My Doctor Wants to Give Me Steroid Injections for My Female Hair Loss!

Hello, im hoping you could kindly help me please? Ive been suffering hair thinning and balding patches for the last two to three years, gradually becoming worse, i have naturally long dark curly hair. I have had been given all sorts of treatments to try and im under the care of a Trichologist and a Dermatologist, ive finished my Minoxodil 4% as the 2% wasnt strong enough, but unfortunately it has not worked, so i went back today to see the consultant dermatologist and he told me he would like to try the steroid injections into the scalp, but i would like to have hair transplant as it is affecting my confidence and feel ugly and constantly compare myself to other women.

Im 28 years old, female, and studying to become a doctor, so i just put the hairloss down to stress but its been over to years now and its worse, please help! Is my doctor correct in trying the injections? he said the transplant would not work. my hairloss and thinning is on my temple area and around the size of the bottom of a mug (cup) and hair thinning on my roots. Thank you for your help.

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You need a real diagnosis, and I really can’t help you without that. There is no definitive medical solution for genetic hair loss in women in most instances. You are wasting money by seeing all these specialists and you may end up worse off after these invasive procedures that may not work. Steroids have never been proven to work for genetic female hair loss, but do work for particular diseases like alopecia areata. Plus, steroid injections to the scalp often cause hair loss.

As you say you are studying to be a physician, empower yourself by educating yourself on women’s hair loss issues and treatment. Hair loss in women can be from a variety of reasons, some of which are listed here. As for hair transplants, many women just are not candidates, but I couldn’t specifically say whether you are or not as I’ve never examined your loss.

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2 thoughts on “My Doctor Wants to Give Me Steroid Injections for My Female Hair Loss!

  1. I have been receiving steroid injections in joints for the past 3 years. My hair is thickjer and has gotten very curly. My stylist and her husband were in the waiting room at a doctors office and they argued if it was me or not. She said it couldn’t be me because “That woman has hair” I don’t see so much going down the drain anymore. But the funny thing is that for 57 years I’ve had terribly straight, baby fine baby thin hair. Now it lookjs like I had a perm and it’s thicker that ever. A lady at the doc’s office told me it was the injections that was doing it. I hope this helps!

  2. I know for a fact that steroid injections can cause hair loss. I was initially suffering from hair loss due to traction alopecia. I started receiving steroid injections to the scalp and initially they worked well. Then after months and months of treatments, I started seeing small bald circular areas where the needle was injected. It is now 7 years later and the hair is still bald in those areas. Hair grows around those areas, but not in those areas. I finally got tried of everyone looking at my scalp and decided to try another hair loss doctor. I found one of the best hair loss doctors in Atlanta GA, and he prescribed several treatment methods (I am also sufferinng from female pattern hair loss). One of which was steroid injections to the scalp, I was very reluctant about this treatment and I informed the doctor/PA that I thought my frontal hair loss was due to those injections. He/she informed me that they have never heard of steriod injections causing hair loss. After one round of treatment, it confirmed what I thought all along. The injections did cause more circular bald spot hair loss. The doctor has now stopped the injections and any steriod ointment I was using on my scalp. He has now prescribed several other progressive form of hair loss treatment. If there is no growth in these areas in 6 months, I am going to get hair grafts.

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