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What are the treatment therapies for female pattern hair loss?

There are several treatments that may work to help halt and/or regrow hair lost to female pattern hair loss. Currently, the only FDA approved hair loss treatment for women is Rogaine (2% Minoxidil), although an extra strength Rogaine for women (5% Minoxidil) is expected to be approved within the next year. Other treatments can be prescribed "off-label" (used for an indication other than it is approved for) by your physician.

In women, minoxidil (rogaine for women) has been proven to show minimal improvements in 50 percent of women and moderate improvements in 13 percent. Minoxidil requires a twice a day application of either the 2-percent or 5 percent solutions. The downside is treatment is lifelong. Any gain achieved with minoxidil will be lost if the patient stops using the product.

Minoxidil first made the headlines when it was sanctioned as male prescription treatment in the late 1980s. By the 1990s it was available over the counter for both men and women. It works by arresting follicular shrinking, which in turn restricts hair growth. The idea is that once the follicles are freed-up then hair can begin to grow back (or at the very least no more should be lost). Test results offer a real source of hope, with a 2% minoxidil solution proving effective in approximately half of all users. FDA approval guarantees that the dug has been thoroughly tested, which means the chances of any side effects are slim. However, it's important to discuss all health implications with your dermatologist.

If minoxidil doesn't work dermatologists may prescribe spironolactone. It's a synthetic steroid originally designed to reduce high blood pressure, which in this case means that it's a 'water pill' or diuretic - so it's important to keep a clinical eye on electrolyte loss. It works by 'blocking' the male hormone receptors that cause hair loss (more specifically DHT). Anyone familiar with male hair loss treatment will recognize that it works in a similar way to finasteride (the only other hair loss medication to have been passed by the FDA). What's so far prevented finasteride from receiving the FDA's nod of approval for female hair loss is that it's though to cause possible fetal abnormalities. This hasn't stopped some dermatologists prescribing finasteride for post-menopausal women. However, they should be well aware of the possible complications.

More information on hair loss

What causes hair loss? - One of the primary causes of hair loss is a high amount of the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) within the hair follicle. The most important cause of hair loss is inadequate nutrition.
What are the symptoms of hair loss? - Hair loss can occur as hair thinning, without hairs noticeably falling out, or as hair shedding, with clumps of hair falling out.
What's the hair loss remedy to stop hair loss? - Appropriate treatment options depend upon the type of alopecia. Aggressiveness of the treatment depends on the patient's attitude and must be weighed against potential side effects.
What causes hair loss in men? - Male hair loss is caused by increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens) in certain parts of the scalp, and is passed on from generation to generation.
What treatments are there for hair loss in men? - There are two drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat male-pattern baldness: minoxidil and finasteride (Propecia).
What is female pattern hair loss? - In female pattern hair loss some excess loss of hair is noted, but gradual thinning is what is what usually brings the woman to a dermatologist.
What are the female pattern hair loss treatment therapies? - Currently, the only FDA approved hair loss treatment for women is Rogaine (2% Minoxidil).
What is hair life cycle? - The life cycle of a hair is divided into three phases. The actively growing (Anagen) phase, the transitional (Catagen) phase, and the resting (Telogen) phase.
How Minoxidil (Rogaine) hair loss medication works? - Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a drug available in two forms to treat different conditions. Oral minoxidil is used to treat high blood pressure and the topical solution form is used to treat hair loss and baldness.
How Propecia (finasteride) hair loss medication works? - Propecia (finasteride) is prescribed to men for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Propecia is classed as a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, an enzyme which changes testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in the liver.
What is hair transplant? - Hair transplantation refers to the surgical movement of permanent hair with its roots to an area of bald or balding skin.
What nutritional supplements are available for hair loss prevention? - Good nutrition can go a long way in helping you keep your halo of hair. B vitamins in particular are crucial to healthy sebum production and new cell generation.
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