I’m a 26 year old woman. My friend mentioned there’s a test to see if medication would work for treating my hair loss and said you wrote about it a while ago on balding blog. Can you point me to the article since I can’t seem to find it. Thank you
Sure thing. We wrote about it last October — here.
One of the HairDX genetic tests will screen women for the connection between their hair loss with respect to an androgenic cause and the treatment options available to them. Women who show a high sensitivity to androgens could benefit from drugs like finasteride (Propecia), although this would be prescribed off-label as this drug has not been FDA approved for use in women. The use of these medications in women is dependent upon the doctor who prescribes it, but more and more doctors are now adopting this test.
Women who may be pregnant should never take finasteride, because of the risk associated with sexual malformations in children if the medication is taken during pregnancy.