The Connection Between Testosterone and Hair Loss

The Connection Between Testosterone and Hair Loss

You’ve probably read or heard a lot about the causes of hair loss and thinning hair or what factors may play into those causes. One topic much discussed in connection with hair loss is testosterone.  You might have heard that this hormone directly causes hair loss, while you also may have heard the connection is not so clear.

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At RHRLI, we’re experts on hair loss and thinning hair, and we want to give you the facts on the connection between testosterone and hair loss. We want to show you how it affects both men and women and let you know what science knows about the connection. If you’re looking for a permanent solution to hair loss and thinning hair. RHRLI is the only hair loss treatment center on Long Island that has the ARTAS® System, a robotic hair transplant system that ’s minimally invasive.

Testosterone and DHT

Testosterone is a hormone found in both men and women, but less so in women, according to WebMD. Testosterone affects sexual features and development with a large amount made in the testicles of men and a small amount made in the adrenal glands and in women, by the ovaries.  Testosterone contributes to a man’s sex drive and also contributes to bone and muscle mass, storing fat and red blood cell production. Abnormally high or low levels of testosterone can affect a man’s physical and mental health.

Low levels of testosterone can cause a lack of energy, depression and weight gain as well as less body hair.  The connection between testosterone and hair loss is related to a substance known as Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a byproduct of testosterone and is five times more potent, according to Healthline.

DHT is what causes hair loss in many cases, or more precisely, the interaction of DHT with your hair follicles, causes follicles to shrink. According to Ask Men, the most common theory is that DHT latches onto receptors in the follicle and causes hair loss by cutting off the supply of proteins and nutrients to the area causing the follicles to shrink.

The big myth surrounding testosterone is that men with androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern hair loss, have higher levels of the hormone and are more virile than other men. Not true, according to Healthline. You can have lower circulating levels of testosterone, while at the same time having higher levels of the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. Or you might have genes that give your hair follicles a high sensitivity towards DHT.

While women have lower testosterone levels than men do, they also get androgenetic alopecia and DHT is also believed to be responsible, according to WebMD.  However, women lose hair in a different pattern than men do.

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If you’re suffering from male or female pattern hair loss and want to find a permanent solution. RHRLI can help. The ARTAS® System uses precision robotic technology to find healthy donor hairs and transplant them to where they’re needed. The result is a natural looking head of hair. Contact RHRLI today.

Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.

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