Can Anabolic Steroids Cause Hair Loss?
September 5, 2018
Man lifting weight at the gym

Many people ask if anabolic steroids, especially DHT, can cause male pattern baldness.

So…can anabolic steroids cause hair loss?

Here’s the science part

Steroids are thought to create male hair loss by causing your body to produce higher levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Having too much DHT in the body is one of the main causes of baldness in men.

DHT is a male steroid hormone, produced naturally as a by-product of testosterone. DHT acts on your scalp and may put strain on the hair and cause it to weaken over time. This eventually causes the hair follicles on your scalp to die and stop growing back, which results in baldness.

Adding anabolic steroids to your bodybuilding routine may heighten this effect.

People react to anabolic steroids differently according to their genetic makeup, diet, exercise/lifestyle, age or environmental factors. This means you can never be certain if you start taking steroids, how they will affect you.

Treatment Options

There are several over-the-counter or prescription-only hair loss options for men, such as Finasteride and Propecia.

You can find information about hair loss treatment options, including Finasteride and Propecia medication.

Please note: Anabolic steroids are illegal in the UK and can cause a number of side effects. This article is intended for information purposes only.

The Medsmart® app supports healthy lifestyles for people taking regular medication. If you’re currently taking hair loss medication, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at [email protected] to share your experience!

The Medsmart® Team


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