I am a 33 year old female who has been using 5% minoxidil for the last 2.5 years. The minoxidil has helped hair to grow in the thin/bald areas of my head and has been very sucessful.
I want to try and have a baby this year. I know it is not advisable to take minoxidil during pregnancy but my question is to when do I need to stop. Is it OK to be using it while I am trying to conceive and to stop as soon as I know I am pregnant? I’m worried that if I stop now and don’t conceive for a long period then I am going to have to suffer the bald patches again.
Topical minoxidil has small absorption from skin that can potentially affect the baby during pregnancy. There is not enough information on humans for the use of minoxidil during pregnancy, but animal studies showed some side effects on babies. To be on the safe side you should not use topical minoxidil during pregnancy. Of course, stopping the drug may cause reversal of the benefits in a short 3 month timeframe. Using minoxidil during lactation is thought to be safe. The good news is that your hormonal balance during pregnancy is toward protecting hair growth and strengthening hair via a surge of estrogen. Your hair loss may be affected adversely after pregnancy (telogen effluvium) and during this period you can restart taking topical minoxidil.