When it comes to hair loss men are not the only gender that it affects. There are women who also struggle with hair loss as much as men do. So when it comes to hair loss people will look generally into hair loss treatment. With the many treatments on the market, patients will look for the ones that are most popular, as most do with any type of treatment.
On the market today there is a treatment called Propecia. Propecia ranks at the top of the list of popularity. It is known to have little side effects, relatively simple to take, and effective. However, there is one warning that should be paid close attention to. The warning is for women of childbearing age. Propecia literature alerts women who are currently pregnant or potentially plan to become pregnant.
Propecia can be digested by women who are no longer the age of childbearing or past the menopausal stage of life if a medical provider feels this is an effective treatment for her.
The warning lists the dangers of exposure to this medication by just being handled. Tablets that become broken or crushed have ingredients that have been known to create abnormalities in the unborn male fetus’ sex organs. The drug is not dangerous necessarily for women to take; it is the risk on the fetus that is dangerous.
Hypospadias is an abnormality that happens to the unborn male fetus’ genitalia when the mother has had threatening contact with the hair loss treatment itself. Hypospadias is when the tip of the penis does not have the opening for the urethra on the tip, but rather it is found on the shaft at the bottom of the penis. When the opening of the penis or otherwise known as the urethra where the urine exits the body, is located on the bottom of the shaft this is considered the perineum. The perineum links the scrotum to the anus. When this occurs the scrotum does not allow the testes to descend.
Researchers believe that the reason that Propecia has effect on an unborn fetus is it is believed to prevent testosterone (male hormone) from changing into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is known to create hair follicles. Without DHT hair follicles can not form.
Therefore if taking Propecia affects the hormone of DHT it is true to say it will interrupt the natural process of the male genital organs from developing correctly. It is important to weigh the risks for women when considering taking the hair loss treatment to the complications that can occur to the unborn male fetus.
Other side effects that can happen to men using this treatment includes but not limited to impotence (erectile dysfunction, testicular pain, abnormal ejaculation, depression, development of male breasts, and lower ejaculatory volume.
Therefore, as with all drugs it is important to understand the possible risks, warnings, side effects and other complications that can occur with beginning a new treatment of any sorts. It is important to consult with a medical provider to discuss your options when treating hair loss.