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Baldness in Females

Posted on September 28, 2018

It is a common misconception that only males have the ability to go bald. While it seems to be more common for the male to experience baldness, it happens in females as well. It is actually much more common than we think.

It is normal for a woman to shed a few hairs throughout the day, but if it seems she is shedding more than a hundred a day a professional should be consulted. If the hair appears to be thinning, or bald patches are forming, it may be attributed to female pattern baldness.

What is female pattern baldness?

Female pattern baldness, like male pattern baldness, is medically called androgenetic alopecia. It is not as widespread in women as it is with men, and appears differently. Men typically develop bald spots and a receding hairline, while women typically have thinning hair, that affects the volume and overall appearance.

What are the first signs of female pattern baldness?

The first sign of female pattern baldness is the feeling of the hair becoming thinner. While the scalp may be visible, the hairline does not recede as it does with men. Hair loss in women is not as common as hair loss in men, but it still happens often. Female pattern baldness increases with age, in fact, less than fifty percent of women have a full head of hair for their entire life.

What are the causes of female pattern baldness?

Genetics seems to be a leading cause of female pattern baldness, but the following can also cause it: Autoimmune Disease. The immune system attacks the hair follicles. This is called Alopecia Areata. Illnesses. If one develops a severe infection, fever, or has a surgical procedure, hair loss can occur. Medications. Some medications, including cancer treatment medications, can cause hair loss. Once the medication is stopped, hair typically begins to regrow. Traction Alopecia. If a person wears hats frequently, the pulling of the hair results in hair loss.

How do you treat it?

There are different treatment options available for those that have female pattern baldness. The treatment depends on the condition, how severe it is, and the individual being treated. Scalp treatments, oral medications, laser treatments, and hair transplants are all options for those experiencing the condition. If you believe that you may have female pattern baldness symptoms, it is best to consult a medical professional and start treatment right away if it is determined to be necessary.

Although female pattern baldness is not completely preventable, the below tips can help mitigate hair loss:

  • Limit perm treatments.
  • Don’t straighten the hair often.
  • Don’t dye the hair often.
  • Eat a lot of protein.
  • Take vitamins, especially iron.
  • Wear a hat when going out in the sun to prevent sun damage.
  • Don’t brush the hair when it is wet. Using your fingers or a comb will do the trick!

Female pattern baldness can cause great stress for the person affected and can hinder their self-confidence. Early diagnosis and treatment of the issue can help to prevent further hair loss and help to regrow lost hair. The effectiveness of treatment will depend on the treatment type and the amount of hair loss previously experienced.


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