I am a post-menopausal woman with female pattern hair loss. As you can imagine I am desperate to find a fix for this predicament. I’ve noticed that Rogaine for men has 5% minoxidil (sp?) while the women’s version has a maximum of 2%. The men’s version cautions that it is not to be used by women. Is that just because of possible child birth issues which would not be an issue for me?
Minoxidil will work better in women at a higher concentration. I can not tell you why some of the manufacturers recommend less than 5%, but I can tell you that the higher concentrations, although they may be more effective, do have more side effects. This drug is known to drop blood pressure and the more you use of it, the more the possibility of other side effects such as skin irritation.
With regard to use of minoxidil in pregnant women, this is a clear use that is contraindicated. Women must ‘know’ if they are pregnant and should be assured that they are not pregnant if they use this drug.