Hair loss in women during and after a pregnancy

A pregnancy can lead to major changes in the hormonal balance of a woman and therefore also to the hair situation. The hormone level fluctuates during pregnancy. Many women feel that their hair is thicker and fuller during pregnancy. This may have to do with a change in the number of hairs in the resting phase, but the exact reason is still unknown.

About 6 months after delivery, additional hair loss often occurs in women. How this can be prevented is unknown. It is also uncertain whether the extra hair loss causes the hair status to become the same as before the pregnancy.

What specific treatments are there for women against hair loss?

There are different treatments for women against hair loss. For women, the following products and treatments may be of interest: Minoxidil (Rogaine), hair transplantation, hair thickening products (Toppik), wigs and hair extensions.
Something that can be discussed with your doctor, but not approved by the FDA, is the use of Propecia. However, this can go hand in hand with (serious) side effects.

– Minoxidil (Rogaine) is available at the pharmacy and available in various concentrations. There is a 2%, 4% and 5% concentration to obtain. This product must be used twice a day. Research has shown that Minoxidil can help maintain your current hair status and possibly provide a bit of regrowth. It is important that you avoid Minoxidil on the face or neck, because it may also cause additional hair growth.
There is a 2% concentration on the market for women. Higher concentrations can be prescribed by your doctor.

– Finasteride (Propecia) is a medicine / hair growth agent approved for men by the FDA. Extensive investigations have also been carried out for women. It appears that this product is unsafe for women of childbearing age. Only after women have been in transition, is this product safe to use. Finasteride (Propecia) can be used off-label, at your own risk, by women who are not pregnant or want to become pregnant while taking the medication.  Studies have shown that Finasteride (Propecia) in some women can ensure the maintenance of hair status and possibly also regrowth.

– Hair transplants can be useful in some women (and men) to thicken areas on the scalp with little hair with transplanted hair.