Predicting future hair loss can be tough. Physicians can examine a patient's scalp for miniaturization and interview them about their family history of baldness but, until thinning hair is visibly noticeable, there has been no way to know if, or exactly how much hair loss an individual may experience over a lifetime. However, with the introduction of Androgene, all of that speculation may be coming to an end.
Androgene will soon offer a genetic test that claims to use "science to predict the future of your hair". This test for predicting male pattern baldness (MPB) works in conjunction with data generated through a genetic test from the ancestry site, 23andMe. With this test, Androgene claims to provide an estimate of an individual's chance to become bald early. They also claim to have created the only available test for finasteride (Propecia) response.
As of the publishing of this article, clicking the "Order Now" button on Androgene's website yield's the following information, "Unfortunately this product isn't ready yet, leave your email and we'll be sure to let you know when it's ready to go!". Interested parties can register an email address for updates.
Today's most effective non-surgical hair loss treatments, Propecia and Rogaine (minoxidil) are far more effective at retaining hair than regrowing hair. Thus, the knowledge that you are likely to become bald years before thinning hair is visible would allow for early medical intervention and less hair loss over time.
Until this test or similar tests are available and proven effective, the best way to determine if you are experiencing genetic hair loss is to consult with a skilled and experienced hair restoration physician. Also, visit our Hair Restoration Forum and Social Network to learn more about hair loss and clinically proven solutions.
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