Balding and Testosterone — Myths and Facts
There are a lot of myths out there about the connection between balding and testosterone, especially when it comes to men’s performance in the bedroom. For many years, the prevailing myth has been that men who are bald are somehow more virile than men who have a full head of hair.
This is not a new idea—people have believed there to be a strong connection since the time of the ancient Greeks. The BBC wrote a great article on this very subject a few years back (you can read more about what the BBC found about balding and testosterone here).
It turns out that this particular myth is basically false. The amount of testosterone in a man’s body has nothing to do with whether he will or will not develop male pattern baldness. Nor does the amount of hair on a man’s head have any sort of effect on his performance (or lack thereof). The link between balding and testosterone is more complex than that, and this link is very different from the link between men’s sexual performance and testosterone.
Like most processes in our body, balding is a very complex process governed by a combination of genes. The connection between balding and testosterone comes into play when the genes begin the balding process. Several of these genes make hair follicles unreasonably delicate and attuned to testosterone, so much so that they start shutting down. The amount of testosterone doesn’t matter—a tiny amount will do the trick.
Balding and Testosterone Injections Are Not Related
The main takeaway here is that testosterone injections are not going to cause you to go bald and being bald is not going to enhance your performance in the bedroom (sorry guys). You either have the baldness genes or you don’t, and no amount of testosterone is going to make you lose hair or grow hair. On the other hand, testosterone injections have been shown to increase male performance in the bedroom (at least there’s good news!)
When it comes to balding and testosterone, the issues doesn’t even really lie in testosterone itself. Instead, it’s one of the byproducts of testosterone that is the problem. An enzyme in your body breaks down testosterone, and one of the products of this breakdown interacts with your hypersensitive follicles. The follicles are so susceptible to the action of this chemical that they slowly shut down. So balding and testosterone are related, but not in the way you would think.
Thankfully, we know that testosterone shots themselves aren’t going to cause anyone to lose hair on the top of their head—balding and testosterone just aren’t related in that way. While one of the side effects of too much testosterone can be hair growth, this is generally limited to the rest of the body. Click here to learn more about some of the side effects of testosterone and how we worked to limit them as much as possible.
Body and Facial Hair Loss Can Be A Sign Of Low Testosterone
While balding and testosterone are not related (at least, not the way one would think), body and facial hair loss can be signs of low testosterone. If you’ve found that you can’t grow a beard the way you used to or that you’re losing body hair, it could be low testosterone.
We have a simple test that you can take to see if it’s possible that Low T is what’s causing your symptoms.
If you’re just ready to talk to someone about your symptoms, we understand. Click here to set up a free consultation so you can talk face-to-face with a medical care provider.