- Losing a little bit of hair is completely normal – the average person, male or female, will lose roughly 50 to 100 hairs per day.
- Somewhere around 30 million American women are affected by hereditary hair loss.
- Women make up 40% of all American hair loss sufferers, as well as about 1/3rd of our NeoGraft hair transplant patients.
- In quality-of-life studies, women experiencing hair loss reported far more instances of behaviour that interfered with their daily lives — including a significant loss of self-esteem, becoming more introverted, feeling less attractive, and having tense feelings in public places.
- The majority of cases of female pattern hair loss are either hereditary or due to a hormone shift after menopause.
Hair Loss Treatments For Women
What You Need To Know
About Hair Loss In Females
Hair Loss Statistics
Most people in our society today think that only men suffer from hair loss. However, thanks to heightened awareness through all forms of media as well as new studies, people are beginning to see that not just men lose their hair! Through research and social change, it has been found that hair loss in females is just as relevant and prevalent as male hair loss. In a 2001 study, The American Academy of Dermatology revealed that 50% of women show visible hair loss by the age of 50.
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Historically, women haven’t had as much support as men with hair loss. When women used to speak about their hair loss – if they did at all – they were usually overlooked and not given the same attention as men. But now that physicians, hair loss specialists, and others in the medical community are speaking out and recognizing the prevalence of female pattern hair loss, that silence is being broken. In fact, women can use the same NeoGraft hair restoration techniques as men to the same effect, getting their natural hair back and going back to normal daily activities after only a few days.
When a woman loses her hair, it can take a huge emotional toll on her. Society sets high standards of beauty for women, and physicians realize the psychological damage that female pattern hair loss can have.
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The Unspoken Truth
Of Female Hair Loss
Women’s Hair Loss can start as early as their twenties and, in some cases, even in the teens. Though the loss of hair can be attributed to genetics, as with men, the actual process of balding is different in women. While men typically have large bald spots in the middle of their scalp or a receding hairline, women’s hair usually thins at the top of the scalp, making certain hairstyles impossible.
The loss of hair in women can be attributed to several factors. Other than the hereditary components, stress plays a big role in contributing to female hair loss. The hormonal imbalances associated with pregnancy can also be a factor, particularly if the individual already has a genetic predisposition to hair loss. Menopause is one of the biggest triggers as well. Estrogen levels begin depleting around this stage of a woman’s development, which is one of the factors that causes hair to thin.
We here at The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic are dedicated to helping everyone that we can, male or female! Please contact us today so that we can have a consultation and figure out a game plan to restore your hair as well as your confidence.
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Women who are suffering from hair loss are in a category all to themselves. The emotional stress that can happen from hair loss in a woman can be devastating and can also be caused by numerous things. Pregnancy can actually lead to some hair loss, but this hair loss is reversible, and the hair will grow back.
Drug companies have obviously spent the most time and money researching medications that affect hair loss in men based on the fact that the majority of hair loss sufferers are male. But that doesn’t mean that there are not any treatments for hair loss in women. The effectiveness of each treatment will vary, and it is important to consult with a hair restoration specialist to prescribe what treatment will work the best for your individual hair loss.
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Female Hair Loss
This form of hair loss treatment has actually proven to be more effective in women than men. It comes in two concentrations, either 2% or 5%, and it is recommended by the makers of Rogaine that women use only the 2% form. However, the 5% concentration can be used as long as it can be monitored by the doctor who has prescribed it. Depending on the extent of the hair loss, the 5% form may be the best option because it will obviously have a much better hair growth result.
Finasteride (Propecia Or Proscar)
This medication works extremely well for men and has been shown to have good results in women too. Women are typically prescribed Proscar because it comes in a higher dose. The drug works by blocking the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that is responsible for the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is to blame for androgenic alopecia (female pattern hair loss). Some men (less than 10%) can experience side effects related to sexual libido and erectile dysfunction from taking Propecia, but women obviously won’t have these same side effects. Women who are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant should not take finasteride based on the possibility of having side effects on a male fetus.
Hormone replacement treatment (HRT) is typically prescribed during menopause, but can also be effective in treating androgenic alopecia or female pattern hair loss. The most common form of treatment is either progesterone pills or creams. HRT is used if the levels of estrogen or progesterone are lacking and are therefore contributing to the higher production of the DHT responsible for the hair loss.
Also called by its brand name Aldactone, spironolactone is commonly used as a water pill or diuretic. It works as an anti-androgen and has a 2-part effect. Primarily, it slows down androgen production in the ovaries and adrenal glands. Secondly, it blocks androgens like DHT from binding to its androgenetic receptor.
Birth Control Pills
Oral contraceptives decrease the production of androgens related to the ovaries and, therefore, can be a simple way to combat hair loss caused by androgenic alopecia. Make sure that you consult a doctor before using this form of treatment. Low androgen index pills are used to treat hair loss compared to high androgen index pills that may actually contribute to accelerated hair loss.