Do not use finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) for hair loss. There is accumulating evidence that it negatively impacts male fertility. You may instead use topical minoxidil (Rogaine), which has no known negative effects on male fertility.
Does minoxidil lower sperm count?
Minoxidil is another medication used to treat both female and male hair loss. Evidence linking this medication to reductions in sperm count is lacking.
Can minoxidil cause birth defects?
Two infants exposed to oral minoxidil in utero experienced hypertrichosis (a known adverse effect), with the causal relationship to multiple congenital malformations in one and heart defects in the other infant being unclear.
Why minoxidil is bad?
Minoxidil can cause salt and water to build up in your body. This can lead to congestive heart failure. Your doctor should prescribe that you take a diuretic with minoxidil to help prevent this.
Who should not use minoxidil?
Individuals younger than 18 years old should not use minoxidil products like Rogaine. Elderly individuals who use minoxidil may experience increased sensitivity to cold temperatures. Minoxidil topical solution should present a low-risk factor to breastfeeding infants.
What happens if you stop minoxidil?
What happens if you stop minoxidil? If you stop applying minoxidil to your scalp, you’ll gradually lose any hair that you’ve regrown as a result of the medication. Minoxidil is a well-studied medication that’s safe to use for the long term.
Do you rub minoxidil in?
Do not massage the minoxidil into your scalp – let it sit covering the areas of the scalp where it is required and absorb in. You do not need to shampoo your hair before you apply your minoxidil each time.
Is it safe to use minoxidil long term?
In most cases, Minoxidil is safe for long term use. Here’s what you need to know: Side effects with Minoxidil are limited and will subside when you stop taking the medication. Some patients may experience mild scalp irritation.