Should Women Use Men’s Rogaine?
What To Know Before You Start Using Rogaine
You may have heard in the news that the FDA recently raised the approved dose of Rogaine for women from 2% to 5% Minoxidil—a similar dose to that recommended for men. But many of our patients still have questions about its efficacy and safety.
What is Rogaine?
Rogaine is a popular treatment for hair loss that’s FDA-approved for both men and women. You can buy it over the counter as both a liquid spray and an aerosol foam.
Minoxidil is the active ingredient in Rogaine, and it works as a vasodilator—a medication that opens up the blood vessels and encourages blood flow.
Scientists still don’t understand exactly how this medication boosts hair growth, but it seems to enlarge the follicles and increase the growth phase.
Is Rogaine Effective for Women?
Minoxidil—the active ingredient in Rogaine—has indeed been shown to be effective in women. But it doesn’t work for everyone.
In the original study that led to Rogaine’s approval by the FDA, 40% of male test subjects saw moderate to dense hair growth over the course of the trial. 62% of the test subjects reported an overall reduction in hair loss, with 16% rating the drug “very effective” and 48% rating it “effective.”
It seems to get more moderate results for women. In one study, 19% of women who used the product for eight months claimed to see “moderate” hair growth, while 40% rated their results “minimal.”
However, many women who use Rogaine report that it has the effect of halting or slowing hair loss, even if it doesn’t cause new hair to grow. Because of this, Rogaine can be quite useful in partnership with other treatments.
Is Rogaine Safe for Women?
Overall, Rogaine is considered as safe for women as it is for men. One thing for women to consider, however, is that Rogaine is a Category C danger to those who are breastfeeding or pregnant.
That doesn’t mean that the product is dangerous to the baby, per se—it just means that not enough research has been done to completely rule out any danger.
We recommend women who are pregnant or breastfeeding avoid Minoxidil, but for those who don’t fall in that category, we prescribe 5% Minoxidil taken once or twice per day—depending on the patient’s needs and treatment plan.
Questions About Female Pattern Baldness? Talk to a World-Class Hair Loss Expert
Unexplained hair loss can be equal parts frustrating and frightening, and it can hurt your self-esteem. In women, the causes are often more varied and complex than they are for men—and more difficult to diagnose.
However, many women have underlying health conditions that are causing their hair loss, and that are very much treatable. Even if you’ve consulted with other physicians who haven’t been able to find the cause, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there to discover.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo has helped thousands of women get to the bottom of their hair loss. Working in consultation with your existing doctor, he applies decades of experience and expertise to restore healthy, natural hair growth in his female patients.
Schedule a free, confidential consultation today—either in person or online. Dr. Danyo will evaluate your hair loss and help you develop a custom plan for recovery.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.