Female Pattern Hair Loss
Are You Suffering from Female Pattern Hair Loss…
Female pattern hair loss, will it make a woman totally bald?
To answer this question, you need to ask yourself, “When was the last time I saw a bald woman?”
You most probably can’t remember or have not seen one. Women may suffer hair loss but they do not bald like men. Male hair loss is usually hereditary and the effect of testosterone levels. Their hair drops gradually and the hairline recedes till the bald patches are quite large and visible.
Hair loss in females is usually temporary and due to some underlying condition. Once this condition is remedied, their hair will grow back and any hair that was lost will usually be replaced.
Female hair loss is transient by nature but it should not be ignored. In most cases, hair loss in women is due to hormonal problems. Due attention must be given to address the problem. If left untreated, a woman can and may go bald.
This may contradict what was said earlier. However, the point is the hair loss can be avoided by treating the hormonal issues. The problem can be solved if it is not neglected. With men, even with care and treatment, in most cases, the balding will still take place, albeit at a slower rate.
One of the most common causes of hair loss in women is pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, her hair may go into resting phase for 2 or 3 months. During this time, she may notice her hair thinning out or even bald patches slowly showing up.
This is nothing to be alarmed about because after 3 months or so, the hair will start growing and the problem will resolve itself.
Severe emotional stress can also be a factor for hair loss in women. The passing of a loved one, a divorce, financial problems, etc. can stress a woman out emotionally and mentally. This will usually result in some hair loss.
Not all women react this way to stress, but many do. Stress relief techniques such as meditation, yoga, counselling, etc. can be used to ease their stress and bring about some relief to their inner turmoil. Once they have calmed down and have a grasp of their life, the hair will grow back.
Certain health issues such as PCOS, hyperthyroidism, etc. can have hair loss as a symptom. In some cases, medication for certain diseases is so strong that hair loss can be a side effect. In cases like these, the woman may speak to her doctor to find alternative medication that doesn’t cause hair loss.
Whatever the case may be, once she goes off the medication, the situation will go back to normal and she’ll slowly grow back whatever hair was shed during the period of medication.
The most common cause of hair loss is low thyroid function, which is common among menopausal women.
Other causes include, but are not limited to: changes in hormone levels, increased testosterone, increased stress, which can either be physical stress, or emotional stress, various medications, scalp/dermatological issues and heredity.
The exact cause of hair loss can be difficult to determine because the hair may drop due to some events that took place 3 months ago. There is usually a delayed response. That makes it difficult to narrow down and pinpoint the exact cause. Most people can’t even remember what they had for dinner 3 months ago.
You will need to think back and see if you were on any medication or had any problems a few months earlier. Any traumatic events? Did you change your shampoo? Bleached your hair or straightened it?
All these can have an effect on your current hair loss.
Women can use temporary methods to hide their hair loss until their hair is in a growth phase.
They may use wigs, hair weaves, hair transplants, cosmetic hair treatments and hair loss therapy. There are also drugs such as Aminexil, Alopesan 400, Maxilène, Minoxidil, Rogain and Finasteride that have been proven and approved.
Hair loss in women can be embarrassing. However, take heart. It’s almost always temporary. Find out what is causing your hair to drop and fix the problem. Your hair will grow back on its own just like it always has.