Many women experience a form of androgenetic alopecia known as female-pattern hair loss (See Female pattern baldness for more information on causes, patterns, diagnosis and treatment of hair loss in women).
The only nonsurgical hair restoration treatment available for women is topical Minoxidil (Rogaine® ). Finasteride can have under-masculinizing effects on a male fetus; therefore, finasteride should not be taken by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant during a course of treatment. A woman who is experiencing hair loss should consult a physician hair restoration specialist for examination, diagnosis and recommendation for treatment based on diagnosis.
At all formulations, women have been shown to have a better response than men to topical Rogaine. The reason for this is not well understood.