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Has anyone tried a topical estrogen to treat mpb???? (Topicals & Shampoos)

posted by pproctor, 05.01.2008, 01:39

» Dr. P, I think estrogen is one of the most misunderstood topic for mpb. I
» see a lot of studies on that, some say estrogen is good for mpb, others
» say it isn't. I think just 1 anecdotal evidence is not enough conclude
» whether estrogen is benefical for mpb

The issue arose several years ago when some scientists discovered and published that estrogens thin body hair on rodents and from this concluded that estrogens cause pattern hair loss and that estrogen receptor blockers might prove useful for treatmet of pattern loss.

For some reason, they did not know (but were subsequently strongly reminded of) that 1)this is well known for humans and 2) That the effects of estrogen on body hair and scalp hair are exactly opposite. Just like testosterone, in fact. Likewise, estrogen receptor blockers (used to treat, e.g., breast cancer) are well-known to exacerbate pattern loss. Occasionally clinical experience counts.

But, the damage was done. The screw-up should have been caught by the reviewer, but was not.

Peter H. Proctor, PhD,MD

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