Chantelle Otten On Hair Loss And Sexual Attractiveness

Asking for a mate… with Chantelle Otten

Each month, Men’s Health’s sex and relationship’s panellist Chantelle Otten assists you (or your mate!) with your most private and pressing bedroom concerns. This month: how hair loss affects sexual confidence.

Dear Chantelle,

“I’m losing my hair and my confidence. I’m worried people won’t find me attractive anymore. I’ve heard about Finasteride. Should I try that?”

First off, you’re not alone in feeling this way. The connection between how we see our bodies and our overall feelings, including those about our sex lives, is incredibly strong. Studies consistently show that when men aren’t happy with things like body shape, muscularity, or even hair loss, it can deeply affect their self-esteem. This, in turn, influences how confident they feel in intimate settings.

Regarding hair loss, it’s a concern for many but also an opportunity to redefine what masculinity means to you. Society’s views on hair loss are evolving, with many now seeing it as a symbol of maturity and distinct appeal. Embracing this change can not only shift how you view yourself but also how others perceive your confidence and sexual allure.

Finasteride comes into play here as a potential solution for hair retention and is a medication that’s been proven to combat hair loss in men, particularly those dealing with male pattern baldness. Its primary mechanism is quite fascinating—it works by preventing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone responsible for hair follicle shrinkage, which ultimately leads to hair loss. By inhibiting this process, Finasteride can effectively slow down, and in some cases, reverse hair thinning.

On the pro side, Finasteride has a strong track record of promoting hair regrowth and preventing further hair loss. Many users report significant improvements, not just in their hairline, but also in their self-confidence and how they perceive themselves. This can, by extension, positively affect one’s social and sexual life, reinforcing a sense of attractiveness and self-worth.

However, it’s crucial to weigh these benefits against the potential downsides. Finasteride’s side effects can impact sexual health, including decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and ejaculation disorders. Although these side effects are relatively uncommon and often reversible upon discontinuation of the medication, they are a significant concern for some guys. It’s essential to have an open and honest discussion with a healthcare provider about these potential risks to make an informed decision.

Navigating hair loss and its effects on body image and sexual confidence requires more than just treatment. It involves a holistic approach: exploring all options, finding support from communities or professionals, and focusing on overall wellness.

Remember, true attractiveness goes beyond physical appearance. It’s about confidence, authenticity, and embracing your uniqueness. Hair or no hair, your self-assurance is what truly enhances your appeal.

For those curious, I’ll delve deeper into Finasteride on my Instagram @chantelle_otten_sexologist.


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Award-winning ‘psycho-sexologist’, renowned sex therapist and published author, Chantelle Otten is our new resident sex expert. As the Director of the Australian Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Otten knows the ins and outs of what goes on in Aussie bedrooms. Otten has a passion for empowering people, and with her guidance, you’ll learn everything there is to know about sexual health, and of course, the secrets to better sex.

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