What is DHT?

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Finding information that will help you end male pattern baldness may leave you with some unanswered questions. You may have read that the only way to end the hair loss associated with male pattern baldness is to block DHT, but exactly what is DHT?

DHT, short for Dihydrotestosterone, is a male hormone that is produced while still in utero. DHT is responsible for developing male characteristics, such as body hair, facial hair, deepening voice during puberty, the male sex drive, and the muscle tissue growth. DHT is not a bad hormone, but if it’s over produced, it can cause problems such as prostate problems and the hair loss in male pattern baldness.

Male pattern baldness usually begins when men are done growing, after the age of twenty and before the age of forty five. DHT production can be blocked using certain medications, such as Finasteride (Propecia) or Minoxidil (Rogaine), or supplements containing natural DHT blockers, such as Saw Palmetto and nettle root. There are also shampoos that contain an ingredient to block DHT from the scalp. Many men choose to use more than one DHT blocker or hair loss remedy at a time, as most of them are compatible with each other.

DHT is a male hormone. When women experience hair loss, it isn’t from DHT overproduction, but usually from the presence of too much testosterone. DHT blockers are made just for men. There are other products that will help women with hair loss.

DHT isn’t something to fear, but if male pattern baldness runs in your family, you may want to prevent an over production of it in your system by using a natural way to prevent it, or control it. To learn more about DHT, what it is, how to control it, and other interesting facts.

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