Women face challenges when it comes to androgenetic alopecia medication therapies Hair Loss Treatments. Despite the fact that several medicines may be somewhat effective for certain women, doctors are reluctant to recommend them. Additionally, pharmaceutical companies aren’t rushing to test their products specifically for their capacity to both prevent and treat female pattern baldness.
Because they can alter your body’s natural androgen levels, doctors are hesitant to recommend systemic therapy (pills or other forms of treatment that affect your entire system) (see Causes for an explanation of androgens). The doctor will first want to make sure the hair loss isn’t caused by a heightened “over-response” to normal levels of androgen (another name for male hormones) in the body. Therefore, topical medications that are administered directly to the scalp are frequently chosen by doctors.
The best outcomes are obtained when treatment is started as soon as hair loss first appears because androgenetic alopecia may cause numerous hair follicles to be lost if left untreated for an extended period of time. Anti-androgens can be used to stop additional damage following long-term hair loss and promote some hair growth from dormant but still healthy follicles. If the androgens aren’t kept in balance in some other way, hair loss will resume if medication is stopped. While you are using anti-androgen drugs, maintaining your vitamin and mineral levels is beneficial.
The treatments used to treat female hair loss are listed below. There is only one FDA-approved remedy available right now for female pattern hair loss. Others are used “off-label” to treat hair loss even though they haven’t had FDA approval for this specific use. However, they have received approval for other uses.
Although the efficacy of these substances and techniques vary from person to person, many women have discovered that taking these therapies has improved both their hair and their self-esteem. Treatments usually have a better chance of working if they target the root of the problem in addition to promoting new hair growth.
Due to absorption, oral minoxidil, taken as a 2.5 mg to 5 mg tablet once daily, is significantly more effective than topical. When used topically, the quantity of minoxidil that enters the bloodstream through the skin is often insufficient to have an adverse effect on the inside of the body.
Minoxidil, which is widely available topically and sold under the brand name Rogaine and in generic form, appears to work better on women than on men who have diffuse androgenetic alopecia. Because the FDA has not approved the use of the greater concentration in women, product labels only advise using the 2% concentration of minoxidil.
If taken under their supervision, several dermatologists do prescribe 5% for women with androgenetic alopecia. Small clinical studies have revealed that the 5% minoxidil solution is much more effective than the 2% solution in preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth in women with androgenetic alopecia.
Findings from clinical investigations on predominantly white women between the ages of 18 and 45 who had mild to moderate hair loss show that after eight months of using minoxidil, 19% of users experienced moderate regrowth and 40% experienced minor regrowth. During the same time period, 7% of individuals taking a liquid without active minoxidil (a placebo) reported moderate hair regrowth, while 33% experienced modest regrowth.
Birth control pills can be used to treat women’s androgenetic alopecia because they reduce the synthesis of ovarian androgens. However, keep in mind that the same precautions must be used whether a woman uses contraceptive tablets to treat female pattern baldness or just to avoid contraception. For instance, those who use the Pill and are smokers over 35 are more likely to develop blood clots and other dangerous illnesses.
With your doctor, go in-depth on your medical and lifestyle history. Your doctor can decide which hormonal formulation of the contraceptive pill is best for your individual requirements, rotating you between pills if necessary to ensure that you are both physically and psychologically comfortable with the formulation.
To address hair loss, only birth control tablets with a low androgen index should be taken. Birth control tablets with a high androgen index can induce hair loss or make it worse when it has already been brought on by another factor. For additional details on oral contraceptives and hair loss, see Causes.