Talking to Your Dermatologist

If you have any questions about your hair loss, you should speak with a healthcare professional or a dermatologist. As your informed ally, he or she will be able to diagnose the situation, and walk you through your options.

It bears repeating: more than 1 in 4 women has hereditary hair loss. You’re not alone. And you have good reason to feel optimistic because Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is clinically proven to regrow hair in more than 80%* of women who use it consistently.

To help you get the most out of your appointment, we’ve created this guide for talking to your dermatologist.

STEP 1: Create a simple diary tracking your hair health

Jot down a list of out of the ordinary experiences you have been having with your hair, such as more frequent and/or larger clumps of hair in the drain after showering, or an increased number of strands on your pillow after a good night's sleep, or an increase in the amount of shedding on your clothing. Take these daily observations over a 1- to 2-month time period. These are all things you want to mention to your dermatologist. 

STEP 2: Feel free to bring the evidence

Jot down a list of all the self-diagnostic tools and tests you’ve used and the results from these tests. Bring them with you to your appointment. Also bring any related photos of your scalp or physical evidence of hair loss, if you feel so moved. It’s not unheard of for women to bring in clumps of hair in a plastic bag for their doctor to examine. Don’t be shy. Your doctor is there to help you.

STEP 3: Fill your doctor in honestly about lifestyle habits or changes that may be related to hair loss that is not hereditary.

Although over 90% of all hair loss is due to genetic factors, remember that there are still other causes of hair loss, such as over-processing, long-term everyday stress, and, in more rare cases, a medical condition (perhaps related to thyroid).

STEP 4: Inquire if any further testing is necessary.

Expect your dermatologists to ask further questions and to do a detailed review of your medical history covering topics such as recent childbirth, surgeries or cancer treatments (chemotherapy or radiotherapy), menopause, and familial history of hereditary androgenetic alopecia (ie, genetic hair loss). After filling your dermatologist in on all the proactive observations you have made, and after you’ve provided him/her with a glimpse of your lifestyle patterns and history, he/she may recommend further testing. If nothing is mentioned, ask if further testing is necessary. 

Additional testing may include but are not limited to:

  • Blood tests (to measure iron deficiency, thyroid levels and diabetes)
  • A hair biopsy to analyze a strand of your hair
  • A cross-section trichometry or densitometry to assess hair thinning