using rogaine for hair thinning

anathemaNovember 26, 2006

I have read a number of messages from women who say they have had success with men's rogaine. This prompted me to run to the drugstore to make my purchase. But when I read the label, I decided against buying it. It said "not for use by women." So my questions are for those women who are using it: Did your doctor tell you to try men's rogaine, as opposed to the women's formula? Is your hair thinning all over (mine is), or is it thinning like a man's, on top? And is anyone having any side effects, other than oily hair? I wonder why they warn against women users. I contacted the manufacturer and asked if it was safe for me to use their product for men and they didn't even answer my question. Kinda danced around it...I have an appointment with my doctor, but it is a month away, and I would like to get started ASAP. I know you all understand my anxiety! thanks

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my sil uses it until he and dd2 tried to have a baby, then he quit using it for the entire 9 months.

know how hard it it to deal with but glad to see you waiting for your dr's advice...

    Bookmark   November 29, 2006 at 7:18PM
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Before I started taking Rogaine, I would have a complete exam by your gyn and get your sex and stress hormone levels checked. The reason I say this is that (if I remember correctly) thinning hair is caused by an excess of androgen hormones in relation to female sex hormones. Rogaine may be fine, but I would want to know what was causing my hair to significantly thin. But that's just me :)
Mrs H

    Bookmark   November 30, 2006 at 1:01PM
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I went to see my dermatologist yesterday for several reasons, one of which was hair loss/thinning. Mrs. H is right on when she talks about getting your hormone levels checked first. My dermatologist said it is an increase in the androgen hormones. My hair loss could be attributed to that, but I am also anemic, so that is another cause.

She said that using rogaine is fine and unlike men, women CAN stop using it.

Hope this helps.


    Bookmark   December 1, 2006 at 5:29PM
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Hi. I went to my doctor, finally. She didn't test me,but told me to take black cohosh daily and get more soy into me.I bought the black cohosh and had immediate results.I am losing only a couple of strands of hair after my shower,now.She also suggested going to GNC health store and getting vitamins specifically for hair. I didn't try that. As the Rogaine, she said I could try it, but to make sure I only use the women's formula. Thanks, Mrs. H and Cheryl!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2007 at 11:49AM
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