Whilst male pattern baldness can become the bane of your life, its solutions might be even worse for you as it’s been revealed that common hair-growth drugs can negatively affect your sex life – what’s it going to be guys, passion or fashion?

A recent study conducted by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has revealed that twenty-five percent of men regularly taking Finasteride or Dutasteride – more commonly known as Proscar and Avodart – for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement (BPH) – a condition that enlarges the prostate, putting pressure on your bladder and affecting the passing of urine – are appearing not to receive any benefit from the medication whatsoever.

The medication is also regularly prescribed for those of us suffering from male pattern baldness – better known as Alopecia, an hereditary condition caused by oversensitive hair follicles due to having too much of a particular male hormone.

Furthermore, the study has revealed that the regular consumption of Finasteride causes a significant loss of libido in 10% of users and erectile dysfunction in 18%. If you’ve inherited male pattern baldness or are suffering from it, it may be time to rethink your way of going about solving it as the side-effects seem a little too lacklustre.

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Finasteride and Dutasteride are in the family of drugs known as 5a-reductase inhibitors (5A-RIs) – a class of drugs with antiandrogen effects which prevents the conversion of Testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone. Androgen – male hormones that biologically effect responsive tissues – is a primary cause of male pattern baldness and can often lead to Telogen Effluvium – when your hair exits its growing and resting phases and enters the shedding phase.

Abdulmaged Traish – professor of biochemistry and urology at BUSM – led the study that has revealed the adverse side effects on a 5A-RI user’s sex life. Traish added that inhibition of 5A-R activity may potentiate insulin resistance, type-2 diabetes, vascular disease, and osteoporosis. Traish also confirmed that whilst parts of the study aren’t definitive, but smaller psychiatric side effects such as depression and anxiety have been brought on by the drugs as well.

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Whilst we all want to keep our beautiful, healthy hair, is it really worth risking not only the loss of our libido but our health – both mentally and physically – just so we can keep our locks?

If you’re worried about the way you’ll look if you refuse the medication and go bald gracefully, you have nothing to worry about as HIS Hair are the world’s leading practitioners in Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) – a non-surgical treatment which involves the insertion of specially designed pigments to create the illusion of a full head of hair. With 17 clinics in four continents and over 100 different shades of pigments, HIS Hair could be the solution to all your problems.

If you’re suffering from male pattern baldness and don’t want to risk your mental and physical health as well as your libido – contact HIS Hair today and book a consultation to find out what SMP can do for you.



By Ian Watson


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