A GP claims that despite the popular myth, men with baldness may not have a higher sex drive.
The link between baldness and masculinity has existed for millennia, with some believing that higher testosterone levels may be at the root of this trend.
However, research has now shown that there is no clear link between missing hair and more sexual activity.
dr Neel Patel, a general practitioner at LloydsPharmacy online doctorsaid: “There are many links between baldness and increased masculinity.
“But it’s important to remember that masculinity encompasses a wide range of aspects, including sexual health, reproductive capacity and overall vitality.
“Although it is influenced by numerous biological, psychological and lifestyle factors, it is important to emphasize that there is no scientific evidence demonstrating a direct causal relationship between the two.”
According to the American Hair Loss Association, about 85 percent of men by the age of 50 will experience some form of hair loss.
Hair loss can have a variety of causes, including genetics, stress and diet, but also illness or rapid weight loss.
A receding hairline can be caused by a genetic sensitivity to a byproduct of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
A study published in the Medical Journal of Australiaspecifically examined masculinity levels in bald men.
No significant association was found between baldness and frequency of ejaculation.
In fact, bald men were less likely to have had more than four female sexual partners in their lifetime.
Despite the study’s findings, a separate poll found that more than a third of 18- to 20-year-olds believe excessive sexual activity could increase their risk of balding, he said.
The poll found that more than half also believed that bald men were more sexually active and masculine than men with full hair.