Interventions for Female Pattern Hair Loss

JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Mar 1;153(3):329-330. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.5790.


Clinical question: Which interventions are effective and safe for treating female pattern hair loss (FPHL)?

Bottom line: There was low- to moderate-quality evidence that topical minoxidil (2% and 5%) was associated with improvements in FPHL. There was low-quality evidence that finasteride was no more effective than placebo. There were inconsistent results from studies that laser devices were effective, but total hair count increased compared with baseline (moderate- to low-quality evidence). Most treatments were not associated with higher adverse event rates than placebo.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia*
  • Female
  • Finasteride
  • Hair / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Minoxidil*


  • Finasteride
  • Minoxidil