Does Creatine Cause Hair Loss
A rumor that creatine can cause hair loss has been circulating on the internet on various exercise forums and the creatine reddit page. The rumor seems to have originated from a 2009 study of rugby players taking creatine, where the players were shown to have increased levels of Dihydrotestosterone known commonly as DHT, a hormone that has been linked to hair loss symptoms. The real question is does creatine cause an increase in DHT that would actually be enough to cause hair loss in individuals that were not already genetically predisposed to hair loss or male pattern baldness.
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The Short Answer.
While creatine supplementation can increase DHT, a hormone partially responsible for hair loss, the increased amount is likely not significant enough to cause hair loss on its own.
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Does Creatine Cause Hair Loss In Females
The DHT increase from creatine is insignificant for the vast majority of people, including women. The only time a measurable increase in DHT occurs is when the men were already far below a normal DHT level. From the 2009 study: “The people in the study who received the creatine started out with baseline DHT levels 23% lower than the placebo group, and their measured increase in DHT “remained well within normal clinical limits.” In other words, their DHT levels started out low and they stayed low. “‘Statistically significant’ is not the same thing as physiologically meaningful.””
Unfortunately there are no studies on the effects of creatine (related to DHT) for women specifically, but it’s safe to assume that females also experience a negligible increase in DHT, the same as males. For this reason, women shouldn’t need to worry about hair loss when supplementing with creatine monohydrate.