No, there is not a cure for male pattern baldness. (Sorry.)

Science has made amazing strides in understanding male pattern baldness in recent years, but it still hasn’t gotten to the (ahem) root causes of what makes you lose your hair. In other words, there’s still no known cure for male pattern baldness, the most common form of hair loss, which accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men.

Luckily there are two FDA-approved treatments that’ve been clinically proven to stop hair loss in its tracks and even help with hair regrowth:

Finasteride: This is a prescription tablet that, when taken daily, blocks the production of DHT (a hormone that causes male pattern baldness) and has been proven to prevent the spread of receding hairlines and boost hair regrowth. Learn more about finasteride.

Minoxidil: This is a topical treatment that, when consistently applied twice a day to the scalp, helps maintain a fuller head of hair. It has been proven to be effective at slowing hair loss and promoting hair regrowth at the crown of your head. Learn more about minoxidil.

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Finasteride is an oral medication used to treat male pattern baldness in men only. It is not for use by women. When used by men, finasteride is generally safe but it can also cause serious side effects, including but not limited to allergic reactions, sexual dysfunction, and high-grade prostate cancer. Most patients find that problems with sexual function resolve when they stop taking the medicine. For full prescribing information, view the drug label information. For full prescribing information, view the drug label information.