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A 23-year-old female asked:

can prenatal vitamins help with hair loss in women who have never been pregnant? if not, which vitamins help?

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Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
None: Unless you have a specifically identified vitamin deficiency (which is relatlvely uncommon in a country like the us) and that vitamin deficiency is linked to hair loss, don't bother with any vitamin supplementation. It's expensive and a recent study shows it may be harmful.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Agree. But What about prenatal vitamin and mineral supplementation that seems to be universally prescribed in the USA? Hair loss may be due to many factors and the patient should see her doctor about the hair loss to see if there is a problem e.g. thyroid hormone deficiency etc.
Dec 3, 2011
Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Provided original answer
Agree with everything you say. There is very little or no evidence that, apart from the folic acid and perhaps the DHA in a prenatal, the vitamin does any good at all for a developing fetus. If anything, it may help the mother who is being, literally, parasitized, but even that's doubtful if she's eating a well-balanced diet.
Dec 3, 2011
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Iron: Iron decency can contribute to hair loss. In addition to other blood tests iron and iron binding capacity should be measured in menstruating women. If low, iron replacement can help slow or stop hair loss.

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