What is Female Pattern Baldness?
Female Pattern baldness or Androgenetic alopecia is the hair loss that occurs in women. Though it is similar to male pattern baldness however the pattern differs than that occurs in men.
Hair loss is common in women as they age. Nearly two-thirds of women experience hair fall post-menopause. However, less than half a group of women will have a past age 65 with a head full of hair.
Female pattern baldness is hereditary. It usually occurs due to the hormonal changes that happen after menopause. If you notice that you’re facing hair loss problems, you need to see a doctor or hair transplant surgeon. They will check the condition and determine whether you’re experiencing female pattern baldness stages or any other type of hair loss.
Causes of Female Pattern Baldness:-
Apart from genetics, hormones too play an important role in both male and female pattern baldness. In men, androgen cause damage to the hair follicles and in women increases the risk of female pattern baldness. However, in normal condition, the negative action of androgen is suppressed in women. With the fluctuations of hormones, androgen can become dominant and trigger pattern baldness in females. As a result, women show hair thinning post-menopause when estrogen level drops gradually. The androgen receptors in female frontal hair follicles is 40% less than in the male follicles. This is why female pattern baldness does not occur in the front region.
The condition may get triggered due to various reasons such as mental stress, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, certain medications, use of contraceptive drugs and any gynaecological ailments.
Treatment for Female Pattern Baldness:-
Female pattern baldness in the 20s can be camouflaged by adopting a new hairstyle. However, as you age the problem occurs if you have too much thinning at the top of your scalp.
Early diagnosis helps in getting the effective female pattern baldness treatment and reduces further hair loss. A treatment plan usually consists of one or more medications prescribed to treat hair loss.
Minoxidil is the drug which is approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female pattern baldness. It is available in 2% or 5% formulas.
For good results, apply minoxidil to your scalp every day. This medication won’t fully restore all the hair on your scalp but helps in bringing back a significant amount of hair which gives your scalp an overall thicker appearance.
The results will take some time to appear and during this period you need to keep using minoxidil to maintain the effect otherwise it will stop working. If at all it stops working, your hair may return to its previous appearance.
Finasteride and dutasteride:-
Finasteride (Propecia) and dutasteride (Avodart) are FDA-approved medications to treat hair loss in men. Though these are not approved for women some doctors recommend it for female pattern baldness.
Studies are carried on to check whether these drugs work in women and some research has shown that they do help in regrowing hair in female pattern baldness.
Some of the side effects include headaches, hot flashes, and low sex drive, especially during the first year of use. It is highly recommended to avoid these types of drugs when you’re pregnant as it can increase the risk of birth defects.
Hair loss due to iron deficiency can be prevented by taking an iron supplement. Also, there are other supplements available such as biotin and folic acid which can promote to thicken hair.
Study shows that women develop thick hair after taking omega-3 fatty acids. However, it’s good to consult a doctor before taking any supplements to re-grow hair.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is also beneficial for hair loss. The therapy involves taking your blood, spinning it down, and then injecting your own platelets back on your scalp to stimulate hair growth.
Hair transplant for female pattern baldness is a viable solution. During this procedure, your doctor removes a thin strip of hair from your scalp and implants it to the hair loss area which regrows like your natural hair.
Prevention from Female Pattern Baldness:-
Female pattern baldness is genetic in most cases so it is not always preventable. However, there are some steps which women can take to keep their tresses healthy to prevent damage and breakage.
Following hair care tips can easily be followed:
- Avoid the treatments that can lead to hair damage such as perming, straightening, and hair extensions.
- Eat a protein-rich highly nutritious diet including essential vitamins, and iron.
- Cover the hair to protect it from sun damage
- Do comb the hair gently and avoid brushing when it is wet and fragile. Use a comb or the fingers instead.
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Our high-quality facilities and modern infrastructure have offered successful hair transplant from people all around the world. Stop worrying about your hair loss, come to Artius hair transplant clinic in Mumbai for good results.