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What is male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a natural hair loss problem that often runs in the family. It’s a common condition that affects younger as well as older men.

This service is only suitable for male pattern baldness. If you think you’ve got another type of hair loss, like alopecia, please get in touch with your GP.

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What are the signs of male pattern baldness?

Hair loss varies from person to person. The first signs are usually a receding hairline and hair thinning at the side and top of your head.

What causes male pattern baldness?

This type of hair loss is passed down through families — you can inherit it from either side.

It’s caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which your body produces from testosterone. DHT causes your hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop working.

What other types of hair loss are there?

This service is for male pattern baldness only. But there are other causes of hair loss, which include stress, illness, cancer treatment or a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Or it can happen if you lose weight very suddenly. In these situations your hair will usually grow back once you’re over the stress or illness. If you notice other symptoms along with your hair loss, it could be a sign of an underlying condition and you should speak to your GP.

Taking care of your mental health

Losing your hair can be difficult to come to terms with. It can leave you with low confidence, or even depression. If you’re worried that it’s affecting your mental health, it’s important to talk to your GP or a counsellor.

Page last reviewed by: Dr. Christina Hennessey 21/06/2021