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Androgenetic alopecia, also known as female or male pattern baldness, is a common form of hair loss.
Male-pattern baldness typically appears first on the top of the head, or at the front of the head around the hairline. A receding hairline can progress to become partial or complete baldness.
There are many different treatment options for hair loss and what is appropriate will depend on your condition. Topical agents like minoxidil are often prescribed to elongate the growth phase of hair. Your doctor may also prescribe oral medications.
Depending on the medication you are prescribed, it may take three to six months to start seeing improvements. Treatment should continue for as long as you desire the clinical effect. However, age limits and medical restrictions will need to be considered. Once treatment is ceased, any hair that is gained will slowly fall out.
Once you begin hair growth treatment, it’s common to see no visible change in the first three months. In fact, in the first two months, some people may notice that they’re shedding more fine hairs than they were before. This is temporary and completely normal.
Within the three to six month period, you may notice that hair loss has slowed, stopped, or in some cases, maybe even reversed. We recommend taking photographs to track your progress.
After six months, your hair loss may considerably slow or stop completely. Some patients may see signs of regrowth, which usually occurs first at the crown of the head.
It’s important to note that the above are a general guide only. Results will vary from person to person and depend on the hair loss treatment you are using. Patients using topical medications such as minoxidil could see some progress in as little as two weeks. Oral medications typically take up to three months to show an effect.
Consistent daily treatment is required for at least 12 months to maintain results and increase the chance of regrowth. Throughout this time, your doctor will follow up with you to discuss your progress and condition.
Unfortunately due to Australian law we aren't allowed to list specific medication names until you have been assessed by a doctor. All of the prescription hair loss treatments available through Rosemary are safe to use. Your doctor will prescribe you a personalised treatment plan based on your medical history, symptoms and needs.
The one-time doctor consultation fee is $20 and hair loss treatments start from as low as $2 per day. Your personalised treatment plan comes with unlimited follow ups and messaging with the doctor. If the doctor decides it is not medically appropriate to prescribe hair loss treatment for you, your $20 consultation fee is refunded. All hair loss treatment plans come with free medicine delivery and convenient automatic reorders.
One of the most common prescription hair loss treatments for men is a drug known as a type II 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor. It regulates the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is known to shrink hair follicles. By targeting this hormone, scalp levels of DHT are lowered, which reduces hair loss and can potentially help to regrow your hair.
Prescription hair loss treatments for men can cause loss of libido, erectile dysfunction and failure to ejaculate. Speak with your doctor about any side effects you're experiencing.
These drugs may also affect your fertility by reducing your seminal quality. Tablets (especially broken tablets) should not be handled by pregnant women or women who are trying to conceive.
If you’re losing your hair, and it isn’t due to male or female pattern baldness, your condition will require further investigation. Hair loss can present in various forms and be the result of a number of factors, including autoimmune disorders like alopecia areata, hypothyroidism, fungal infections, postpartum hair loss or telogen effluvium. If you are male and at risk of prostate disease (family history, above the age of 40 and with symptoms), further investigation will also be required.