Hey Doc, I have posted before and you replied, but I was very unhappy with your posted answer so I though I would rephrase my question. I am a 22 year old male who has thinning the kind you see in old women. Its pretty thin, and when i shower or go in the pool you can clearly see my scalp, its embarassing. Is DHT the chemical responsible for my balding. PLEASE dont tell me to see a doctor and leave it at that. I have Truly DIFFUSE UNPATTERNED alopecia. Hypothetically speaking, if you were my doctor, and you determined this what would you tell me to do short, SHORT of a hair transplant. Is Rogaine more effective than Propecia or Avodart for my kind of balding? Does Rogain work well in Women? Thanks for the help, your website kicks ass and has really helped me.
Male hair loss presenting as Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA) is different from male pattern hair loss. If you have a diffuse pattern hair loss, that would include in what we call the donor area, which is the area in the occipital and bitemporal areas (the fringe around your head and sides), then you need to be evaluated first with blood work to rule out hypothyroidism, anemia, hormone imbalance, autoimmune disease, etc. Possibly, a dermatologist can biopsy your head if you have inflammatory disease on your scalp which can cause diffuse pattern hair loss. The process we call DUPA, when there is no metabolic or autoimmune problem indentified, may respond to Propecia (about 50% of men will get a partial reversal in my experience).