View Full Version : hair loss at 16 affecting my career

03-17-2015, 05:23 AM
i am 16 year old, studying in grade 11 and for around two years i am suffering from male pattern baldness, it has totally affected my self esteem, i am not able to concentrate on my studying well due to it, my performance has got down so much, I am preparing for entrances to iit(indian institute of technology) and it is considered to be one of the most difficult examinations in the world,hair loss has affected my preparation too,it is anually given by 1.5 million students every year,Please someone help me to cope up with me, when i try to concenterate,image of me being as bald in 20s come and when trying to focus on studying my mind wanders to the thinning hairs(temples and vertex),i am feeling suicidal, the girl i cared for me stopped talking me due to my failure lately,i have always been one of the best student in the school but now the situation has transformed totally,please help!

03-17-2015, 06:10 AM
How is the history of hair loss in your family?

Currently there is no cure for hair loss.

The treatments are propecia/finasteride which inhibits/blocks your testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone(DHT) which has been strongly linked with male pattern baldness.
However, this drug is quite expensive and it does often go with very strong side effects: Loss in libido, loss in penile sensitivity and erectile dysfunction. These can be irreversible; If you go off the drug, the side effects will persist.

This drug is often used together with minoxidil which seems to have a temporarily effect for ~2-3 years. Then you lose quicker. It irritates the skin: Scratchy, easily sunburned, dries out which can cause wrinkles.

Other than that there is hair transplants. These are expensive and rely on good donor area. It won't stop hair loss, it will just move what you have to a different place.

That's pretty much the current options, perhaps you should see a psychiatrist or something? Best of luck to you, hope you will figure out how to solve your problems.

03-17-2015, 06:11 AM
The poster above me is wrong, finasteride side effects are uncommon, and with the advent of generics, it's very cheap. I would consider going on the drug, it will keep your hair for w long time.

If you're in India, the drug is sold under the names Finpecia and a Fincar, made by Cipla.

03-17-2015, 06:33 AM
Hello Aman, welcome to the forum!

I never refer to other members post in a negative way but Trenblastoise comment is extremely negative and an unnecessary advice to a young fella facing hair loss

First thing first...have you been able to contact a doctor? It's important to do so and make sure you have MPB. It looks to me like you are under a great deal of stress due to your academic test and in some cases that can be causing hair loss.

If in fact you have MPB, there are still a few options for you my friend. I personally used propecia for 10 years when I was in my twenties and it was fine

It's also irresponsible for me to say that there are no risk associated with Propecia (fin) but your doctor should be able to tell you if it's right for you.

As for minoxidil (another drug available) I have been using it for many years with no sides what so ever as this one is fairly save, not as efficient as fin but it definitely helps.

Finally my friend, stay optimistic, I know how hard this is, but you have reasons to try.
It look like you are a clever guy with a promising career in front of you and hair loss cannont take control over that. You do have options and also lets not forget there are many ongoing researchs looking for a better a safer option for hair loss and chances are you will be able to use them before you loss your hair

03-17-2015, 07:24 AM
Hi Aman825 and welcome to this forum!
You are at the right place to get good advice.

KO1 and Efedrez are both very CORRECT. Their advice given to you is very good.
You must see your doctor about Finasteride. Also, Finasteride side-effects ARE uncommon as KO1 has said.
Aman' I have been on Finasteride (generic) for 19 months now.
NO terrible side-effects from it and it IS improving my hair overall.

You can check out my thread on this..'Artista and Finasteride' .
My doctor has prescribed over 100 of his patients on Fin' NONE of them have had any bad side-effects from it.

03-17-2015, 08:49 AM
Just bare in mind that this guy is only 16. I would wait a few years before considering fin.

I've been on fin for 18months. Side effects were difficult in the first few months. I lowered my dosage and carried on and now the sides are much better. Not sure if that is because I lowered the dose or because I carried on with the treatment (body/mind adapted) or a combination of both. Be aware that it's not a Miracle drug but it is definitely effective at slowing for hair loss down.

03-17-2015, 09:32 AM
Oh my! I overlooked the fact that he said his age was only at 16 years old!
Thanks Dimoxynil!!!

At that age NO ONE should be on any type of medications like that for hair loss.

Aman' please respond here. You had mentioned this "...i am feeling suicidal..."

I want to have a dialog with you.. especially if you are being honest here about what you said!

I am concerned!

03-17-2015, 09:41 AM
I disagree about being too young, he's old enough to be balding, he's old enough to be suicidal about balding, I think he's old enough to take the risk.

