How to Keep Your Hair on TRT – Finasteride
TRT can accelerate the hair loss process in some men. What options do you have to potentially stop this unwanted side-effect? Finasteride could be a solution. While it doesn’t work for everyone, it may be worth looking at for most.
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As you’ve probably heard, some people experience accelerated hair loss after they start Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Now to be fair, most of these people already have a genetic predisposition to hair loss… meaning their hair was going to fall out anyway, TRT just sped the process up a bit.
So if you happen to be one of these people, you have a few choices… One, you could stop your TRT protocol. But honestly… who wants to do that? Two, you could shave your head and pretend like being bald was intentional; some people can pull it off, some can’t. Or Three, you could try to stop your hair from falling out and possibly get some of it back. Today we’re going to discuss Option 3.
Finasteride, also known as Propecia, is a prescription medication that’s been shown to effectively reverse hair loss. It does this by preventing the conversion of Testosterone to DHT in the body. You don’t want to convert too much Testosterone to Estrogen and you don’t want to convert too much Testosterone to DHT. Finasteride is an oral medication taken daily. It can take three months or more before you start seeing results, so you have to be patient. And if you stop taking Finasteride, you will probably start to lose your hair again… so this is not a temporary remedy.
If you want some science, there was a 2 year clinical trial where 66% of the men taking Finasteride had visible hair growth on the top of their head. Only 7%, on a placebo, experienced the same results.
But let’s go back and talk about why you’re losing your hair in the first place. As I’ve mentioned, it’s due to DHT, which is an androgen in your body that gives you male characteristics when you go through puberty. It assists with giving you a deeper voice, increases body hair and muscle mass, changes how fat is stored in your body, and increases the size of sex organs… so yes, for some of you, the good Lord was pretty stingy with the DHT.
So how does hair grow in the first place? It’s actually pretty interesting. It begins with tiny capsules that contain a single strand of hair called follicles. Now your hair goes through a growth cycle that lasts anywhere from 2 to 6 years. Even if you shave or cut your hair during that time, that same hair grows back from the root, within the follicle.
At the end of that cycle, your hair enters what’s called the “Resting Phase” before it finally falls out a few months later. Then your follicle produces a brand new hair, and the cycle starts all over again.
But when excess DHT is freely flowing through your bloodstream, it can link to receptors on the hair follicles in your scalp. This causes them to shrink and become less capable of supporting a healthy head of hair. Your hair starts to thin and eventually stops growing altogether. DHT can also make it take longer for your follicles to grow new hair once the old one falls out.
Some other issues that can arise from elevated DHT are slow healing of skin after an injury, an enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, and even coronary disease.
Now back to Finasteride… it’s also used in reducing the size of an enlarged prostate. Therefore, you might experience lower than average readings on a PSA test. Finasteride should not be given to women or children. And, since it can be absorbed through the skin, neither women nor children should even handle it; especially if that woman happens to be pregnant. And lastly, yes, Viking Alternative Medicine prescribes Finasteride for those that need it.
This video wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the potential side effects of Finasteride, which are: Swelling of your hands or feet, dizziness, weakness, headache, runny nose, skin rash, and Sexual issues that nobody in their right mind would ever want. As always, the list of side effects probably happen with an extremely small percentage of those that use the medication. So keep that in mind.
There you have it… the reason your hair grows, the reason it falls out, and how you could potentially stop the balding process altogether.
But whether you have a full, thick head of hair… or you’re bald… You Are Never Too Old To Live Like A Viking.