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The Link Between Hair loss & Erectile Dysfunction

On November 4, 2021

Hair loss & ED: What’s the connection?

First things first—let’s go over the basics of ED and hair loss. 

ED (erectile dysfunction) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. A study found that roughly 52% of men experience ED in some form during their lifetime. This can happen to everyone from time to time, but when it becomes a constant occurrence, that’s why it becomes a chronic condition in need of treatment—especially if it’s negatively impacting your life and self-esteem. This can be treated with medications like Tadalafil or Sildenafil 

When it comes to hair loss in men, the most common type is androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness), this impacts more than 50 million men. While this condition is hereditary, it can be managed with medication like finasteride. 

With male pattern baldness, it usually starts as gradual thinning that leads up to full loss of hair.  

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Different Conditions, Overlapping Problems

ED and hair loss are two different conditions, and don’t have to happen simultaneously. However, if they do, it’s often because the problems beneath the surface are often very similar.   

How ED and Hair Loss are Caused:

Since ED is the inability to get or maintain an erection, physical causes are typically related to poor circulation. This can be derived from other problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, or diabetes. 

It is also important to note that some form of ED are psychosocial and are due to mental health conditions like depression or anxiety, or stress and relationship problems. For example, “first date jitters” can be a common cause of occasional ED in men. 

 

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As for hair loss, the causes generally related to genetics, hormonal changes, certain medical conditions, or even medications. However, stress and anxiety can also cause hair loss when these mental health issues become chronic.  

So, what’s the link? The truth is, there isn’t one—really. But, if you have certain health conditions or lifestyle habits, it can increase the likelihood of developing both.  

  

Risk factors that can increase the chances of both hair loss and ED: 

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  • Poor circulation 
  • Diets that are high in fat and calories, and not nutrient-dense 
  • Heart disease 
  • Diabetes 
  • High blood pressure 

Hair loss & ED Treatment & Management

Health conditions happen, but there are methods and solutions in place to help you manage them: 

Lifestyle changes 

  • A diet low in saturated fat and very nutrient dense—like the Mediterranean diet. 
  • Yoga and meditation for stress management. 
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Medications 

There are many medication options to help better manage these conditions. With free delivery from GeniusRx, you can find relief in no time! 

For ED 

 Sildenafil(Viagra)- is used to treat erection problems in men. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)- is used to treat erection problems in men. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

Tadalafil (Cialis)- is used to treat erection problems in men.  It is also used for enlargement of the prostate gland in men and improves urine flow and reduces BPH symptoms.

For Hair Loss 

 Finasteride -It’s used to treat male pattern baldness in men only. It may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

Spironolactone  -It treats swelling from heart, kidney, or liver disease. It also treats high blood pressure. It may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

Dutasteride  -This medicine helps to control your symptoms, decrease urinary retention, and reduces your risk of needing surgery. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

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GeniusRx is here to help you on your wellness journey.

If you are suffering from hair loss or ED, we can help you get up to 80% off your prescription prices. Both conditions can be stressful and damaging to our self-esteem, but with the right medication and understanding of these health problems, relief is possible.   

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