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Q:  As far as androgenic alopecia is concerned, will progesterone therapy restore the balance and allow the body to again grow hair?

A: This is an important question because progesterone, often in cream form, has been heavily promoted by the alternative health establishment. (Yes, alternative health is an establishment too and a multi-billion dollar industry.) There is no evidence whatsoever that progesterone helps hair. It is certainly not adequate treatment by itself. Progesterone in oral form is appropriate for some women in menopause and for some younger women with menstrual disorders. There is no evidence for benefits of progesterone cream. There is also some concern about the safety of progesterone for the breast.

Hope this is helpful.

Geoffrey Redmond, MD

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