ZocdocAnswersShould my husband stop using Rogaine now that we are trying to conceive?

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Should my husband stop using Rogaine now that we are trying to conceive?

He currently applies Rogaine Extra Strength 5% Minoxidil Topical Solution twice a day. If he should stop using Rogaine, are there other hair loss treatments he could try that wouldn't be problematic? Thank you

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The active ingredient in Rogaine is minoxidil, and this is the agent that promotes hair re-growth in men suffering from male pattern baldness. In order to address your specific questions and concerns regarding this product and regarding your fertility status, it will be important for you to make an appointment to speak with your doctor. Having said that, it has not been fully established how exactly minoxidil exerts its hair growing effect. The most likely mechanism that has been proposed is that it acts locally at the region of skin where it is applied to cause vasodilation (expansion of the blood vessel lumen), which then increases blood flow to that area and supplies nutrients to the hair follicles in that region to promote hair growth. Unlike other agents, such as propecia, it has not been shown to have effects on hormone levels in the body. For this reason, it has not been shown to affect male fertility negatively, and it should be safe in your husbands case to continue using while you are attempting to conceive. Again, in order to fully address your particular situation and factors that will influence your chances of conceiving, it is important that you make an appointment to see your primary care doctor, gynecologist, or fertility specialist.

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