Want a quick answer? Androgenetic alopecia is another name for male pattern baldness. It’s the exact same thing, known by different names.

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The frequency

Androgenetic alopecia is the number one cause of hair loss around the world. And in the United States alone, more than 50 million men experience this condition. It affects two out of every three guys by the time they’re 35.

The cause

Its main cause? Genetics.

Male pattern baldness occurs when your hair follicles are extra sensitive to DHT, a hormone that causes hair thinning. This sensitivity is genetically inherited from your parents.

The symptoms

So, how do you know if you’re sensitive to DHT? Symptoms, such as a receding hairline or overall hair thinning on your scalp, may be signs that you’re experiencing male pattern hair loss.

The treatment

There’s no known cure for it currently. However, there are medically proven ways to prevent and control the symptoms of MPB, and even grow back some hair.

FDA-approved treatments, including finasteride and minoxidil, effectively prevent and fight hair loss. In fact, clinical trials found that a daily dose of finasteride stopped hair loss in 86% of men, and promoted hair regrowth in 65%.

You can learn more about treatment and getting started here.