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Minoxidil can be a great friend with benefits when it comes to hair loss, but does it come with some strings attached?
Minoxidil is the main active ingredient in the topical treatment Rogaine, one of the most popular hair loss treatments on the market.
Minoxidil is thought to work as a vasodilator, enlarging hair follicles and extending the hair growth phase.
However, one study found that low levels of patients reported some form of sexual dysfunction after Minoxidil use.
Sexual dysfunction is a symptom that can occur from hair loss treatments that use DHT blockers.
DHT or dihydrotestosterone is a prominent male sex hormone derived from testosterone that binds to receptors in hair follicles, causing them to miniaturize. This leads to hair thinning and eventual baldness.
Since these treatments interrupt the production of male sex hormones, sexual dysfunction can also occur.
Symptoms including decreased libido, impotence, and ejaculation disorder can all occur with hair-loss treatments that involve hormone blockers.
Minoxidil, however, doesn’t use DHT blockers in its treatment, so why were patients reporting sexual dysfunction?
When compared to DHT blocking treatments, the study showed that Minoxidil users reported symptoms such as erectile dysfunction at very low rates.
Only 4.35% of Minoxidil patients reported erectile dysfunction, compared to the 50.39% of patients who used DHT blockers.
While Minoxidil’s sexual dysfunction effects are reported at much lower rates, the question still remains as to why they would occur at all?
The most likely answer is that these patients were experiencing sexual dysfunction due to other reasons such as stress, high blood pressure, or a range of other causes.
RedRestore’s laser hair growth system is safe to use in conjunction with Minoxidil and users may see even greater hair-growth results compared to standalone treatments.
Laser therapy uses red and near-infrared light to improve hair growth by reducing DHT levels and increasing blood flow.
With no known link between Minoxidil and testosterone, Minoxidil should be considered a safe hair treatment for those worried about sexual side effects.
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