Female Pattern Hair Loss
Like men, women too face hair loss issues, it is mostly hormone related. There are treatments available but the options are limited. Here we will discuss in depth the nature of the issues and the ways to treat or avoid it.
What is it ?
Female pattern hair loss is also called female pattern alopecia. Hair related issues affect 20% of the global female population, age range is from teens to adults in their 40’s and 50’s. In this case, hair becomes thin in the crown region, women dont go bald like men do but the thinning gives an appearance of a bare head. Women maintain their hair line but it looks uneven. There are treatments available based on the nature of issue.
What Causes Female Alopecia?
An average person grows hair constantly for 4 to 6 years, then the hair stays before it is replaced. New hair grows to replace the old one, but sometimes there is a problem that stops new hair from growing.
We dont have an exact answer to why it happens but heredity and genes play a key role. Hormone imbalance, emotional distress or traumatic incidents contribute to hair issues.
Hormone activity involves pregnancies, child birth, birth control pills and menopause. Other factors include
- Medicines, antidepressants, blood thinners and others.
- Radiation, chemotherapy and cancer medicines.
- Thyroid and metabolism issues.
- Eating disorders, vitamin and mineral deficiency and poor diet.
- Improper hygiene and hair care.
Hair loss is also an indication of disease and/or some underlying problem. Most commonly it is lupus or diabetes. Doctors will write a blood test in order to determine the cause.
Remedies and Treatments
There are some cases that dont need treatment. During pregnancies and after child birth. The temporary balding or hair thinning will continue for a few months after which the hair will go back to normal.
Other cases need medicine to resolve the issue and treat the problem. Thyroid problems and hair loss is related. If hair loss is because of some specific medicine or treatment then your doctor will suggest an alternative. Those who have hair loss because of chemotherapy and radiation will have to wait. The hair falls because the body limits the dispense of energy to temporarily needless growths. Once your sessions are complete, your hair will grow back again.
While treatment is not always necessary but some still insist on pursuing it. Mostly about appearance concerns as hair is one of the most obvious feature of your appearance. Minoxidil based treatments approved by FDA (Food and Drug Admin) of US is the only medically approved treatment for hair loss and thinning in men and women. Many who used it have given positive feedback on the effectiveness of the treatment.
There is always the option of hair transplant that will also work for women with thinning hair. It is basically the removal of some hair from a denser portion of the head. Then comes the surgical implantation of the follicles one by one to complete the missing patch. If done right by an experienced surgeon, the results will be good. However it is to be noted that the procedure is quiet expensive, depending on how good your doctor is, not to mention painful.
Something to consider, not everything is 100% effective or safe. We advise taking precaution and not fall for ads that talk about chemical and laser treatments as their effectiveness is questionable. There is a variety to choose from but not everything works for everybody. We recommend taking a professional opinion from your doctor because they understand our condition better than us.
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