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About Hair Loss, Female Pattern Baldness

Hair Loss, Female Pattern Baldness

Hair Loss, Female Pattern Baldness

Female pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is hair loss that affects women. It’s similar to male pattern baldness, except that women can lose their hair in a different pattern than men.

Hair loss in women is usual, especially as you age. Up to two-thirds of women experience hair loss after menopause. Less than half of women will make it past age 65 with a full head of hair.

Female pattern baldness is hereditary. It’s more ordinary after menopause, so hormones are likely responsible. If you notice that you’re losing hair, see your doctor or a dermatologist. They will be capable to determine if you’re experiencing female pattern baldness or another type of hair loss.

Female pattern baldness and the genetic link

Genetics show to be a significant factor in developing female pattern baldness, which means it runs in families. Women can inherit the gene for pattern baldness from either parent.

Female pattern baldness tends to be more common as a woman ages and reaches midlife, although it can begin earlier.

Other causes of hair loss

Other causes of hair loss

Female pattern baldness is largely thought to happen due to genetics. However, it may also develop due to an underlying situation that affects the production of the hormone androgen.

Androgen is a hormone that plays a role in pattern baldness. Tumors of the pituitary gland or ovary, which secrete androgen, may also lead to hair loss.

Treatment

Treatment

The type of treatment recommended will depend on the extent of the hair loss, in addition to other factors.

Treatment for female pattern baldness can help prevent future hair loss and may result in regrowth of some hair. In most cases, long-term treatment is needed to prevent hair loss from recurring.

  • Minoxidil
  • Oral medication
  • Hair transplant
  • Laser treatment