Hair Loss / Female Pattern Baldness

Female Pattern Baldness

Female Pattern Baldness

Female Pattern Baldness

Losing/shedding up to 100 strands a day is normal for women and there is nothing to worry about; because those fallen hair are generally replaced by new hair and the hair growth cycle tends to continue this way. But you need to check that your hair fall problem is limited to this extent only or it is something beyond that!

Generally people think that baldness occurs more in case of men; but the considerable percentage of women is also among the hair loss/baldness sufferers. Approximately 40% of women are suffering from hair loss by the time they are age 40. It is considered that women hair loss or baldness can be serious life altering which can no longer be overlooked. It can make destructive impact on emotional well-being and self-confidence of women.

What causes Female Pattern Baldness?

According to the normal growth cycle, each hair grows for 2 to 6 years, then rests and finally falls out. The new hair soon begins growing in that place and if new hairline does not grow as per the requirements, then the female pattern baldness occurs. Women are less prone to complete baldness; but as a result of hair thinning, the density/volume of their hair gets extremely affected.

There are multiple reasons available that can contribute in the female hair loss or baldness:

  • Aging
  • Changes in the levels of hormones due to reaching menopause, pregnancy
  • Genetics/Previous baldness history in family
  • Certain skin diseases, autoimmune diseases, major illness, surgery
  • Deficiency of Iron, vitamin B (biotin) or other vitamins
  • Hair shaft abnormalities that are present since birth
  • Excessive usage of hair straightening products or use of some cosmetic hair products enriched with high chemicals, such as hair gels, sprays etc.
  • Conditions like patchy hair loss (alopecia areata)
  • Medications in case of Cancer such as chemotherapy and beta blockers

How it can be diagnosed & treated?

If you are losing more hair than usual and they are not growing back, then it is definitely a matter of concern. You can visit to an experienced doctor or dermatologist and discuss about your hair thinning/hair loss problem. The doctor will examine your pattern of hair loss and he may perform a blood test to identify the causes that are affecting your hair growth.

You can prevent female pattern baldness with early diagnosis. The right medications will potentially minimize/stop future hair loss and the appropriate hair growth treatment plan will help you to re-grow your lost hair.