Does Rogaine Work?
Rogaine Clinical Trials in Women
In two clinical trials, women with scattered hair thinning on the scalp were given either Rogaine or a placebo to use twice daily for eight months. At the end of the eight months, more women using Rogaine had regrown hair compared to those using the placebo.
Based on investigator evaluation, up to 63 percent of the women had responded to Rogaine with some degree of hair growth. However, only 13 percent had hair growth that was considered moderate or dense. In comparison, up to 39 percent of those using the placebo experienced hair regrowth (6 percent with moderate growth and 33 percent with minimal growth).
What Do Clinical Trials Tell Us?It seems that Rogaine works for some people, but not for everyone who uses it. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know beforehand who the medication will work for; however, people who were younger, who had not been balding for very long, and who had small bald areas were more likely to respond to the medication in the clinical trials.
Some people who use Rogaine may find that they have very noticeable, dense hair regrowth. However, the majority of people in clinical trials had only minimal hair growth from Rogaine. The amount of hair growth that is satisfactory enough to continue using the medication is an individual decision.
Additionally, Rogaine may take several months to work. In general, it is recommended that people wait at least four months to see if Rogaine works for them. If you see results in four months, your results may improve with continued use.
Final ThoughtsIf you decide to try Rogaine for hair loss, it is important to have realistic expectations. Know beforehand that the medication may not work for you, especially if you are older, have been balding for longer, or have large areas of baldness. Also, Rogaine is only intended for treating male and female pattern hair loss. It will not work for all causes of hair loss.
Realistically, no one will regrow all his or her hair using this medication. You will need to decide how much hair growth is enough to satisfy you. For some people, minimal hair growth may be enough to say Rogaine works, while others may need a denser, noticeable response to be satisfied.
Keep in mind that you will need to continue to use this medication to keep the hair you regrew. Hair loss will recur when you stop using it. Also, some people may notice that the medication stops working for them after three to four months of use.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any additional questions about what to expect with Rogaine use or whether this product is working for you.