Do Steroids Cause Hair Loss?

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Steroids Cause Hair LossIt is commonly believed that overuse of steroids can typically cause hair loss but this is a grossly over-exaggerated blanket statement that warrants further investigation. While hair loss after steroid treatment is possible, there is no evidence to support the claim that steroids can directly cause hair loss on their own.

Steroids and Hair Loss

When it comes to the relationship between steroids and hair loss, there are certain factors that need to be taken into account. While it is true that certain steroids such as Anadrol, Anavar, Dianabol, Masteron, Primobolan, Proviron, Trenbolone, and Winstrol can facilitate hair loss, these steroids do not directly cause hair loss. Hair loss is typically a genetic predisposition for both men and women, usually caused by an overabundance of the male testosterone hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Inexplicably, some people are immune to hair loss or male pattern baldness no matter how high their DHT levels are while others can reach level seven on the Norwood scale with little to no hair left on their heads. There is really no way of knowing whether the thing that causes one person to lose their hair will have the same affect on another person, and this also applies to hair loss after steroid treatments. Regardless, it is always worthwhile to research any steroids you are planning on taking, whether it is for medical purposes or to enhance physical performance.

Can Steroids Actually Cause Hair Loss?

Certain steroids (like the ones previously mentioned) combined with a hereditary predisposition to hair loss and male-pattern baldness can make your hair fall out faster than it would on its own. If you already have high levels of DHT, then you are most likely more susceptible to experience hair loss whether or not you imbibe in steroids. DHT attaches itself to your hair follicles, weakening and inflaming them. This makes the pre-existing hair fall out while at the same time preventing new hairs from growing.

As previously mentioned, though, there are some people who are more immune than others to hair loss no matter how high their DHT levels are because their hair follicles appear to be strong enough to withstand the affects of the hormone. This means that even if they do start taking steroids, it is unlikely to have a negative impact on their hair. Realistically, there is no such thing as steroid-induced hair loss because the fact is that the hair loss is hereditary and therefore, inevitable. Hair loss that occurs after steroid treatment was going to happen anyway, and it is most likely a consequence of having very weak hair follicles to being with combined with a high DHT level. Of course, adding steroids into the mix will only make matters worse because it will just speed up the hair loss process exponentially by strengthening the DHT hormone in your system.

Thankfully, there is a solution to this problem for both men and women.

Hair Loss Treatments in Toronto

The Canadian Hair Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists has been in business for over 20 years, and our expert hair transplant surgeons are highly qualified to help people who have suffered excessive hair loss due to steroid use. We have helped people from all over Canada and even some parts of the U.S. such as Buffalo achieve their hair transplant goals. For a free consultation, please call us at (905) 272-0190 or toll free at 1-800-563-3836.

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by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.