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Female Hair Loss
Posted by: Florence
Date: February 25, 2001 8:39 PM

I am experiencing a receding frontal hair line. I am now using a progesterone cream as Dr. John Lee believes female pattern baldness may be cauesed by a deficiency in this hormone. Some suggest this hair loss can be traced to a thyroid deficiency but these tests have all shown my thyroid as normal. Any other suggestions?

RE: Female Hair Loss
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 26, 2001 8:25 PM

Some females experience hair loss with age similar to the hair loss men often experience (except for senators from Massachusetts and presidents from California). If there is no obvious explanation other than genetic disposition related to normal aging, and you really want to stop it (and perhaps reverse it to some degree), the use of Minoxidil topically (trade name Rogaine), which is available over the counter, is the most effective way to do it. It works for women as well as for men. In fact there is a preparation of Rogaine labeled "for women." It is a drug originally used orally for hypertension, and if you use it topically some of it will get in, but it should be minimal. Hormones are not going to get the job done.

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