03-17-2015, 10:24 AM
I disagree about being too young, he's old enough to be balding, he's old enough to be suicidal about balding, I think he's old enough to take the risk.

Perhaps. But perhaps with the right support he could become emotionally more stable and wait a few years later when hormone suppressants are safer. In any case it's a risk v benefit decision

03-17-2015, 10:31 AM
I understand your point KO1...I also agree with Dimoxynil,
Aman' MUST become emotionally stable before embarking into any type of hair loss medication.

Aman' ,,please respond when you can buddy!!

03-17-2015, 10:43 AM
Perhaps. But perhaps with the right support he could become emotionally more stable and wait a few years later when hormone suppressants are safer. In any case it's a risk v benefit decision

No doubt that ideally he should wait till 18, just pointing out that a blanket ban may not be appropriate.

03-17-2015, 10:51 AM
I disagree about being too young, he's old enough to be balding, he's old enough to be suicidal about balding, I think he's old enough to take the risk.

I agree though my opinion is heavily biased. However, he's going to have a hard time finding a doc who's willing to prescribe him fin I figure. You could potentionally buy your finasteride online but as you're 16 you're prob not yet able to do so and your parents would have to do this for you and I don't think they would want to do that...

03-17-2015, 10:55 AM
It's only affecting your career? Lucky guy.... it's affecting my LIFE.

03-17-2015, 02:12 PM
It's only affecting your career? Lucky guy.... it's affecting my LIFE.

Thanks for your input... That will really help the lad

03-17-2015, 02:37 PM
Thanks for your input... That will really help the lad

Totally agree with you, specially senior members and older guys should now better when addressing 16 yo guys looking for help.

Aman, even though you are young you still have some options and getting help from your family and a doctor who can help you with your depression is key at this point my friend.

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03-17-2015, 03:47 PM
Hellouser.....come on. Not helpful.

03-18-2015, 03:17 AM
I am currently using nutiderm lotion and a tablet having saw palmetto,doc prescirbed me that,i quit minoxidil long ago and friends please give me some ways to counter,i want to study properly give me some advice on this matter, the examination i am preparing for requires a lot of hardwork,u can check this page about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IIT_JEE
I am feeling suicidal because i am not able to give me full efforts for the preparation,My performance has been affected due to it, i love science and i want to totally get absorbed in it but hair loss prevent me from this, Please give me some advice how to tackle it. In india there is a fierce competition among students to get in a good college(due to large population). I have buzzed my hair to minimize the distraction but its not enough,the girl i love also stopped talking to me due to my poor performance,my parents have high expectations from me(as earlier i was a promising student). I need emotional support from you guys.

03-18-2015, 03:22 AM
my parents are doing what they can do for me and yes they will not agree for fin due to my age, i want them to be happy and they always say that their happiness lies in my happiness and i feel hurt when i see them worried for my career.Also it is affecting my life but at this stage of my life i want to a good career rather than getting laid which would eventually happen once i get a good college

03-18-2015, 03:26 AM
how you guys cope up MPB with work, isnt it affecting your working quality or if you are in college or somewhere ur studies. Life has become really hell now.

03-18-2015, 03:31 AM
Why did you quit minoxidil? I would recommend at the very least you use that. It may buy you some time and possibly grow some of your hair back. Other than that we have finasteride, which I currently use and am having success with. I understand at your age why you would be hesitant to start fin and will leave that decision for you and your parents. There are certain guys on here that are treating their hair loss with "hope", but that is not a very effective treatment. I relied on hope for a cure for many years. All I did was lose hair that I will never get back.

03-18-2015, 05:50 AM
minoxidil didnt worked for me,my hair loss rate didnt slowed down that much, it was still fast,it was not able to improve my confidence(actually worsening it,as i have to closely look at my hairline two times a day and twice got allergic attacks too)

03-18-2015, 06:13 AM
what should be the action plan for me now! as you all are very experienced in this matter,Please guide me, i am having a test in around 15 days so i might take time to reply,Thank you for your assistance friends,i finally found a place where people dont consider me mentally ill and understand my pain, its 16 so there is no one at my age in my school or locality

03-18-2015, 07:25 AM
Unfortunately no option exists for treating you hair loss outside of finasteride. Best of luck.

03-18-2015, 08:50 AM
Aman' Im glad that you are connecting here with 'us'...
you of course are NOT mentally ill and if there is someone that would define you in that way,,then it shows that person possibly HAS real mental illness.

You have good guys here willing to help you with unbiased, commonsense advice!
Please do not allow your emotions to take over your life.
You WILL be OK my friend and the best way to be OK is to be realistic ...no panicking.

