Propecia: How does it help men regrow hair?

It’s a problem thousands of men face: going bald.  Years ago there was nothing that could be done to help those that were losing their hair but a lot has changed over the past few years.  Now there is a pill that men can take to reverse the effects of baldness.   One of the popular treatments on the market right now is Propecia.

How does Propecia work?
Doctors believe hair loss happens when a substance called dihydrotesterone (DHT) begins to shrink hair follicles.  Propecia stops DHT and in turn stops hair from falling out.  It not only stops hair loss, it also stimulates the scalp and encourages new hair growth.  The medication treats mild to moderate male pattern baldness at the top and sides of the head, however it doesn’t help with receding hair lines.

What’s the success rate?
Propecia is a once daily pill that is taken for three months or more before you see results.   Clinical studies have shown 9 out of 10 men who take Propecia had visible results. 

What have studies shown?
*2 out of 3 men regrew hair while taking Propecia
*A majority of men said their hair looked and felt thicker while taking the medication
*Men are likely to see their hair stop falling out

What are the side effects?
According to Propeica’s website, a small number of men had sexual side effects like loss of desire and difficulty getting an erection.  The side effects were found in about 2% of patients and the problems did go away once a man stopped taking the medication.  The pill also shouldn’t be handled by pregnant women.  The ingredients that make up the medication can have harmful effects on a fetus, but only when the pill is crushed or broken.   A pregnant women should contact a doctor if they come in contact with a broken pills.

Talk to your doctor to see if Propecia is right for you.