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Does taking Propecia affect skiing?!? :))

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Guess not but it's off season so I have to start something

anyway I just started this prescription medicine for hairloss. Any of you oldies on this medicine as well?
post #2 of 22
It took me over 50 years to cultivate this look. I'm proud of my receding hairline.

Remember, God only made a few perfect heads. On the rest he put hair.
post #3 of 22
Ctown,
I don't use Propecia myself but there are a couple of possable affects of using it.

1st, More hair may improve self confidence leading to more confident and improved skiing and more interaction on lift rides.

2nd, More hair on your head will shift your center of balance upward. This will require a small, and probably worth while, adjustment. On the other hand more hair may result in wearing a hat less often, off setting the upward movement of center of balance.
Another possability, to quote Jack Nicholson from Terms of endearment, "wind in the hair, lead in the pencil". If hair growth increases, wind in the hair increases. The resultant downward blood flow may also cause center of balance issues as well as reduced judgement both while skiing and on the chair.

3rd, More hair = less glare. Skiing partners will need sun glasses less often.
Personaly my hair loss is on the back of my head. I can't see it so it doesn't bother me, other then the fear that if the reflection blinds someone up hill, I may get run over. I compensate by skiing faster.

4th, More hair means using less sun block, leading to more $$$ available for gear and lift tickets.

All in all I think the adjustments are probably worth it if it works.
post #4 of 22
I've found that when the hair starts growing out of my forehead it affects how my goggles sit on my face. I also find with the bangs starting mid forehead that my hair tends to get in my eyes often.

OTOH chicks dig the Eddie Munster look.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by KAZOOSKI
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3rd, More hair = less glare. Skiing partners will need sun glasses less often.
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Yes, but the glint off the dome 1) lets people know you are coming and 2) makes it easier for the ladies to find you on the hill.
post #6 of 22
I believe it was Bill Cosby that said "if the hair isn't growing out, it is growing in ,and this leads to hair brained ideas."
post #7 of 22
What I don't understand is how I had hair so thick and curly that a black friend gave me a pick for my Honky Afro when I was 30. Now my hair is going thin on my head, but is growing all over my back and shoulders!!

Well at least it isn't growing out of my ears yet. LewBob

PS Ctown, I am sure you started this thread for yucks. You can tell us if it does anything for your skiing next winter.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
NO I did started this prescription and see if any of you guys are on it and how it is helping you holding on to your hair since most of you here are in the middle age group.

as for me I'm pretty young but notice my I have receding hairline and hair thinning. Both my grandfather are BOLD! so I got nothing to loss for trying. My problem is that my hairloss started 10 year earlier than my father.

$2 per pill for rest of my life I may have to shave it all off and go bold one day

As for skiing I'll keep you guys updated. but as for the medication it's making me loss no more no less hair. by coming season I should be able to report the effect of skiing on propecia IF my hair is still here. ARH it just piss me off that why does hair have to fall out on top why not the chest ...down there or even the side and back of your head.........but if thats the cause people will think that having hair on the side and back and now hair on top is normal........the irony!
post #9 of 22
Middle aged? I have to paraphrase Meryl Streeps character in "Postcards from the Edge" : How could I be middle aged, how many 118 year olds do you know?
LewBob
post #10 of 22
It's not the hairloss meds I would worry about. What happens if you are taking Viagra and have one of those 4+ hour episodes they are always talking about in the ads? Nice.

Mark
post #11 of 22
I've taken Propecia for I think coming up on 4 years, at least 3. I spray the Rogaine at night too. My experience has been, nothing dramatic quickly for sure, but I believe it will immediately reduce , hopefully eliminate the continuation of hair loss. Take a picture of your scalp now, and take another picture a year from now and compare results. Hopefully you'll see enough improvement that you can justify buying the stuff. I'm waiting for it to go off patent and be available at generic prices. I get mine through drugstore .com and its about$57 a bottle delivered(30 pills).

Its hell to get old. I'm probably a jerk for taking it, but what the heck.
post #12 of 22
I've heard it makes it easier to ski the really hairy runs.
post #13 of 22
Ask your doc for the full size version that's used to treat protate problems. I think the brand name is Proscar. At one time the Proscar pill cost less than the Propecia pill and you could cut it up into 5 pieces to get the proper dose. Bottom line is people will pay more for cosmetic medicine than for something so mundane as reducing an enlarged prostate gland!
post #14 of 22
I take Proscar for its intended purpose (so it's covered on my insurance) but it has really made my hair thicker and faster growing. Hasn't had much effect in filling in the recessions next to my widow's peak, but the rest has really taken off. My urologist says his father now complains bitterly about the cost of more frequent haircuts since he started it.
post #15 of 22
The only problem with taking Proscar for hair loss is that you have an insurance company "red flag" that makes them think something's up with your prostate gland. Then if you try to get re-insured, you may have a "pre-existing" condition and may have to pay more $$$. Been taking Propecia for 2 years and have completely regrown hair on the top of the scalp and am getting peach fuzz in the temples where there used to be nothing. All in all am very happy with it!
post #16 of 22

increased wind resistance

also, i think a generic is now available so you can save enough money to get new skis
post #17 of 22

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Originally Posted by doogiedoc
The only problem with taking Proscar for hair loss is that you have an insurance company "red flag" that makes them think something's up with your prostate gland. Then if you try to get re-insured, you may have a "pre-existing" condition and may have to pay more $$$. Been taking Propecia for 2 years and have completely regrown hair on the top of the scalp and am getting peach fuzz in the temples where there used to be nothing. All in all am very happy with it!...
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yes.. you might end up spending more money and regretting it afterwards.. but if youre willing to risk it.. why not.. hair is a good reason for it..

ive read that 'pre-existing condition' talk in one john grisham book and it scares me enough to try not to play too much with it..
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Don't you know?
post #21 of 22
Shave it all off. Bald is sexy.
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Shave it all off. Bald is sexy.
Hot hot hot!
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