Female Hair Loss: Rogaine Okay For Hair Restoration?

February 14, 2012 by + · 1 Comment 

Women suffer from hair loss for varying reasons. Though it may seem embarrassing and taboo, there are approximately 21 million women struggling with this condition in the United States alone, and in need of a hair restoration solution. Many different health factors can cause hair loss to happen, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Traction alopecia
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet
  • Bad circulation
  • Iron deficiency
  • Folic acid deficiency
  • Stress

However, the leading cause of women’s hair loss is female pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia. This condition is different in women than it is men, largely because it lacks the prevalent genetic factor, and also because it’s a byproduct of the natural aging process—a culmination of hormonal changes.

Rogaine For Women’s Hair Restoration

Females using Rogaine for Hair Loss

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The next quandary to typically follow suit after a female pattern baldness diagnosis is: what’s the cure? Hair transplantation is as viable and permanent an option for women as it is for men. However, for those seeking non-surgical hair restoration, the male-female equilibrium of options changes. The two FDA-approved non-surgical hair loss treatments are:

  • Finasteride (Propecia)
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Propecia is contraindicated in women and, therefore, off limits. But Rogaine is okay for female hair restoration. The women’s formula lining the shelves of your local pharmacy comes with a 2% concentration of minoxidil, while the men’s formula contains five percent. However, there are some cases for which a doctor may even recommend that his/her female patient use the 5% dose. Every person is different. If you are suffering severe female hair loss, unsure whether or not to try the higher dosage, check in with your physician or a hair loss specialist.

Rogaine may have side effects, especially in higher concentrations of minoxidil. This may include:

  • Scalp itching
  • Scalp irritation
  • Facial hair growth

One Response to “Female Hair Loss: Rogaine Okay For Hair Restoration?”

  1. Bill - Hair Transplant Network says:

    Dr. Umar,

    Thanks for presenting this informative blog regarding the use of Rogaine and female hair. Informative blogs like yours and ours helps hair loss suffering men and women find all the information and support they need to make an informed decision on which treatment is best for them.

    Surgical hair restoration is an option for many men and women, although many women are less likely candidates depending on the cause of their hair loss. The good news is, many non-genetic variants of hair loss are reversed when the condition causing it is treated. Thus, it’s always a good idea for women in particular to undergo a full medical evaluation with a qualified dermatologist or hair restoration specialist.

    Best wishes,

    Bill – Managing Publisher of the Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Forum

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