A Guide To Male Pattern Baldness

Updated at: Sep 03, 2020
A Guide To Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern is the most common type of hair loss in men. Here is what you need to know about the condition. 

Arushi Bidhuri
Hair CareWritten by: Arushi BidhuriPublished at: Oct 05, 2011

Are you losing more than 100 hair strands in a day? Especially, at the crown of your head? If yes, you might be suffering from a condition male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia – this is the most common type of hair loss in men. 

Symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness 

Hair loss is the obvious symptom of male pattern baldness. There are multiple reasons why hair loss from male pattern baldness can occur. Some of the symptoms include: 

Receding Hairline 

A receding hairline is one of the most prominent symptoms of male pattern baldness. This condition can cause you to develop a longer widow’s peal with receding corners. However, the hairline of all men experiencing male pattern baldness doesn't need to have the same receding pattern. There are chances that their whole hairline could recede.

Hair Thinning at the Crown 

The second most common symptom of male pattern baldness is a thinning crown. If you don’t notice a receding hairline, then you most probably are losing hair around the crown area.

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There are chances that you might not be able to recognise it in the beginning as the hair loss around the crown area isn’t easy to see in the mirror. Most of the times, it will not be visible until it has advanced. 

Diffuse Thinning 

When there is no pattern to your hair loss. Thinning of hair without an obvious symptom is diffuse thinning. It affects the entire scalp and may cause hair loss.

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Causes of Male Pattern Baldness 

  • The three main causes of male pattern baldness include age, hormones and genetics. 
  • If your father, grandfather or any other ancestor suffered from this condition, then it’s likely that genetics could be a reason for your problem. 
  • Hormones change throughout life and can affect your hair as well. 
  • These symptoms lead to a gradual shrinkage of the hair follicles which start to grow shorter and finer as time goes by. This continues until no new hairs grow.

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Other Possible Causes 

Apart from these reasons, multiple other reasons might have caused the problem. However, in most cases, male pattern baldness isn’t a cause of some serious health disease. Other reasons for male pattern baldness include: 

  • Excessive stress 
  • Iron deficiency or anaemia
  • Too much Vitamin A
  • Diabetes 
  • Lupus 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Fungal infection 
  • Thyroid 
  • Some medications

Treatment and Prevention 

  • The sooner you visit your doctor, the better. It will be easier for you to stop further hair loss if you seek professional help in the early stage of the condition. 
  • Your doctor will prescribe medications which will help stimulate hair growth and fight the problem. There are medical treatments available which can help with the regrowth of hair. These work best when you start getting them at the beginning of the condition. If the hair loss becomes advances, then you might be able to restore it via hair transplant surgery.

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