Causes of Hair Loss in Women

POSTED: 13 August 2013

For many, when they often think of hair loss, they often associate this with men and being a common insecurity of men all over the world.


But this is not the case, although it does affect a large proportion of men, there are women who are affected by hair loss, and if they don’t take measures to stop it, they may be facing thinner hair with age. For women it may be far more serious, as men can be faced with shaving their hair, to deal with this issue, whereas for certain women, this would not be appropriate and so dealing with hair loss may have a greater impact.


Let’s go over how hair loss can be different in women than men and what you can do to treat and manage it.


The Difference between Men And Women


First we need to address how hair loss can be different between men and women. While with men, hair loss is typically permanent, with women, it can be temporary or permanent.
For females, hair loss can often result due to pregnancy or moving through the menopausal period, so if these are at play in your life, don’t be too alarmed if you find yourself losing some hair.
Another area where hair loss differs between the genders, for men, hair loss is most often seen in certain patterns such as the well-known receding hair line. With women however, hair loss can come from various areas of the head and take hardly no particular pattern at all.


In addition to the changing hormone levels seen throughout pregnancy and menopause, some of the other reasons women can experience hair loss is due to excess stress, hypothyroid conditions, as well as anemia, so those should all be checked out to see if they may be at play causing the issue.


Blood tests are often all that’s needed to see if this could be an underlying cause.


Treatments


When it comes to treatments available for female hair loss, there aren’t a lot of proven options out there, so the most common route is the use of contraceptive pills to normalize hormone levels or using  hormonal patches to accomplish the same task. Some medications have also come out to help treat female hair loss such as fenasteride and DHT, so that is another option for some women.


Finally, hair transplant surgery is an alternative if the hair loss that’s being seen is more permanent and severe, however it’s important to realize that the hair will have to be shorter to undergo this procedure, so females will need to be willing to part ways with their long hair if that is the style they’re currently wearing.


However you look at it, it’s important to be aware that female hair loss does exist so that you can watch out for it and take action should it start to occur. It’s not a problem that’s not treatable, so take comfort in knowing that there are ways to ensure you maintain your full head of hair.

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