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richard77
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I'm 23 and acutely worried that I may be going bald (at the front).

I would like if its possible to stop and reverse this trend but I'm not sure what the best course of action is. I've done some research on the web and most sites talk about expensive remedies that may work.

Does anyone have any advice?

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Heather
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If you're going to bald, you're going to bald: male-pattern baldness is geneteic, and while some medications and treatments can slow the process (a little), there's nothing to stave it off completely or reverse it.

You can talk to your general doctor about those varying treatments, but the best course of action -- and my bad partner backs me up with this one, having spent an ungodly sum trying to fend his off, which ultimately was silly since he looks awesome regardless -- is usually just to invest your energy in getting comfortable with life with or without hair or a given configuration of hair.

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dailicious
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Your best course of action would be to first speak to your doctor and go from there - he or she will be able to best help assess the problem you are having and choose the most appropriate course of action for you from there based on your needs and financial situation.

Unfortunately, especially in the case of male pattern baldness if that's what you're experiencing, any sort of treatments for hair regrowth or to slow hair-loss are going to be more intensive and expensive. Also, many treatments require you to start before you begin losing a large amount of hair, as they won't work after the hair is gone. So, get into your doctor sooner than later if losing your hair is a large concern of yours.

(There also may not be a lot more advice we can give you here aside from seeing your doctor - our resources and education are more intended for young adults and sexual health care/issues, not for as many other medical/appearance/etc.-related questions)

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[ 01-14-2007, 06:04 PM: Message edited by: dailicious ]

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richard77
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Thanks for that response.

If its genetic then who is my family do I get it from?

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Heather
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it used to be thought that male pattern baldness could always be based on if your maternal grandfather was bald, but it's now thought that if your father is bald, that's also a predictor.

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