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Female hair loss

When you talk about hair loss due to aging or genetics, most treatments are focused on the thinning hair or receding hairlines that affect a large number of men. What many people fail to realize is that women also suffer from pattern hair loss – also known as androgenetic alopecia – and in fact, it affects almost 60 percent of women by the time they reach menopause.

What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

Most women probably notice that they shed a fair amount of hair daily, which is a normal occurrence – most people tend to lose an average of about 50-100 hairs each day. For women, other factors also contribute to more-than-normal hair loss during their lifetime, including:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Skin Conditions
  • Anemia
  • Vitamin/Mineral Deficienceies

What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

Similar to male pattern baldness, female pattern hair loss is a hereditary condition. And, just like male pattern baldness, female pattern hair loss is also thought to be connected to your hormones, as it typically happens around the time that a woman begins menopause. The fundamental difference between the two conditions is the actual pattern of the hair loss. In men suffering from male pattern baldness, the hair loss begins at the front of their head, causing their hairline to recede gradually. In women, their hair starts thinning along the natural part of their hair, as well as at the temples. Unlike men, women are much less likely to lose all of their hair. Instead, they will experience a loss in thickness and volume.

If you notice that your hair is beginning to thin in certain areas, or that you’re shedding more than usual, you may want to talk to a doctor. They can examine you and run the tests necessary to determine if you have female pattern baldness, or if your hair loss is due to other issues.

How to Prevent Hair Loss

While female pattern hair loss is an unavoidable genetic issue, it is possible to protect your hair and prevent further breakage or damage by:

  • Avoiding harsh chemical treatments (perms or harsh color treatments)
  • Avoiding hairstyles that tightly pull the hair (like tight ponytails or braids)>
  • Reducing (or eliminating) the use of heat styling tools
  • Protecting your hair and scalp from the sun
  • Asking your doctor if any of your medications affect hair loss
  • Avoiding smoking, which dries out your hair and damages the follicles
  • Eating enough iron and nutrient-rich foods to promote healthy hair

Though female pattern baldness is a progressive condition, it is possible to restore and rejuvenate the hair in the affected areas with natural, beautiful results.

At Cosmetic Gynecology and Aesthetics, our practitioners understand that female hair loss is something that can be embarrassing and even difficult to seek treatment for. We offer nonsurgical options for treating hair loss in women, from topical solutions, like MONAT hair care products, to platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP).

Whatever your needs, our staff is committed to providing the most effective treatment to leave you with the superior results you desire. If thinning hair is causing loss of confidence or self-esteem, we can help. Call our office today at 904-384-8023 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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