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Hair Loss For Women – The Treatments

A number of treatment procedures can effectively stop hair loss in women and also help the hair to grow back.

Rogaine, which is 2% Minoxidil, is at present the only FDA approved female hair loss treatment product available in the market. Positive effects have been reported on a large percentage of women suffering from hair loss. The shrinking of the hair follicles restrict hair growth this medicine arrests that constriction of the hair follicle. The underlying principle is that once the follicle is made free, the hair can grow back, or at least, the loss can be prevented. The sanction by FDA indicates that the drug has been tested repeatedly and has been made to pass through stringent quality control tests.

This medicine needs to be applied in the form of a solution twice every day. The downside of this treatment is that a lifelong use is necessary. As soon as the use is stopped, any gain that had been achieved would unfortunately be reversed. Incidences of allergic response by women to this drug have been reported. Before taking up this treatment procedure, it is advisable to consult a professional medical practitioner.

There are other treatments that your dermatologist may prescribe, which are not strictly meant for remedying hair loss.

If minoxidil fails to produce effect, dermatologists often prescribe spironolactone. This is actually a synthetic steroid formerly intended to diminish high blood pressure. Thus it is a diuretic. Hence, preventive measures for electrolyte loss must be practiced. This drug blocks the male hormone receptors that cause hair loss (more specifically DHT). The mode of action is similar to the drug finasteride, the only other hair loss medicine that has been passed by the FDA. Finasteride is not indicated for female hair loss because this drug is known to interfere with childbirth and may cause fetal damage. Some dermatologists do prescribe finasteride to post-menopausal women.

In addition to these medical treatments, several non-invasive approaches to counter female hair loss are available. Wigs and hairpieces, and hair weaving can conceal a bald path or thinned hair. Certain hairstyles may also effectively disguise lack of hair. Of course these methods are the easiest and the safest recourses for dealing with hair loss in females.

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