Is your hair loss happening due to steroids?

Is your hair loss happening due to steroids?

Authored by
 Dr. Batra's®  August 27, 2019

Are you a gym-freak? Do you take steroids on a regular basis for bodybuilding?

Don’t worry! You’re not alone. We all grew up idolizing Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hulk Hogan and Sylvester Stallone – and probably many of us want to look like them. This desire can lead you to take extra supplements! Some of these supplements contain steroids and can cause side effects. While they can cause various side effects, the most common is hair loss. In order to grow ‘Bigger, Stronger and Faster’ you may actually end up losing the precious locks from the head.

Hair loss is one of the most common side-effects of steroids. Here’s the science behind it –The reason that steroids are one of the most common causes of hair loss is due to the mechanism that leads to male pattern baldness.

Male pattern baldness (MPB) is a type of hair loss responsible for the vast majority of hair loss in men. The condition is characterized by the typical pattern of a receding hairline at the temples and hair thinning at the crown. It can even progress to partial or complete baldness in some cases.

Male pattern baldness is mainly caused by producing too much of the male hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). The DHT attaches to your hair follicles and over time causes the hair follicle to degrade thereby producing weaker or thinner hair. Eventually, your hair follicles will stop producing new hair, which is when baldness starts to appear on your head.

So what happens when you take steroids? Steroids can both accelerate male pattern baldness and/or cause it in people who aren’t genetically predisposed to the condition. If you are prone to male pattern baldness, your body already has higher levels of DHT. Taking steroids can further increase the production of DHT, which leads to hair loss.

The good news is that if you stop taking steroids, your hair fall may stop eventually. However, in some cases hair loss may continue.In these people, genes play an important role. The genetic factor that they have inherited from either of the parents or both gives a great contribution to hair loss along with steroids.

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In addition, at times doctors prescribe anabolic steroids to help people with certain kinds of anemia and to men who don’t produce enough testosterone on their own. Doctors also prescribe steroids to treat certain medical conditions such as asthma, allergies, infertility, eczema, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis. When such drugs are taken in moderate doses they don’t usually cause many side-effects. But, if you suspect that you are experiencing hair loss as a result of your steroid usage, speak to your doctor about the concerns.

Besides hair loss, an increase in DHT levels can also cause side-effects like an imbalance in testosterone levels, loss of libido, the difference in sizes of the testes, development of breasts in men, mood swings, acne and infertility.

So, if you are already experiencing hair loss due to steroids - stop using them - and take a natural homeopathy treatment to regain your lost hair. At Dr Batra’s®, we offer instant to long-term solutions for all your hair-related concerns. The selection of hair fall treatment is based on diagnoses of the exact cause of your hair loss, the extent of hair loss and the condition of your hair and scalp. Our doctors conduct a video microscopy test that magnifies your scalp up to 200 times and check your hair and scalp condition and suggests you a customized hair fall solution.


According to a study published in The Clinical Psychological Review, homeopathy is proven to be safe and effective in the treatment of hair. Moreover, patients reported up to a 90% recovery rate too. At Dr Batra’s®, the homeopathic doctors conduct an in-depth consultation to devise a unique, individualized treatment. This includes the best suitable homeopathic medicines for hair loss and lifestyle tips for a complete recovery.

To find the perfect solution to all your hair problems, visit your nearest Dr Batra's® clinic or click: Book an Appointment.


1. Is hair loss from steroids permanent?

Hair loss is a common side effect of steroids. If you are prone to male pattern baldness, steroids can accelerate the process of hair loss. Long-term use of steroids can lead to an increase in dihydrotestosterone DHT levels in your body. Higher levels of DHT results in hair fall. If you are experiencing excessive hair fall, it is best to stop using steroids as it can lead to permanent hair loss.

2. How long does hair loss from steroids last?

Steroids cause your body to produce higher levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is one of the main causes of baldness in men. Adding steroids to your routine can heighten this effect. While people react to steroids differently, depending on their genetic, diet, lifestyle, age or environmental factors. This means you can never be certain of how steroids will affect your body. However, if you notice signs of hair loss, it is best to stop using steroids.

3. How do I know if my hair loss is serious?

Hair loss is a gradual process and can appear in many different ways. Thinning on top of the head, circular or patchy bald spots, or excessive hair fall are a few of the common signs of hair loss. While it is normal to lose 50-100 hair strands a day but if you are experiencing unusual amount of hair loss it could be a serious problem.

4. What is the best treatment for hair loss?

There are a number of reasons that can cause hair problems. These include genetics, diet, stress or medical conditions. Therefore, homeopathic hair fall treatment aims at correcting the underlying problem. It is not just side-effect-free but is also effective. Homeopathic medicines are made from scientifically tested natural ingredients and are suitable for all age groups. They help to reduce hair fall and promote hair growth. Consult our team of homeopathic hair experts for safe, effective and long-lasting treatment visit:

5. Can homeopathy regrow hair?

Yes, the good news is homeopathy targets the root cause of hair loss and is aimed at providing long-term solutions. Homeopathic remedy for hair loss helps to control hair fall and promote healthier-looking hair. Moreover, homeopathic hair treatment includes homeopathic medicines for hair loss, diet and hair care tips that can help you manage your hair problems better.

Medically reviewed by
Dr. Sejal Vivek Parekar
BHMS, Mumbai
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