Approximately 20 million women suffer from hair loss. The primary cause is genetic or female androgenetic alopecia. Similar in some aspects to men’s hair loss, women rarely will lose their hairlines or progress to complete baldness in any given area. Multiple other reasons exist and it is recommended for women to consult a physician specializing in hair loss to provide the most accurate diagnosis. A partial list of other causes of female hair loss is as follows:
- Telogen Effluvium
- Alopecia Areata
- Scarring Alopecia
- Traction Alopecia
- Triangular Alopecia
- Loose Anagen Syndrome
Medical conditions involving the thyroid, ovaries, and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and menopause are often associated with hair loss as well.
Once the correct diagnosis is made, often successful treatment options are available. Many women are excellent candidates for hair transplantation; low level laser hair therapy and Minoxidil have proven successful in female androgenetic alopecia and correction of the underlying cause often improves existing hair loss. Again, consult a hair loss specialist for your best options.