Treating Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss in women can have several different forms and causes just like the men’s hair loss. Female loss of hair can be due to alopecia areata or its many different forms, it can be stress induced (such as telogen effluvium), it can be caused by hormonal changes during and post menopause or after giving a birth (which can also trigger telogen effluvium), but the main cause of hair loss in women is the metabolite of the male hormone testosterone – dihydrotestosterone – also known as DHT, attacking and destroying their susceptible hair follicles. It may sound strange but female bodies also produce the male hormone testosterone that is being converted into the follicle harming DHT. This type of hair loss is also called androgenetic alopecia and it affects about 25% of women. It is hereditary and usually becomes more severe after menopause. However, it can start as early as in the teens. The main difference between the male and female form of baldness is in its shape – women lose their hair around their whole scalp, so that their hair loss is less focused and less noticeable since it is diffuse. It is rare for a woman to lose all its individual hairs from a single follicle like men do which then leads to complete baldness on top of their heads.

When it comes to treating hair loss in women the available treatments are in a short supply when compared to men's options. Although women can use Rogaine (minoxidil), usually only 2% strength of minoxidil is recommended in order to avoid undesirable facial hair growth. Some doctors, though, recommend their female patients to use Rogaine foam (5% of minoxidil) as this form of Rogaine rarely causes side effects. However, women may not use the men's most powerful hair re-growth pill Propecia (finasteride) as it could cause irreparable harm to the male fetus should they be or become pregnant shortly after they came in contact with this substance. Nevertheless, there happens to be at least one medication available, which can be used by women that has been shown to be reasonably effective in treating female pattern baldness. It is a chemical substance called spironolactone also known as generic Aldactone. Aldactone apart from being a diuretic and hence a blood-pressure lowering agent is also used to treat hormonal acne, seborrhea and excess body hair in adult women. Spironolactone also happens to be an antiandrogenic drug so its hair growth promoting properties are due to the same factor as those of the men's most potent hair loss pill Propecia.

However, spironolactone though widely used so, has never been approved for treating hair loss. Despite that many doctors prescribe spironolactone off-label to their female hair loss patients as the treatment of the last resort and with good rates of success. Unfortunately not every doctor is ready to give you prescription for this drug in order to treat hair loss and if they do so rarely in dosages that could trigger hair regrowth. Thus for many women the only remaining option to effectively combat their hair loss condition is to acquire Aldactone online and self-medicate. This is not advisable, though, but often the only way for them to save their hair. Aldactone should be always taken in combination with some contraceptive in order to prevent pregnancy. Male patients should avoid this medication because of its strong feminizing effects. Spironolactone is actually used by transvestites for its feminizing qualities.