Thank you so much for answering my question: After Taking Propecia for 2 Years, Suddenly I’m Shedding
I have an important update. My primary care Dr. said I was most likely shedding from stress (I’ve been experiencing EXTREME stress at work and even in my personal life). The diameter of my hair feels thinner, even in the back of my head down to where my hairline is at my neck. Classic symptoms of TE, I believe. So, I had my Dr. do a DHT serum test and here are the results:
DHEA, Unconjugated 224 Normal in males is 180-1250 ng/dl.
Testosterone, Total 580 Normal is 241-827
So, since my DHT levels are on the lower side (224, probably from the propecia), is there a good chance my hair loss has been halted or greatly slowed down??? I’d appreciate your professional opinion. Thank you so much and keep up the GREAT work!!!
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) can increase DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels, but the DHT reflects testosterone and I would expect that the more testosterone you have, the higher the DHT levels would be. DHT levels have no significance by itself for addressing your problem and it makes no sense to me to obtain DHT blood serum levels.
While I have no doubt that one can get this test, I have to wonder why someone would want it and what it would really do for you. Regardless, I don’t run these types of tests routinely, and thus I am not knowledgeable enough to give you the information you are looking for.
Although there is a direct connection between circulating DHT levels, tissue fixation of DHT and hair loss, I do not know what constitutes an effective drop in DHT. Certainly there is no way to determine if it is working on your hair without mapping out the hair for miniaturization and looking for a reduction of miniaturized hair over time.