Male-pattern baldness is a genetically determined condition, which
results in a predictable pattern of hair loss. The scientific name for
pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia (ANN-droe-jih-NET-ick
al-oh-PEE-shuh). Most hair loss is due to this condition. It
typically begins with a receding hairline, and a thinning of hair on the
crown. Eventually, you may be left with only a ring of hair on the sides
and back of your head. The cause of hair loss is a substance known as 'DHT,' which your body
creates from the male hormone, androgen (ANN-droe-jin). Excess
levels of DHT can cause hair follicles to thin, and finally die out; at this
point, hair stops growing. Currently, there are two medications that
may stabilize hair loss in certain patients, or even assist in partial
re-growth of hair. One is a topical solution called minoxidil
(min-OX-ih-dil); the other is a pill called finasteride (fih-NAS-ter-ide).
However, these medicines don't work for everyone, and if they're
discontinued, the new growth will fall out. To find out more
about male-pattern baldness, consult a healthcare professional.