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Female Hair Loss

Female Hair Loss

Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. But with about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn’t cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair. Hair loss can appear in many different ways. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, while others are permanent. As people age, hair tends to gradually thin. Other causes of hair loss include hormonal factors, medical conditions (Thyroid disease, Ferritin & Vit B12 deficiencies) and medications.
Gradual thinning on top of head (Pattern Hair Loss): This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting both men and women.
Sudden loosening of hair (Telogen Effluvium): A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.


Female Pattern Baldness

Female pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in women. A few women present with male pattern hair loss because they have excessive levels of androgens as well as genetic predisposition. These women tend also to suffer from acne, irregular menses and excessive facial and body hair. These symptoms are characteristic of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) although the majority of women with PCOS do not experience hair loss. Females that are losing their hair with age are more likely to present with female pattern hair loss, in which hormone tests are normal. Treatment options available are:

Medications & topical solutions
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Hair Transplant

The only medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female pattern baldness is minoxidil. For women, the 2% concentration is recommended. In most women, it may slow or stop hair loss. You must continue to use this medicine for a long time. Hair loss starts again when you stop using it. Other medicines include spironolactone, cimetidine, birth control pills, ketoconazole, peptides, stemoxydine can be used depending on the need.


Also see

Hair Transplant

Male Pattern Baldness