Can You Use Rogaine While Pregnant?

The safety of Rogaine use during pregnancy hasn’t been conclusively established. Some animal studies have shown adverse effects, but the results don’t always apply directly to humans.

Most medications get a pregnancy safety rating from the FDA and Rogaine is categorized as Category C. What does this mean?

Well, category C implies that the medication has not been studied adequately in pregnant humans, but animal studies have indicated some risks.

If you’re rocking a baby bump or planning to, and using Rogaine, or planning to use it, then you should reconsider your decision.

It is not safe to use rogaine while pregnant as it has been associated with low conception rate and decreased live births.

Reach out to your doctor to discuss all your options. Let’s talk about hair loss treatments generally in pregnancy:

Is hair loss treatment safe during pregnancy?

The safety of hair loss treatments can vary widely among pregnant women depending on the particular treatment in question.

You know, pregnancy is a time of hormonal changes, and you’d want to treat carefully when introducing new medications or treatments into your routine.

For instance, minoxidil (rogaine) and finasteride(propecia) are common medications for treating hair loss – but they come with caveats.

Minoxidil is generally not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Finasteride is even more of a no-go as it is not approved for use by women and can cause birth defects in male foetuses.

So what can you do? Natural, non-chemical options might be your safest bet during this period.

Think along the lines of a balanced diet, gentle hair care products, and avoiding tight hairstyles that pull at the scalp. These are low-risk and generally safe for everyone involved—you and the bun in the oven.

But hey, if you’re noticing hair loss during pregnancy, it might be a temporary phase. Many women experience changes in hair texture and growth during pregnancy, and things usually gets back to normalcy postpartum.

To get down to the nitty-gritty, if you’re pregnant and worried about hair loss, talk to your doctor. They can provide advice that tailors your individual health needs and the wellness of your little one.

Can you use rogaine while trying to get pregnant?

While rogaine is applied topically and primarily acts locally on the scalp, it’s not really clear how much is absorbed which can potentially affect a developing foetus.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’re not just considering your own health, but the wellness of a future little one too.

And that makes it necessary to be cautious on your application of rogaine, and reduce it drastically – just twice a week should sit fine.

Don’t neglect your doctor’s advise at this time too, get talking to him or her. They can give you the lowdown on the safest course of action that tailors your situation.

If it’s necessary to discontinue, he’ll inform you then you do the needful.

Can my husband use rogaine while I’m pregnant?

If your husband is considering rogaine while you’re pregnant, it is generaly considered safe for him to do so. Rogaine is applied to the scalp, and its effects are mostly localized.

However, you may want to be cautious with direct contact with the area where the Rogaine is applied. The concern here isn’t so much about him using it, but rather about you or your unborn child being exposed to the medication indirectly.

For instance, make sure he washes his hands thoroughly after applying it, and perhaps avoid touching his scalp where the product has been applied.

Some people go the extra mile by using separate pillows or avoiding immediate contact until the medication has fully dried

So, while the spotlight is usually on you, the mom-to-be when it comes to medication safety in pregnancy, it’s good idea for partners to be in the loop as well.

When to stop minoxidil before pregnancy

The timing for when to stop rogaine or minoxidil before pregnancy isn’t universally agreed upon and could vary based on factors like overall health, medical history and other specific circumstances.

While some experts suggest that you stop right away when you decide on conceiving, others advise that reducing the amounts you use should still sit fine with you.

But this decision should solely be arrived with the help of your healthcare professional who knows your health condition better.

What can I take for hair growth while pregnant?

Pregnancy brings a lot of hormonal changes that can impact your hair in various ways. Some women find their hair becoming thicker and more lush, and unfortunately for others they may experience thinning or shedding.

Here are some general tips for promoting hair growth:

  • Eating balanced diet that’s rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins like biotin and E vitamin can support hair growth.
  • Prenatal vitamins during pregnancy often contains nutrients that ra every good for the hair, like folic acid and iron. So if you’re already on it, then let’s give in some more time. 
  • Gentle hair care: you can also use mild shampoo and conditioners designed for your hair type. I wouldn’t encourage harsh treatments like hair dyes, perms or straighteners. But if you still need to use them check with your doctor first.
  • Natural remedies for natural oils like coconut and castor oil are generally considered safe during pregnancy, and can be used too.
  • Avoid tight hairstyles: hair pulled back tightly in ponytails or braids can cause stress on hair follicles and potentially cause hair loss so be sure to loosen them.
  • Avoid stress: easier said than done – I’m aware but when you’re expecting, high stress levels can negatively impact your health,  even including hair growth.

It’s tempting to look for quick fixes when you’re concerned about hair loss, but the most reliable course of action is to use natural means and talk to your doctor if you’re unsure.

Can you use rogaine while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding moms should not use rogaine as a significant amount of minoxidil can be absorbed through the skin and potentially end up in their bloodstream and breast milk.

This may result in some long term effects on the baby. So to err on the safer side, don’t use rogaine postpartum. If you’re done breastfeeding, then you can go ahead.


In conclusion, the use of Rogaine (minoxidil) by pregnant women is a complex and nuanced decision.

While it’s applied topically and primarily acts locally on the scalp, its safety during pregnancy hasn’t been definitively established.

The FDA classifies it as a pregnancy category C drug, indicating potential risks based on animal studies, but with limited human data.

I personally wouldn’t recommend its use in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Remember, your healthcare provider is your trusted partner in ensuring a healthy pregnancy journey.

So don’t hesitate to talk with him because he can assess your specific health situation, weigh the potential risks and benefits and provide the right advice.


Georgina Austin

Georgina Austin

Georgina is a certified midwife, a seasoned writer and a mother of twins - Noel and Noelle. She brings to this blog eleven years of experience in maternity support, coupled with her personal motherhood adventures to give you factual information on women's health.

Aside writing on pregnancy and breastfeeding, she writes on sexual health concerns, birth control guides, egg donation, sibling dynamics, and balancing the demands of multiple children.