Mother or Father? - the Baldness Gene

Mother or Father? - the Baldness Gene

Mother or Father? – the Baldness Gene

It is not entirely correct to say that male pattern baldness is passed down from your mother’s side. It is true that the primary baldness gene. The X chromosome comes only from their mothers. But, many other factors come to play in the cause of genetic hair loss. The hereditary factor is slightly more dominant on the woman’s side. Research suggests that men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who don’t.

The blame is relatively equal between each parent´s genes. On your genetic disposition to male pattern hair loss.

Dr. Fotis Gkaragkounis, Hair Restoration Europe comments “When assessing the potential for hair loss it´s important to look at both maternal and paternal traits to discover how strong the male pattern baldness gene is in the family”

Genetic hair loss

Androgenic alopecia, also known as genetic hair loss. Affects approximately half of all adults. They will lose some hair by the time they are 40. Hair loss is slow and progressive. With a gradual reduction in the quality of hair growth. From hair follicles slowing down the hair growth. Until they cease growing new hairs completely.

The hair loss pattern can be measured for men and women with the Norwood and Ludwig scales, given a progressive look at the potential hair loss pattern to occur from minor to advanced stages with genetic hair loss.

It is widely understood that the sex hormone (dihydrotestosterone) or DHT increases in the tissue and leads hairs to become thinner and stop growing out of the follicles altogether over time.

There was a German study carried out in 2005. It suggested that balding before the age of 40 may be dictated by a gene on the X-chromosome. Meaning that the predisposition would come from a mother’s side of the family. That said, a leading researcher connected to the study, Professor Markus Nöthen. Commented in a release “indications that other genes are involved which are independent of the parents’ sex.”

Although there is no cure for hair loss there are FDA approved treatments that can help to preserve and improve your existing hair when used on a consistent and regular basis. You should always take the advice of a medical professional before starting any treatment as results will vary from person to person.


The longest FDA approved hair loss treatment is applied topically to the scalp. Minoxidil will not restore your lost hair, but it can help to maintain and, in some cases, improve the quality of the existing hair. The treatment increases blood flow and delivers more oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles. It can be used twice daily to achieve the best results and available in different percentage strengths for men and women.


Used in tablet form daily by men for male pattern baldness. Finasteride works by decreasing the amount of a natural by-product of the male hormone (DHT). Decreasing the amount of DHT leads to increased hair regrowth and slower hair loss. Women should not use this medication.

Lasers Therapy

Used in various forms from Clinical machines to hand-held comb and caps that can be used at home these are the only other hair-loss treatment approved by the FDA in recent years. The use of low-level light helps stimulate improved cell reproduction, oxygen and blood circulation to the hair follicles. Used every other day for twenty-five minutes per session for the best results.

Other products, although not approved are widely recognised as being helpful in the fight against hair loss and like any treatment results will vary from person to person.

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