Many women experience hair loss at some time in their lives. Majorly severe hair loss is seen among postmenopausal women, around two-thirds of women suffer hair thinning or bald spots, which is of serious concern. Hair loss in women often has a greater impact than hair loss does in men because it can severely affect a woman’s emotional well-being and quality of life.
Female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. Usually, for men, hair loss begins above the temples, and a visible receding hairline eventually forms a characteristic-like “M” shape, hair thinning starts at the top of the head and often progresses into baldness. Whereas In women, androgenetic alopecia begins with gradual overall thinning of hair.
What Causes Baldness in Females?
There are a wide number of potential causes for hair loss in women, including medical conditions, certain medications, and physical or emotional stress. The primary causes of female pattern baldness include a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. Women who have a family history of hair loss are more likely to develop the condition. Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during menopause, can also contribute to hair loss in women.
In addition, certain medical conditions and medications can cause hair loss. For example, women who have thyroid problems, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or autoimmune diseases may experience hair thinning or baldness. Chemotherapy sessions and radiation therapies for cancer treatment can also cause hair loss.
Symptoms of Female Pattern Baldness
The most common symptom of female pattern baldness is hair thinning on the top and crown of the scalp. One may start to notice more than usual strands of hair in the comb, on the pillow or in the shower drain. symptoms include overall thinning of hair and widening of the hair partition in a Christmas tree-like pattern. It is the most distinctive symptom of female pattern baldness.
Diagnosing Female Pattern Baldness
If you’re concerned about hair loss, it’s important to see a doctor or dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. They will typically examine the scalp and hair, and may order for few blood tests or a scalp biopsy to rule out other conditions that can cause hair loss.
Female Pattern Baldness – Treatment Options
There are several treatments available for female pattern baldness, including topical medications, oral medications, and hair transplantation surgery.
Minoxidil, a topical medication, is the only FDA-approved treatment for female pattern baldness. This Minoxidil solution or foam based works by increasing blood flow to the scalp and stimulating hair growth. Should be used on a regular basis for better results.
Ketoconazole shampoo, Procapil Hair Serum & Shampoo, and Hair products with Peptides may help in reducing hair loss.
Oral medications, such as finasteride may also be prescribed in some cases where women have attained menopause or have completed the family. Others include hormonal therapy, nutritional supplements etc.
Hair transplantation surgery is another option for women with advanced hair loss. During this hair transplantation procedure, hair follicles are extracted from a donor area and transplanted to the balding area. This can be one of the effective options for women who have not responded to other treatments.
PRP Therapy is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) prepared from a person’s own blood, injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth. This process involves drawing your blood, centrifugation, and injecting the Platelet-Rich Plasma into the areas of hair loss.
Author: Dr. Archana SA