Hair Loss in Men
Welcome to Qoctor’s online prescription service, which provides treatment for Hair Loss in Men. Before proceeding, we recommend you take a few minutes to learn more about this condition- there’s lot of helpful health information below.
About Hair Loss
All men will experience some thinning of their hair during their lives- many are not concerned by it, and have no wish to take any action, whilst others may prefer to seek treatment. Finasteride ( also known as Propecia) is a medication that can reduce hair loss in some men.
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Qoctor can guide you safely through getting treatment for hair loss. You can choose to have a paper prescription sent to your home, workplace or local pharmacy. Or for added convenience, order your medication online- Qoctor can send it to you via express delivery, wherever you are in Australia!
- Qoctor’s online doctor fee is just $19.99- this includes standard postage for your prescription or medication
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- If you order medication for delivery, the pharmacy price of the product you choose will make up the rest of the cost
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If you’d like to try a medication for your symptoms, simply select one of the medications below and we’ll take you through a series of important questions to make sure it’s the right choice for you.
Common Questions and Answers
The scalp skin normally changes testosterone to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. In balding men it seems that the hair follicles become too sensitive to dihydrotestosterone and react by shrinking over time. Normally a single hair should last around 3 years, but as hair follicles shrink, the hairs become thinner and shed more often, until they get so short and thin that they no longer grow out through the skin.
At first, the hair recedes or thins around the temples, while also becoming thinner on the top of the head. These areas of hair loss get bigger and join up, leaving a patch of hair at the front of the head, which over time also becomes thinner. Often a narrow band of hair will be left around the back and sides of the head, though this too can be lost, leading to complete baldness.
The length of time it takes to go bald varies widely between men- from just a few years to more than twenty years.
Other conditions can cause hair loss, though in a different pattern to male pattern hair loss. If you think your hair loss is very rapid, unusual or not in the pattern described above, you should see your doctor. Patchy hair loss can be caused by ring worm, which is a fungal infection. The autoimmune condition Alopecia Areata can cause patches of baldness, and sometimes complete hair loss. General thinning of the hair can be caused by an underactive thyroid gland, low iron, lupus, or a side effect of various medications.
Finasteride (Propecia) is a prescription medication that works by blocking the change from testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. The size of the hair follicles then increases which helps hair growth. Somewhere between 1 in 3 and 1 in 6 men who take Finasteride get satisfactory hair regrowth. It can take about 4 months to see noticeable results, though it can take up to 2 years to achieve the full effect. If the medication is stopped, the baldness will return. Side effects are uncommon, but some men may report a lower sex drive.
Other options include Minoxidil (often branded as Regaine or Rogaine)- this is a lotion available over-the-counter from pharmacies that is applied to the scalp. It is not clear if it is particularly effective, but it may prevent further hair loss in the early stages of baldness. It does not seem to cause much regrowth. Aside from these medications, some men may consider the option of hair transplant surgery.
Health Library- Male Pattern Baldness
All men will experience a some loss of hair over time. For most, this does not cause much concern, but some may wish to do something about it. Male pattern baldness is thought to be caused by increased sensitivity of the hair follicles to the hormone dihydrotestosterone- the hair follicles gets smaller over time, causing the hair to become thinner and fall out more easily- it usually starts around the temples and top of the head, and may spread to other areas.
There are a few potential treatments. Finasteride (Propecia) can be useful in some cases- up to 1 in 3 men may experience enough regrowth with this treatment to make it worth continuing. If hair loss is unusual in pattern, appears patchy or occurs very rapidly, it’s wise to speak to a doctor to ensure their are no underlying causes. The following articles explore the issue of male pattern hair loss in more detail.
Most men will experience some degree of hair loss during their lives- many have no wish to take any action, but some may opt to seek treatment. So, what causes male pattern baldness and what can be done to prevent or reverse it? How can our online doctors save you time? The scalp skin normally changes testosterone to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. In balding men it seems that the hair follicles become too sensitive to this hormone and react by shrinking over time. Normally a single hair should last around 3 years, but as hair follicles shrink, the hairs become thinner and shed more often, until they get so short and thin that they no longer grow out through the skin. At first, the hair recedes or thins around the temples, while also becoming thinner on the top of the head. [...]
Hair loss is a normal process which naturally occurs as men get older. It is thought to affect almost all men at some point in their life, and at least half of all men over the age of 50. So if it’s common and normal, why does it cause some guys so much stress? Click here to get your prescription There is a common misconception that loss of hair is related to a change in testosterone levels. In fact, testosterone levels are normal. Testosterone is changed to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone by skin cells in the scalp. It is thought the hair follicles become more sensitive to this hormone over time, which makes them weaker and eventually causes the hair to fall out. Hair loss can affect a man’s confidence and self esteem. The psychological impact can be quite significant for some men, [...]