Does minoxidil work for women’s hair loss?


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Hair loss problem is an epic condition seen in both males and females. Talking about hair loss and only one medication comes in ur mind i.e Minoxidil. Many have questions in their mind about it like does minoxidil work for women hair loss? Yes, it also works in women, depending on your hair condition. I will try to explain to you in details in this article.

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What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a hair loss medication, which does work in both men and women. Actually, the discovery of the use of minoxidil is very accidental. This drug was under clinical trial for blood pressure but researchers came to know that its actually helping hairs to regrow. It actually helps by increasing the blood flow acting as a vasodilator at hair capillaries and strengthen increasing the hair follicular size and shaft diameter. Minoxidil, when applied to the scalp, could stimulate hair growth, confirmed by the research studies.

Every one thinks Minoxidil is not a miracle drug. It might produce some new growth of hair in some women, not in all women, but it can’t restore the full density of lost hair. Minoxidil for women is not a quick fix in women hair loss. It takes 4-6 months for visible results after the use of it.

If Minoxidil works for you, under Dermatologists guidance, you should use it to maintain the results because stopping the use of minoxidil increases hair fall. As we know minoxidil increases Anagen phase of hair growth cycle i.e growth phase & postpones your baldness. But when you stop using minoxidil you will face the Telogen phase of the hair growth cycle. And definitely will notice hair shedding.

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Does Minoxidil work for hair loss?

Minoxidil results in 5 ways

Let’s check how minoxidil helps in giving results.

  1. Extending the growth phase of each follicle
  2. Increasing blood flow to the follicles, in turn, an increasing amount of nutrition and an increase in growth.
  3. Reversing miniaturization of hair follicles
  4. Extending the growth phase of hair follicles.
  5. Stimulating hair follicles from resting to the growth phase.

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How long does it take to see results with minoxidil?

Minoxidil dosage:

It is a very important medication for hair loss, so make sure you should take this medication with your dermatologist prescription. This medication is available in 3 variants:  2%, 5% and 10% and available in solutions and foam based.

What are the side effects of minoxidil?

Its seen that some patients experience side effects when using it. Let’s check the points.

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Swelling
  • Weight gain
  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty of breathing
  • Swelling of hands and feets
  • Fainting


Make sure, if you face such problems, then you need to inform your dermatologist. Now you can watch this video to understand it much better way.

Treatment for hair loss in female

Along with minoxidil topical application, you can also use, to get better and faster results. Some of the treatments are:

  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy
  • Micro-needling Dermaroller



I hope I’m able to give you all in information about minoxidil how it works in women. So, if you have any more queries feel free to ask us through comments.

Thank you for reading!

Are you looking for hair fall solution? Get in touch with the best of our hair doctors in Pune to cure your hair loss. To book an appointment for a hair treatment or hair transplantation, contact our dermatologists near you, call +919584584111.

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