Women Hair Loss Guide : Causes And Treatments That Work

For women hair loss can be an emotive subject. Although society widely acknowledges hair loss amongst men, hair loss amongst women is less widely understood. Nonetheless a significant proportion of women experience hair loss, particularly amongst the over forty age group. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 30 million women in the US alone experience hair loss every year.

Whilst male hair loss is usually a combination of age mixed with a genetic tendency to hair loss, in women hair loss can occur at any age. Whilst men may be more accepting of hair loss as they get older, for women it can be a distressing condition at whatever age it occurs.

One of the main differences in hair loss between men and women is that men and women lose hair in completely different ways. Male pattern baldness tends to occur with hair being lost in certain parts of the head and not in others. For women however hair loss tends to manifest as a general thinning all over the head.

Unlike men, hair loss in women is something that should always be investigated by a doctor to rule out any underlying medical condition.


Women Hair Loss Guide

For Women hair loss can be traumatic
For Women hair loss can be traumatic

For Women: Hair Loss Causes

For women hair loss causes are more than simply an issue of hormones, although hormones may be involved. The first type of hair loss in women is known as Androgenic alopecia. This type of hair loss is caused where the individual concerned is particularly sensitive to hormones in the body known as androgens. This sensitivity over time means that it causes thinning of the hair shaft and interrupts the hairs natural growth cycle.


A common cause of hair loss in women is polycystic ovary syndrome. Many women are actually unaware that they have this condition and hair loss can be the first sign of it that manifests. As this is a condition that can affect female fertility hair loss in women should be a symptom that is checked with a GP.

Alopecia Areata is a condition caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out in clumps and patches. The bodies own immune system attacks the hair follicles causing clumps of hair to fall out. This is an inflammatory condition that is often less pronounced than other types of hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium is a condition whereby the body temporarily sheds hair in response to a shock or other change in the body. This is the type of hair loss that occurs after childbirthpregnancy and crash dieting and is normally temporary and reversible. There is no treatment for this type of hair loss and it usually resolves itself spontaneously once the body's normal functioning is resumed.

For women, anemiamedications and a host of other issues can also cause hair loss. This is why it is important for women with a hair loss problem to seek the advice of their doctor. A GP's first consideration will be to rule out a physical cause for the hair loss to try and work out whether there is a need for further treatment. In many cases for women no treatment will be needed as the hair loss will simply resolve itself.


Treatment For Hair Loss

For women hair loss treatments are not as straightforward as for men. Many women actually require no treatment at all as the cause for their hair loss is one that will resolve by itself. Examples of this would be hair loss during pregnancy, following childbirth and after crash dieting or illness.

Treatment in women is also complicated because treatments that come in the form of pills can affect the whole of a woman's body and not just her hair. Many doctors do not wish to prescribe a treatment that may alter the hormone levels within a woman's body.

One type of treatment that is available for women is Rogaine. This is actually the drug minoxidil which in the US has only been approved for women at the strength of 2%. The good thing about topical minoxidil is that at a 2% strength it is thought to be unlikely that it will have much absorption into the body and thus not affect other hormones within the body.

Some studies have shown that 5% minoxidil as is currently available for male pattern baldness is actually more successful for treatment in women. However in the US this is currently unlicensed and should only ever be used under close supervision of a medical practitioner due to the possibility of interference with other androgens in the body. Nonetheless almost 60% of women report some improvement in their hair loss when treated with a minoxidil 2% treatment such as Rogaine.

Although Rogaine is the most popular brand of minoxidil there are numerous other brands available through Amazon.com.

As well as minoxidil treatments there are also other treatments available through GPs for women hair loss patients including various hormone treatments for those going through menopause for example. These kind of treatments are however only available on prescription from a doctor unlike minoxidil which is widely available over the counter.

Whatever your hair loss problem, if minoxidil treatment is not successful you should seek the advice of your health care provider to see whether other treatments may be suitable for the type of hair loss that you have.


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Women'sHairLoss 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Good information, good mix of media.

You may also want to check out my hubs related to hair transplants for women.

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