Can Propecia be used for hair loss in women?

Just as male pattern hair loss, the female pattern hair loss to is a serious and quite distressing a condition. Caused by the presence of male hormone namely testosterone in the body, the female pattern hair loss to affects millions of women. Though testosterone is a male hormone, the female body to secretes this hormone in some quantity by the adrenal gland. The Type II 5α reductase enzyme converts the testosterone hormone into dihydrotestosterone hormone. It is this dihydrotestosterone hormone that causes the female pattern hair loss as well. So it possible to use men’s hair loss pill Propecia for women too?

Treatment of female pattern hair loss with Propecia

Since testosterone hormone and the potent dihydrotestosterone is the reason behind the female pattern hair loss, a drug that would inhibit the action of The Type II 5α reductase enzyme would ensure that the conversion of the hormone is prevented. Propecia and the active ingredient in it namely Finasteride is a drug that can inhibit the action of this enzyme.

Is Propecia safe for women?

Though Propecia can prevent the action of Type II 5α reductase enzyme, it is not recommended for use in women. This is because Propecia has the potential to cause male fetus mutation. When the woman becomes pregnant with a male fetus, Propecia can cause mutation of the fetus, causing serious health issues for the fetus, keep aside the potential damages to the health of the woman. Hence, Propecia is not recommended for use by the women, who are of child-bearing age.

If a woman, during pregnancy or even before getting pregnant, had taken Propecia and is pregnant with a male fetus, the genitals of the male fetus can be mutated. The male will thus be born with female genitals. Hence, under no circumstances, should a woman be prescribed and be taking this drug for preventing hair loss.

When can women use Propecia for preventing female pattern hair loss?

Once the woman has crossed her child-bearing age and if the woman has no desire to get pregnant in the future, she can be prescribed with Propecia for hair loss. Thus, the post-menopausal period is the best time to consume this drug. Usually, a woman is prescribed 2.5 mg Propecia per day, for preventing hair loss, which is a higher dose than what is prescribed for the men.

Even if the woman is still having her menstrual cycles, she must take Propecia along with contraceptive pills, to prevent getting pregnant and also to maintain a steady menstrual cycle as Propecia can disrupt the menstrual cycle. Apart from post-menopausal women, those women, who are infertile due to other medical conditions or those, who have undergone procedures to prevent pregnancy permanently, are prescribed with Propecia.


Since there is a serious potential threat for the women to give birth to deformed children, Propecia must never be used by women in their child-bearing age. They must go for other treatments at first and if nothing works, then take Propecia as a last resort for the treatment of their female pattern hair loss problem.