Though I’ve written about hair loss myths for men before, especially myths surrounding testosterone replacement therapy, I want to approach it from a different angle and discuss a variety of hair loss myths, not just those related to testosterone.
However, since the myth about hair loss and testosterone is so persistent, I’m going to discuss it just a bit and refer you to my other article on the subject (if you’re looking to learn more).
Hair Loss Myths — #1: Testosterone Causes Balding (False)
This is not a myth in the sense that it’s 100% false; instead, it’s a myth in that there is not a direct relationship between testosterone and balding.
If you have high testosterone, that doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to go bald, and testosterone replacement therapy isn’t going to cause you to start going bald.
It’s more like this: There is a genetic basis to balding, and if you are genetically predisposed to lose your hair, you’re going to lose it regardless of your testosterone levels.
If you don’t have those genes, even elevated levels of testosterone are not going to cause you to lose your hair.
The relationship is definitely a bit subtler than what I’ve described here, so to learn more, read my article on baldness and testosterone.
Hair Loss Myths — #2: Bald Men Are Better in Bed/Have Higher Testosterone/Have More Sexual Partners (Very False)
This is another one of those hair loss myths that just seems to persist indefinitely, so let’s address it head on:
No, bald men are not more promiscuous, and they don’t have higher testosterone levels (which would lead to the higher number of sexual partners or an increased ability in bed, supposedly).
This myth is particularly persistent. It’s been around for several thousand years, at least, but it may be losing ground — and as you might expect, someone took the time to research the myth and prove it, as definitively as possible, one way or the other.
So here’s the research, and as perhaps you have guessed, it was found that not only was there no backing for the idea that bald men are more sexually impressive (that is, bald men did not have more sexual partners), it was actually found that bald men usually had fewer sexual partners than men with a full head of hair.
Might explain why Fabio, and not Bruce Willis, graces the covers of so many romance novels.
Hair Loss Myths — #3: If You’re Balding, It’s Your Mom’s Fault (False)
Just as the myth about hair loss and testosterone seems to persist and persist, we see the same problem with the myth that the “baldness gene” comes from mom.
And, just like the myth about testosterone and hair loss, the truth is a little more complicated than “hair loss = maternal genes.”
The reality is that there is a multitude of genes responsible for hair loss, and while some are going to come from mom, some are also going to come from dad. In fact, if your father or another male relative on your father’s side is bald, this is probably a better predictor of baldness than if your maternal grandfather was bald.
If You’re Worried About Hair Loss From Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Stop Worrying
The truth is, testosterone replacement therapy isn’t going to cause you to go bald — and it might actually improve your sex life.
Read our article on testosterone replacement therapy and baldness here — just click the button to get started.