Hair loss is very common in men and sometimes caused by reasons such as stress, illness, certain medical treatments, cancer treatment or iron deficiency. However, what you may be experiencing is commonly described as male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. This type of hair loss can affect you at any time after puberty, but becomes more common with age, and is thought to affect half of men over the age of 501.
Hair loss, or more specifically male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. Meaning often this is inherited from one or both of your parents. Your body produces a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This potent hormone is produced from testosterone and causes changes in the hair follicles on your scalp. Your hair, produced by the affected follicles, becomes smaller in diameter, shorter in length and lighter in colour until the follicles shrink completely and stop producing hair.
The good news is that male pattern baldness will not harm your physical health, but it can affect your self-confidence. There are many treatment options available, including surgical, so, it is important to find the right treatment for you.