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Why Propecia is not for Women?

For the time being Propecia is one of the most effective remedies to stop baldness and even restart the hair growth. It is no wonder that many people, both male and female, having problems with their hair, are interested in the treatment with Propecia. Easy to use, effective and having very few side effects Propecia seem to be the real safety belt, though… not for women.

Here is what the official site of Propecia says about the use of this medication by women: "Women who are or may potentially be pregnant must not use PROPECIA and should not handle crushed or broken PROPECIA tablets because the active ingredient may cause abnormalities of a male baby’s sex organs”.

I can only imagine what women can think about this medication after reading such note. Taking into account the extreme caution of some females, it is easier to suppose that some of them will rather agree to live with a bold husband than let him bring Propecia to the house.

Let us investigate now why Propecia is not for women where the danger is.

First of all, let me draw your attention to the fact that Propecia is not recommended only for those women, who are pregnant or may potentially become pregnant. Consequently, any woman after menopause may be prescribed with Propecia if her doctor decides it is the right solution in the specific case.

So, as we see Propecia is dangerous when used by pregnant women. Furthermore, it is dangerous not for women themselves, but for their babies.

Next fact is that Propecia is dangerous for male babies, because it may lead to certain abnormalities in their sex organs. This abnormality is called hypospadias and it defines the condition when the urethra opening (from which the urine passes) is located not at the tip of male penis, but somewhere else between the glans and scrotum.

Though hypospadias is not a rare condition among the born children even if their mothers were not treated with Propecia (rates differ from 1 out of 100 to 1 out of 350 in different sources), clinical trials showed that Propecia may also cause this type of birth defect.

Scientists believe that the main reason of such Propecia influence of unborn children lies in the mode of action of this medication. Namely, Propecia interferes with the hormonal system of human organism and prevents male hormone testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is blamed for the ability to destroy hair follicles. Consequently, suppressing DHT formation, Propecia promotes the hair growth.

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On the other hand, the same hormonal mechanism participates in the normal process of male sex organs formation in the unborn children. It is quite understandable that in comparison to baldness, birth defects are far more serious problems. That is why, Propecia developers as well as the Food and Drug Administration of the USA do not allow use of Propecia by those women, who are or may potentially become pregnant.

Nevertheless, in spite of the possible disappointment with Propecia, women should take in mind that it is not the only opportunity to restore the hair growth. For example, Rogaine is a topical treatment, which is approved for the use by both men and women in order to support and restore their hair.


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