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A Quick Recap
In Step 1 we established the two main types of women's hair loss: Androgenetic Alopecia and Telogen Effluvium. If you are experiencing patchy hair loss or body hair loss, please visit our Guide to the Alopecia's instead of reading here. Androgenetic Alopecia and Telogen Effluvium are typically caused by trauma, medications, illness, and hormonal conditions. The good news is that many of these will resolve themselves over time, or can be treated by your physician after being identified by the proper blood tests.
Working with your Physician on Internal Antiandrogens
Your physician has the qualifications to discuss with you the many possible internal antiandrogens you can take. This method can be a powerful and effective approach to hitting your hair loss from the inside as well. The list is long, but you can discuss with him or her the benefits and drawbacks of each of the following antiandrogens:
» Propecia - It's what men use. Discuss with your doctor if it will be effective for you as well.
» Oral Spironolactone - Effective internal antiandrogen - very common.
» Flutamide - 250mg orally 3 times a day
» Cimetidine - 300mg orally 5 times a day
» Dexamethasone - 0.25 to 0.75mg per night
» Cyproterone Acetate - 50 to 150mg a day (not available in US)
» Desogestrel: Desogen, Ortho-Cept
» Norgestimate: Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho Tri-Cyclen (yes it can grow hair too!)
» Norethindrone: Micronor, Nor-OD, Ovcon-35, Brevicon, Modicon,
» Ortho-Novum 7, 10,11, Tri-Norinyl, Norinyl and Orthol/35
» Ethynodiol diacetate: Demulen 1/35
» Levonorgestrel: TriphasilfTri-Levlen, Nordette
» Norgestrel: Lo/Ovral, Ovrefte, Ovral
» Norethindrone acetate: Loestrin 1/20, Loestrin 1.5/30
» Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists
» Leuprolide (Lupron-Depot), 3.75 mg/month intramuscularly, plus 0.625 mg conjugated
» ..estrogens and cyclic medroxyprogesterone acetate 10 mg (from days 1-12 of each month)
» Nafarelin (400 [Lg intranasally twice a day), plus Norinyl 1/35 tablets daily for 28 days, orally
No matter what your condition, there is something you can do today. We have an Online Product Center which is the result of over 8 years of feedback from our members, and trusted experts in the hair loss research world. We don't create or sell our own products. We've simply gathered the one's that work. Shameless self promotion isn't something we do well, but we'd be remiss to take you this far and leave you without the ability to take action. We're going to cover the treatments which you stand to benefit most from, below.
What Treatments Should you Take?
Please take a quick glance back at the stated cause of Androgenetic Alopecia in women HERE. So then, DHT blockers and Antiandrogens are the main arsenal for women experiencing Androgenetic Alopecia. As stated on the other page, treatments like S5 Cream and Revivogen are powerful, and yet natural, topical, locally applied treatments to help stop the cause of your hair loss. However, just like men with Androgenetic Alopecia, its wise to hit it from both angles. Using growth stimulants like Rogaine Foam or Tricomin Therapy Spray will kickstart the process significantly, and in combination with Antiandrogens, you'll be covered. To put it simply: Antiandrogens will stop the process causing your hair loss. Growth stimulants will kickstart hair growth on top of that. Using the two together is a powerful way to hit your hair loss from both angles. Those with Telogen Effluvium only need the growth stimulants.
Nizoral, Nizoral, Nizoral
We don't even carry it in our Online Product Center, and we push it as the staple of every hair loss treatment regimen. You may or may not have been experiencing the infuriating itch, tingling, and even burning and pain in your scalp. Whether or not you can sense it, the reactions going on in your scalp are causing an unacceptable environment for your hair, and this is a major part of why it is falling out. Nizoral shampoo is obtainable in your local grocery store, and it is imperative that you use it once every 3 days, starting today, rotating with any shampoo you like. Allow it to soak for the duration of your shower and reapply, then rinse. Nizoral has the unique ability to calm the scalp, hinder the hormonal processes, reduce the inflammation, and restore your skin to a normal state. This will not only dramatically slow further hair loss, but it will enable your other treatments to actually work. Without it your hair will fall out faster, and your treatments may not do a thing.
Let's get you going on a Treatment Regimen
What we're here to do is lead you down the straight and narrow. Despite the myriad's of snake oils out there claiming otherwise, there are only a few treatments that actually help with hair loss in women. We have categorized them on the next page by what they do, and how they can help.If you don't see the product listed there, it has not made enough of a stir to warrant being mentioned, and thus is not worth your time. Let's get started...