What are the chances that genetic hair loss can be passed on to my children. At the moment, I’m single but have been carrying this sickness for 12 years.
Because there are a number of genes responsible for female and male pattern baldness and it can be passed down generation to generation through the mother or father’s side of the family, there is really no way to give you a percentage of the chance that your children will exhibit symptoms. Carriers of baldness genes may not even be bald themselves. This is the difference between dominant and recessive genes. Those with dominant hair loss genes will most likely experience some form of balding while those with recessive genes may go scott free.
There is a genetic hair loss test called HairDX that may be able to help predict whether or not men will go bald. Though it’s not necessary free from all error, it may help identify whether or not a male is carrying variances known as SNPs which have been found to be associated with androgenic alopecia in men.
Of course, this test must be taken by the individual and works only for men.