How does Propecia help with hair loss?

If you are a man, it is highly likely that at one point in your life you will have to deal with hair loss at least to some extent. For some men, it does not go past the thinning of the hair and some loss on the temples and hairline, while for others it gets much more drastic, with losing their hair throughout their scalp, leaving that crown effect that is so indicative of male pattern hair loss. Men also differ in the ways they cope with hair loss. While some find this perfectly natural and do not let it bother them, others find themselves despairing and wanting to do anything that would slow down the hair loss process or, best case scenario, stop it altogether, if not reverse it.

In order to explain how Propecia deals with hair loss and how it slows it down and stops it, we should probably say a thing or two about the process itself as most people are not aware of what exactly causes hair loss in men. The entire process starts with testosterone which is transported from the places where it is created to other areas in the male body. It plays a number of roles, with the role being quite negative in two specific areas of male body – the prostate and the scalp.

Namely, when testosterone gets to the prostate and the scalp; it is transformed into dihydrotestosterone (DHT for short) by an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. The problem with this new “version” of testosterone is that it is much more aggressive in its action. In men who are particularly susceptible to its effects and in men whose bodies are more prone to this transformation, certain negative effects can take place. When we are talking about the prostate, the main effect is enlarging this organ, which leads to benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate as it is commonly known. In the scalp area, this leads to the deterioration of hair follicles, which leads to thinning of the hair and subsequent death of follicles and loss of hair.

It was therefore important to develop a medication that will block the action of the enzyme responsible for the production of DHT, 5-alpha reductase and that is exactly what Propecia does. What is more, there is another formulation of the same drug called Proscar which is used in treating enlarged prostate. Propecia is a milder formulation that was specifically developed for treating hair loss and its effectiveness simply makes it the superior treatment for hair loss.

It needs to be said that it is a long regimen and that it works differently for different men. However, in general, Propecia is more than capable of slowing down the hair loss process and even stopping it. Some men even report rejuvenation of their hair follicles and growth of new hair, although this is quite rare.

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