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Hair Loss Frequently Asked Questions


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What causes hair loss?

Most hair loss is hereditary, meaning that it is genetic and there isn’t much you can do about it. There are other, less common types and causes of hair loss you can read about in our Types and Causes section.

How common is hair loss?

By age 50, roughly 50% of men will have noticeable hair loss. By the same age, roughly 30% of women will have the same problem.

What can I do to prevent hair loss?

If early hair loss runs in your family, or you are starting to notice it, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. He may recommend Propecia or Rogaine to help prevent further hair loss. Both of these medications have been shown to be quite effective in stopping hair loss.

Is it normal for women to lose their hair?

Yes, absolutely. Hair loss is often wrongly considered to be a male-only problem. However, it is a serious issue that affects millions of women as well. Women have some advantages over men when it comes to cosmetic options. By perming, curling, and using other styling techniques, many women can effectively hide the effects of hair loss. You can find out more in our female hair loss section.

Will Rogaine cause more hair growth on my face?

In most cases, no. When properly applied, Rogaine (minoxidil) should not cause additional hair growth anywhere except the application site.

Is it true that Propecia can lower sex drive?

In a clinical study, Merck found that sexual side effects only occurred in 5.9% of patients taking Propecia. In the group taking placebos (dummy pills) 2.9% reported sexual side effects, so the effective rate of this side effect is only 3%.




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