Do you know that an adult loses more than 11,000 scalp hairs every day? This goes for men and women. These are usually replaced with new hair follicles. Unfortunately, for millions of men they do not, and bald patches start appearing on the head. Males aged between 25 and 40 can start going bald.

Male baldness is usually hereditary, and it might surprise you to learn that if you go bald, it will come from a gene carried by your mother, not your father. So if the men in her side of the family had a tendency to lose their hair, there’s a good chance that you will follow suit. Baldness occurs when the male hormone, testosterone, is converted into another hormone, DHT, which prevents your hair follicles from re-growing.

The medical term for baldness is alopecia. It usually begins with a receding hairline or on the crown of the head. Luckily, thanks to modern medicine, there are medications that you can take to help re-grow your hair.

One of the most widely used prescription drugs for this purpose is Propecia. This effective medication contains a substance called finasteride which stops the DHT hormone from working. The resultant effect is that re-growth of your hair can start. Propecia will also slow down the rate that you lose hair.

You will have to visit your doctor to make sure that Propecia is safe for you to use. But there is no reason why it shouldn’t be. Millions of men are using it every day with impressive results. Propecia is easy to take – just one pill every day. But don’t be impatient – you might not notice any benefits until you have been using this medication for as long as 6 months.

Important warning: if your wife or girlfriend is pregnant and you are using Propecia, she must not handle your tablets. If your unborn baby is a boy, the development of his sexual organs may be affected if absorbed through his mother’s skin.