Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non cancerous increase in prostate size. It does not directly cause hair loss, but the two may still be related. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) stimulates the growth of prostate cells, which contributes to normal prostate growth in adolescence. Older men with an overproduction of DHT however, may end up with an abnormal enlarged prostate. Excess DHT is also the main cause of male pattern baldness in men. This means that although BPH does not cause balding, the hormone that causes BPH can also cause hair loss.
Because of this, if you inhibit the production of DHT you can help to prevent both BPH and male pattern baldness from occurring. Fortunately, there is a medication available that does just that. Propecia, an FDA-approved tablet taken once a day, is available by prescription only. It works to inhibit the formation of the DHT hormone that weakens hair and halts its growth. It is not approved for use by women and must be taken on an on-going basis to maintain its benefit. Propecia may be purchased from Bosley at the Bosley Store with the appropriate prescription which you can get during a free Bosley consultation.