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Why women lose their hair (and what you can do about it)

hair loss in womenHair loss can occur in a number of ways. It may become apparent by a gradual thinning of the hair, with the scalp becoming more and more visible, or it can happen more dramatically, with clumps of hair falling out and bald patches appearing almost instantly.

In men, hair loss can often be attributed to the natural ageing process and is not often cause for alarm. And though it can have significant effects on men’s emotional state of mind, the effects can (arguably) be even more difficult when hair loss occurs in women.

Not only is it alarming to see one of your most prominent features disappearing, you also have to deal with a condition that is often seen as a male issue. There is a social stigma involved, and emotional repercussions, like low self-esteem, that must be addressed. But what is responsible for hair loss in women? Read in full

Finasteride 1mg price reduction

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Effective hair loss tablets
now available from 55p per day.

Finasteride 1mg is used to help prevent and restore male hereditary hair loss. In clinical trials, hair growth usually starts to improve after three months of taking finasteride 1mg tablets. Two thirds of men will benefit from renewed hair growth. Maximum benefit is seen after two years.

Generic Propecia (finasteride 1mg) was licensed in the UK in October 2014, although initially at a high cost similar to Merck branded Propecia.

Since then the price has reduced significantly and Dr Fox can now offer treatment from 55p per day, which is over 50% lower cost than other UK online doctors. Propecia/finasteride 1mg is a long term daily tablet taken (by men only) over several years, so the savings can be significant. Read in full

Is Propecia for me?

propeciaHair loss can be a traumatic, whether it happens rapidly or over the space of years. For some, it has to do with more than just losing hair, it can be about losing an important part of identity.

There are a number of treatments to help combat hair loss. Once you begin to investigate you will inevitably start to hear about Propecia. This pharmacological treatment has helped plenty of men over the years to have renewed hair growth with minimal side effects, but it is not a miracle cure. Read on to see if Propecia has the potential to meet your expectations.

What is Propecia?

Propecia, also known by its active ingredient finasteride, is a drug that prevents testosterone from turning into dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. In susceptible men DHT can reduce the activity of hair follicles, which in turn can result in hair loss. Reduction of DHT by taking regular finasteride is currently one of the only proven method of slowing hair loss, the other being topical minoxidil (Regaine). Propecia/finasteride is prescribed in 1mg tablets and is taken once daily. Read in full

Exploring the genetics of hair loss

man genetic baldnessWhere does hair loss originate? While there may be environmental factors and even psychological issues that cause thinning and loss of hair, genetics are actually responsible for a majority of cases of alopecia (the scientific term for hair loss). The more information available about the causes of each particular case, the easier it is to determine the right treatment and start down the path.

Which side does hair loss come from?

It is a common belief that if you are a man you need to look at your mother’s father. If he is bald, there is a good chance you will be bald as well. This statement is not entirely wrong but it is an oversimplification. The genes that your maternal grandfather passed on are important in determining if you will suffer from male pattern baldness, however the odds of losing your hair increase if there is a history of hair loss on your father’s side as well. The more people with male pattern baldness on both sides of your family tree, the higher the odds that you will suffer from it as well. Read in full

Patent for Propecia expires in the UK

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The UK patent for Propecia, a hair loss treatment for men, expired on the 11th Oct 2014. A few days later ‘generic Propecia’ or more accurately ‘generic finasteride’ became available from UK pharmacies. A generic medicine is a medicine which is the same as a branded original, but is prescribed and supplied by its medical name, rather than its brand name.

Propecia is a brand name. The active ingredient of Propecia tablets is finasteride 1mg. Propecia tablets and finasteride 1mg tablets are medically the same.

Dr Fox supplies both branded Propecia tablets from the drug company Merck (MSD), which held the original patent, and lower cost generic finasteride 1mg tablets, which other drug companies have made available since Merck’s UK patent expired.

Why patent expiry matters

When a medicine comes off patent price can fall dramatically. Men, who previously paid very high prices for Propecia, may be able to buy medically identical finasteride 1mg at lower prices. Read in full

The ultimate hair loss guide

Ultimate Guide to Hair Loss website logoDr Fox has compiled a comprehensive guide to hair loss resulting from extensive research into the various causes of male and female hair loss and possible treatments available.

What the guide covers

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Alopecia

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss and covers all types of balding. Find out about different forms, diagnosis and treatments.

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Male pattern hair loss

Male pattern baldness is a chief worry in many men’s lives. Explore this section for everything from what it is to causes and treatments.

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Female hair loss

Although receiving less attention female hair loss is a problem for many women, seriously affecting confidence and body image.

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Top ten ways people hide baldness

In a world obsessed with image, men are fighting a war against baldness and losing. Despite significant evidence that there are large groups of women attracted to bald men, premature baldness remains men’s kryptonite and they will go to incredible extremes to hide their weakness. Read in full

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Hair loss: why is this happening to me?

hair lossEveryone loses hair from time to time, with an average of 50-100 hairs lost per day, but if your hair is starting to disappear at a faster rate than normal it can often be cause for alarm. But hair loss is not a modern phenomenon, mankind has been losing hair for hundreds of years, even Julius Caesar’s famed laurel wreath is rumoured to have been a disguise for his thinning hair.

Although hair loss largely affects men, it is estimated that around 8 million women in the UK are affected by hair loss too. Hair loss isn’t gender specific and it’s not age specific either. By the age of 40 around 50% of men will have experienced significant hair loss, but it frequently affects males in their 20s and can even begin in your teens.

But whether you choose to embrace your new style, or are eager for treatments, it’s important to understand the reason for your hair loss. Read in full