Can Women take Propecia? | Hair Loss & Hair Transplant Surgery Guide

Although male pattern hair loss is more frequent in men, it also has a common occurrence in females. Women's hair loss follows a different pattern to men as you lose the hair on the crown of the head but seem to maintain a frontal hairline. Women do not usually experience hair loss as early as males do but it can occur before menopause. However, the majority of female hair loss cases occur after the age of 50. Also, eventually most women do not become bald but have overall thinning of hair so the scalp is seen easier through the locks. The hair also does not all become a shortened length like it does in men. The length of the miniaturized hair is varied across the scalp. Propecia has been proven to treat male pattern hair loss in men but can it help in a female?

Well unfortunately the answer is no. Women who are still fertile and have not undergone menopause, should not take Propecia. This is because it will be continuously in your blood stream and if you become pregnant, it will cause severe abnormalities in the genitalia of the foetus if it is male. Therefore whether or not you are pregnant, you should stay away from this medication. However, it is important to explain that if you have come into contact with the medication and are not pregnant, then you will not cause harm to any fetuses that develop in the future. It only causes genital abnormalities if you are pregnant at the time.

Tests were carried out on post-menopausal women to see if Propecia could have some effect on hair loss but unfortunately it didn't help prevent hair loss in women and more studies are needed to fully confirm whether these findings are correct.

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