Can saw palmetto really help combat female hair thinning? If so what are the side effects if I don't continue use?

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Saw palmetto for FPHL - Is it helpful?

There is no evidence that Saw palmetto will benefit female androgenetic alopecia. I have not been convinced patients achieve benefit who have used it. I do not use it in my practice. 


Vancouver Dermatologist

Female hair loss

Saw palmetto is an OTC medication with properties reported to mildly block DHT.  There is no evidence that saw palmetto will help a typical female patterned hair loss.  It can help women who suffer from male patterned baldness due to excess testosterone in their bodies.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Understanding Hair loss and treatment options: prp and progesterone

There is no medical evidence that saw palmetto improves hair growth or stops hair loss. I suggest seeing a hair loss expert to evaluate and go over your condition and provide you information about your best treatment options. There are great non-invasive options like PRP/progesterone and/or hair transplantation. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Saw Palmetto

This drug will have little effect on female hair loss, even male hair loss as it has a very weak DHT blocker. IF you are thinking about getting pregnant, stay away from this drug

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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