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Steroids - The impact on hair growth and hair loss

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The majority of men will suffer to varying degrees from genetic prone hair loss over their lifetime; commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness.MPB is caused by an active enzyme, 5-Alpha reductase fusing with the male hormone, testosterone, and forming DHT, di-hydrotestosterone. DHT is a waste product that as no known positive use to the body; but it does trigger the male pattern baldness gene that causes hair loss.

In the same way there are drugs available that reduce the production of DHT, and stabilise and or improve hair growth; there are drugs that can increase the production of DHT. The use of steroids themselves necessarily cause hair loss, but if you are prone to the MPB gene using testosterone enhancing drugs can accelerate the hair loss process.

Increasing the levels of DHT if you carry the male pattern baldness gene can either trigger hair loss if has not already; the shedding cycle increases with more hair falling on a day to day basis, and less hair regrows. The follicle will move through the growth, resting stages faster with each cycle the hair miniaturising until the follicles stop reproducing hairs.

Performance enhancing drugs are prevalent in the body building world, and some high profile athletes over the last few years have tested positive and exposed for their illegal use to get an edge over their competitors.

There are a number of steroids that do not carry the risk of hair loss, but the majority with androgenic compounds cause DHT side effects. The greater the androgenic rating of the steroid the greater probability genetic hair loss will be affected.


If I Stop Steroids Will My Hair Grow Back?

Stopping steroids will have an effect on your hair loss; like many drugs when you stop the desired effect you got from using reduces as the steroid leaves your system. Hair loss will begin to stabilise with less hair shedding, but once the male pattern baldness gene has been triggered hair loss will continue; hair lost will not regrow.

There is no cure for male pattern baldness, but there are FDA approved treatments that can help to reduce the shedding cycle, improving hair growth and in some cases improving the hair quality to be fuller and thicker.

That said, genetic hair loss cannot be reversed; the drug finasteride, taken orally 1mg per day has been proven to lower the levels of DHT produced in the body; this can certainly slow down or even stabilise hair loss. The topical hair loss treatment minoxidil is also FDA approved as a hair loss treatment and can be used along with finasteride.

If hair loss is caught early enough and you respond well to medications they can sustain your hair growth for many years; either of the above treatments require constant use, stopping at any time the positive affects stop.

Using hair loss medications whilst on steroids will greatly reduce the positive effects of the treatment; and possibly dependent on the androgenic rating of the steroid and how strong the male pattern baldness gene is simply have no effect.

Can I Have A Hair Transplant?

As long as the hair used for the hair transplant is only taken from a safe area of the scalp, immune from the male pattern baldness gene then a hair transplant can be a viable option to restoring your hair.

For more information contact Vinci Hair Clinic
 
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Interesting and informative post this thanks Vinci.
 
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Nice post €¦ €¦ €¦I never understood why someone would want to take steroids €¦ €¦it €™s seems like cheating to me but I guess the high end athletes have too much on the line not to take the risk. What €™s even worse than some of them experiencing accelerated hair loss is that many of them experience severe health issues later in life often to their regret.

There seems to be some kind of connection to the endocrine system and how the brain operates too €¦ €¦ €¦..scary stuff.
 
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Vinci Hair Clinic wrote:
The majority of men will suffer to varying degrees from genetic prone hair loss over their lifetime; commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness.MPB is caused by an active enzyme, 5-Alpha reductase fusing with the male hormone, testosterone, and forming DHT, di-hydrotestosterone. DHT is a waste product that as no known positive use to the body; but it does trigger the male pattern baldness gene that causes hair loss.

In the same way there are drugs available that reduce the production of DHT, and stabilise and or improve hair growth; there are drugs that can increase the production of DHT. The use of steroids themselves necessarily cause hair loss, but if you are prone to the MPB gene using testosterone enhancing drugs can accelerate the hair loss process.

Increasing the levels of DHT if you carry the male pattern baldness gene can either trigger hair loss if has not already; the shedding cycle increases with more hair falling on a day to day basis, and less hair regrows. The follicle will move through the growth, resting stages faster with each cycle the hair miniaturising until the follicles stop reproducing hairs.

Performance enhancing drugs are prevalent in the body building world, and some high profile athletes over the last few years have tested positive and exposed for their illegal use to get an edge over their competitors.

There are a number of steroids that do not carry the risk of hair loss, but the majority with androgenic compounds cause DHT side effects. The greater the androgenic rating of the steroid the greater probability genetic hair loss will be affected.


If I Stop Steroids Will My Hair Grow Back?

Stopping steroids will have an effect on your hair loss; like many drugs when you stop the desired effect you got from using reduces as the steroid leaves your system. Hair loss will begin to stabilise with less hair shedding, but once the male pattern baldness gene has been triggered hair loss will continue; hair lost will not regrow.

There is no cure for male pattern baldness, but there are FDA approved treatments that can help to reduce the shedding cycle, improving hair growth and in some cases improving the hair quality to be fuller and thicker.

That said, genetic hair loss cannot be reversed; the drug finasteride, taken orally 1mg per day has been proven to lower the levels of DHT produced in the body; this can certainly slow down or even stabilise hair loss. The topical hair loss treatment minoxidil is also FDA approved as a hair loss treatment and can be used along with finasteride.

If hair loss is caught early enough and you respond well to medications they can sustain your hair growth for many years; either of the above treatments require constant use, stopping at any time the positive affects stop.

Using hair loss medications whilst on steroids will greatly reduce the positive effects of the treatment; and possibly dependent on the androgenic rating of the steroid and how strong the male pattern baldness gene is simply have no effect.

Can I Have A Hair Transplant?

As long as the hair used for the hair transplant is only taken from a safe area of the scalp, immune from the male pattern baldness gene then a hair transplant can be a viable option to restoring your hair.

For more information contact Vinci Hair Clinic
Educational post, nicely done! Thanks.
 
Dr Devroye

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A good informative post on the effects steroids have on your hair.
 
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Steroids have long been associated with hair loss and other sides but people still use them knowing all the risks.
Good post.
 
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Bigmac wrote:
Steroids have long been associated with hair loss and other sides but people still use them knowing all the risks.
Good post.
Thanks for all the comments, here are a few of the more common steroids used, with varying degrees of androgenic rating.

Winstrol (Stanozolol)
Masteron
Anavar (Oxandrolone)
Primobolan (Methenolone)
Anadrol (Oxymetholone)
Trenbolone
Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)
Proviron (Mesterolone)