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Female Hair Loss

Is Female Pattern Hair Loss Reversible?

Male and female pattern baldness are often grouped together into one hair loss condition. But there are some important differences between these conditions, that could have implications for clinica...

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3 Ways to Support Your Partner with Hair Loss

For many people, hair loss is a sensitive issue. But what if that person is someone you know and deeply care about? What's the best way to support your partner with hair loss? Read our guide on how...

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Hair Thickening Shampoos: Do They Work? Q&A with Dr. Han

Hair thickening shampoos are one of the most popular categories of hair care products. But do they actually work and how do you make sure that you're picking the right one? Join us in this editoria...

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Spironolactone for PCOS

Spironolactone is often prescribed off-label to help manage symptoms of PCOS. The medication works by modifying the body’s response to male sex steroid hormones, which in some women can cause exces...

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Finasteride and Prostate Health

Finasteride is known for its ability to lower DHT concentrations, which can offer patients suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) major relief from symptoms. It accomplishes this by lowe...

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Minoxidil for Beard Growth

When it comes to patchy or sparse beard hair, there is no shortage of treatments that claim to be effective. But do any of these actually work? Minoxidil has been identified as a potential treatmen...

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How To Use Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a medication available in both topical and oral forms and is an important treatment option for men and women experiencing pattern hair loss. When taking minoxidil, it's important to fo...

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Spironolactone for Hair Loss

Spironolactone is type of medication called an anti-androgen that can help treat thinning hair by blocking the effects and production of androgens such as DHT. A small body of data from clinical an...

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Finasteride and Minoxidil for Hair Loss

Finasteride and minoxidil are individually effective in treating pattern hair loss. While more data is needed, preliminary research suggests that taking these treatments together as a combination t...

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Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Female hair loss can be triggered by many different factors and it's a complex issue that should be carefully investigated. Hair loss can affect women at any age, but there are some causes of hair ...

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Which Vitamin Deficiency Causes Hair Loss?

There's considerable debate about the usefulness of taking vitamins and supplements to treat a specific issue like pattern hair loss. We know that vitamins and minerals play an important role in th...

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Pregnancy and Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss is a common issue faced by new mothers and it's caused in part by hormonal changes that occur shortly after delivery of the baby. In many cases, post pregnancy hair loss resolv...

Female Hair LossPCOS hair loss is a potential side effect.

PCOS Hair Loss

It's believed that PCOS affects approximately ten percent of women in their reproductive years. The signs and symptoms of this hormonal disorder can include dermatological issues like acne, excessi...

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Spironolactone Side Effects

Spironolactone is used off-label to manage many medical conditions including pattern hair loss. While it's been shown to be effective in treating hair loss, there are possible risks and side effect...

Female Hair LossYoung woman reading medication label for finasteride for women.

Finasteride for Women

Although the involvement of androgens in female pattern hair loss is less clear, there is some data that suggests that finasteride is an efficacious treatment for some women. If you choose to take ...

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Finasteride Side Effects in Women

When it comes to the safety of finasteride treatment for female pattern hair loss, the risks are surprisingly similar between women and men, with the exception of its contraindication in women of c...

Hair loss treatmentsYoung man combining his hair considering oral minoxidil vs topical for his early stage hair loss at the hair line.

Oral Minoxidil vs Topical

The decision to choose oral minoxidil vs topical for your hair loss needs will depend on your tolerance for the medication and how advanced your hair loss is. In some cases, patients will respond b...

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Dutasteride Mesotherapy

Dutasteride mesotherapy is a relatively new alternative therapy for androgenetic hair loss. Like microneedling, the procedure involves directly injecting therapeutic agents into the scalp to trigge...

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Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female pattern hair loss is a common hair loss disorder that is most often associated with aging and changing hormone levels. It's a complex condition that can begin as a gradually widening hair pa...

Female Hair LossFemale patient with hair loss taking minoxidil for women.

Minoxidil For Women

Minoxidil is a treatment that is available over-the-counter (topical) and as a prescription (oral) for the management of female androgenetic hair loss. Its safety and efficacy are well-established ...

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Minoxidil Shedding

Shedding when you begin any hair loss treatment is more common than you think. It's often reported with finasteride, but it can also occur with minoxidil. At the heart of minoxidil shedding is a si...

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Steroids and Hair Loss

Anabolic steroids are performance enhancing substances that mimic the effects of male sex steroid hormones. There has been speculation that anabolic steroid use can cause hair loss in some men. The...

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How Long Does Finasteride Take To Work?

In general, you'll need to take oral or topical finasteride for 3-6 months before noticeable changes will appear. There are a few things you can watch out for during this period that are signs that...

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Can Finasteride Regrow My Hairline?

Many people wonder if finasteride will work on specific areas of hair loss, including the frontal hairline. The good news is that this treatment will work on the entire scalp and for most people, a...