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Male Pattern Baldness Symptoms

Male pattern baldness is a form of hair loss with a particular pattern. Men typically experience hair loss starting at the back of the head or at the temples. An analogous process occurs in women and is called female pattern baldness. In women, hair loss usually starts in the middle of the top of the head. The hair may become thin rather than actually falling out, and the resulting baldness tends to be less severe than in men. The standard appearance of male pattern baldness makes it easy to diagnose and differentiate from other causes of baldness. This condition is very common in older people; it will eventually occur in the majority of men and up to half of women.

Male pattern hair loss is thought to occur primarily due to elevation of dihydrotestosterone, which is produced from testosterone. Dihydrotestosterone causes hairs to become thinner and spend less time in their growth phase, resulting in short, thin hairs.

Symptoms that can be associated with male pattern baldness include:

Male Pattern Baldness Causes Overview

Genetic Male Pattern Baldness Causes

Genetic inheritance is thought to play a large role in male pattern baldness; there is often a family history of the condition. Genes from both the mother and father can contribute to male pattern baldness.

Hormonal changes

  • Medical conditions : In women, female pattern baldness can occur in part due to medical conditions that cause elevated testosterone. For example, the high testosterone level characteristic of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can be associated with female pattern baldness along with other symptoms such as hair growth in other parts of the body.
  • Menopause : Female pattern baldness becomes more common after menopause. This likely occurs because the level of estrogen in the body decreases more than the level of testosterone does.

Drug use

The use of drugs that increase the body's testosterone level, such as anabolic steroids, can contribute to male pattern hair loss.

Top 2 Male Pattern Baldness Causes

  1. 1.Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

    The adrenal glands make hormones in the body. If they are not working, it will affect a child's ability to grow and develop. This is, however, treatable.

    You should see your primary care physician (PCP) tomorrow for a sick visit.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    irregular period, acne, excessive hair on unexpected parts of body, male pattern baldness, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma

    Adrenocortical carcinoma is an aggressive cancer of the adrenal glands. The cancer has often invaded nearby tissues or metastasized to distant organs at the time of diagnosis, and the overall 5-year survival rate is only 20-35%.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Surgical excision is curative; however, a large percentage of patients are not surgical candidates.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, loss of appetite, weight gain, irritability
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Male Pattern Baldness Treatments and Relief

Male pattern baldness usually occurs without any dangerous underlying medical condition. However, medical evaluation can definitively rule out other causes of baldness.

Make an appointment with your medical provider if:

  • You are experiencing sadness or low self-esteem due to the appearance of your hair.
  • You are a woman experiencing other symptoms like excess hair in other parts of the body, acne, and/or irregular periods.
  • You have a scalp rash, sudden hair loss, or patchy hair loss not in the characteristic pattern, or if you notice that many hairs come out at a time if you pull on your hair. These symptoms might indicate that a condition other than male pattern baldness is responsible for your hair loss.

Your medical provider may prescribe one or more of the following treatments, depending on the cause of the male pattern baldness:

  • An oral or topical medication to promote hair regrowth.
  • Medication to treat an underlying hormonal disorder causing hair loss.
  • Referral for surgical hair replacement.

Some home treatments may help with male pattern baldness.

  • Avoid playing with the hair or using hairstyles that pull on the hair, such as tight ponytails.
  • Use relaxation techniques to relieve stress, which can exacerbate hair loss.

FAQs About Male Pattern Baldness

Here are some frequently asked questions about male pattern baldness.

Can male pattern baldness affect woman?

Yes, male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) can affect women. It is called female pattern hair loss in women and happens slightly differently. In women, female pattern hair loss appears as a gradual thinning of hair along the scalp. It usually does not lead to complete baldness and is more difficult to treat because side effects are often more pronounced in women.

Can you reverse male pattern baldness?

Yes, the primary treatments for male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) include finasteride or minoxidil. Both drugs have proven effectiveness, and for some men, are capable of reversing male-pattern baldness. In other men, they may alter hair loss or have no effect whatsoever. There are a few off-label drugs that might be used to treat hair loss once initial drug therapy has failed, but their efficacy is marginally proven and their safety is unproven.

What is the common onset age of male pattern baldness?

For men that have male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia, there are clear indications of hair loss in their twenties. By the time most men hit thirty, they have had some degree of male pattern hair loss. For men who have severe male pattern hair loss, they may show servere signs of loss in their twenties.

Is male pattern baldness hereditary?

Yes, male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is often hereditary. Researchers have even looked at twins that were raised in different environments. Twins have identical genetic codes, and in these studies it was estimated that 80 percent of genetic hair loss was due to genetic factors - that is an 8 in10 chance that if one individual experiences male-pattern baldness, the second individual may also experience it.

Can stress cause baldness?

Yes, stress can cause baldness. Alopecia is a common condition involving the body's defense system causing hair loss. A subgroup of alopecias called telogen effluvium can also cause hair loss along the temples and is aggravated by stress. Some individuals have patchy hair loss (alopecia areata), which is significantly aggravated by stress as well.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Male Pattern Baldness

  • Q.Have you noticed a decrease in your libido or sex drive?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you have dry skin?
  • Q.Are you more sensitive to cold temperatures than those around you?

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Male Pattern Baldness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced male pattern baldness have also experienced:

    • 25% Fatigue
    • 12% Decreased Sex Drive
    • 12% Loss of Appetite
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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