffers from inflammation? (Only in the balding area)

Does Male Pattern Baldness comes with a scalp that suffers from inflammation? (Only in the balding area)

No: This isn't an inflammatory disorder. Anyone telling you otherwise is giving you misinformation. If inflammation is visible on inspection of the scalp, this may actually be a fungus. ...Read more

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Why do guys who are bald have much rounder and pointer heads than guys who don't get bald? Is skull growth a contributor to male pattern baldness?

Why do guys who are bald have much rounder and pointer heads than guys who don't get bald? Is skull growth a contributor to male pattern baldness?

Science: I like this question and i like that you are asking it. But, as a physician i can guarantee you that your hypothesis, that all balding men have a specific head shape, is incorrect. Men who are balding or are bald have every normal shape of head as any other population. Head shape in no way is a contributor to male pattern baldness. Great question though. ...Read more

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At the early age of 20, I have become bald in mpb pattern. Thedoctor said my excessive ejaculation like 20 times a week for two years caused premature baldness! can it happen?

At the early age of 20, I have become bald in mpb pattern. Thedoctor said my excessive ejaculation like 20 times a week for two years caused premature baldness! can it happen?

He said what?: If your physician really told you this, get a different physician. All guys lose the hair on their temples around age 20; if you're really having progression this early, you have a choice. You can try various topical and systemic medications to slow down the progression. Or you can embrace your hereditary & masculinity. A man's looking good is about fitness, not hair. It's your choice! ...Read more

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