03-18-2015, 01:14 PM
If your parents are willing to support you to the fullest, ask them to pay therapy for you (hint: if it won't get covered by insurance, therapy is probably going to be really expensive). Therapy can help you a lot with gaining confidence and feeling good again.

Best of luck.

03-18-2015, 02:02 PM
hi Aman!!
i am also from india and a student of indian institute of technology.what i suggest u to completely delete the suggestion of trenblastoise from ur mind.sides of finasteride are very rare. u can also find it on balding blog website or dr.bernstein's website.in india it is available by the name finax from dr.reddy.i remember that once the dr.rassman said that finax in us is fda approved.And believe me that this drug work 95% of time in younger patient.however it does't stops the balding completely but slows down the process significantly.u may have slight recession in front while on this drug but it doesn't mean that the drug is not working.it works best in mid scalp and vertex.if u start this drug now u would have decent amount of hair through out ur college days where u will make ur future brighter.after getting into job u can consider hair transplant but not now.and there is one more stronger drug called dutasteride(in india dutas) which work better than finasterisde.i started loosing my hair in b.tech 1st year very aggressively.i was very tensed,not studying but after starting the drug within 12 months my hair came back.now i am doing my masters in control system-electrical engineering with decent ammount of hair but slight recession in front.my current regimens are dutas and minoxidil.dutas is working better in front compared to finax.but u shoudn't start with dutas as the chances of side effect are more but i haven't seen any.immediately consult your doctor about thhese medication.

03-19-2015, 12:38 PM
That's some of the most backwards logic I've ever read on here.

To the OP- Do not **** with your hormones at such a young age. You're still developing. Don't touch fin.

03-19-2015, 05:12 PM
There is nothing wrong with **** with your hormones. You're just scaring the poor guy. Finasteride is not plutonium.

03-19-2015, 07:32 PM
Brother, try finasteride. If you keep in mind that most of the sides reported were in people's head then you probably won't have any problems (like me). Ive been taking RU for a year and have been on fin for a month. Hair that was completely gone is now coming back in terminal form. It might not be for you but don't let these guys scare you, in the clinical trials there were people reporting sides with the placebo. If you are worried about erectile dysfunction then it will happen.

03-20-2015, 07:54 AM
That's some of the most backwards logic I've ever read on here.

To the OP- Do not **** with your hormones at such a young age. You're still developing. Don't touch fin.

He's feeling suicidal. Although he needs to go to a therapist first, starting fin is likely going to improve his quality of life instead of decreasing it in his case. Do you really disagree with this?

03-20-2015, 09:49 AM
Im a bit CONCERNED about Aman825!
Hey Aman' please let us know how you are doing today, OK?

03-20-2015, 12:15 PM
Aman, hang in there buddy. We've all been there.
I've been on finasteride for 16 years and have had no side effects. Also, the combination of Finasteride and minoxadil are apparently synergistic; that is, they compliment each other. The third, relatively easy thing you can do is wash your hair 3 times per week wih Nizoral shampoo.
Lastly, there's tons of research being done right now, so better treatments are on the way.

03-20-2015, 06:02 PM
Welcome to the forum buddy! Just remember, we all have our own physical insecurities man. We constantly worry if we are too fat, short, if our nose is too big, if we have acne, if we are too this and that and so on... I can imagine dealing with that in high school must be hard... but listen to this... My friend went completely bald at 18 and is short and chubby... he now has a hot girlfriend and an awesome job and every body loves him. After high school people are forced to be less shallow because they no longer live in the confinement of a judgmental cube. You ask most women and they say they don't care too much about baldness. You tell this to balding guys and they reply, "well they only say that not to look shallow"... and my rebuttal to that would be, then why do you constantly see super gorgeous women dating bald guys?? It sucks man no doubt. I am 32 and just recently dealing with baldness and it has turned my life around... PLEASE KNOW - YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We are all here to support each other. :)

03-20-2015, 07:51 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone,i am having test coming in a week so i am replying late,i am quite feeling emotionally stable after having discussionw with you.Thanks a lot guys and i have decided and resolved that whatever it takes of me,i will not let hair loss affect my life.Especially Robincurtx,dude i felt quite a relieve after your reply as you are a student of IIT and also going through same thing,well,i will also talk about fin with doctor,i have buzzed my hair so that falling hairs do not shock me,earlier when i used to study or when i wake up from pillow i used to find about 25-30 hairs,it was stomach aching,seriously!

03-21-2015, 03:54 AM
Good to hear your feeling better mate