Question: Does using minoxidil affect female fertility? Also, does it increase the chance of birth defects?
Answer: Hi, Jessica. When minoxidil is used to treat hair loss it is applied topically rather than taken orally. Topical minoxidil is not known to affect fertility.
At Belgravia we allow women using our treatment courses featuring high strength minoxidil to continue until the point that they become pregnant.
After that they must stop using hair loss treatment until after the baby is born if they are not breastfeeding or expressing milk, or until after they have finished breastfeeding/expressing if they are.
Minoxidil is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it can indeed harm the foetus, according to a 2003 study. This case study, based on the experience of a 28 year old woman during pregnancy, concluded that "Further knowledge on minoxidil-induced fetal toxicity would be beneficial before allowing its use in pregnant women".
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