Trichologist Explains Women’s Hair Loss Causes and Treatments
Female Hair Loss: The Emotional Toll
Men and women’s hair loss causes are often the same. However, stress, autoimmune and chemical damage—not genetics—play a larger role in hair loss in women.
The other main difference in male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness (Androgenic Alopecia) is the difference in the pattern of thinning. The male traditionally loses hair beginning at the hairline and receding along the top of the head to the back of the scalp, leaving hair on the sides and back of the head.
Genetically related balding in women (Androgenic Alopecia) is actually more of a thinning, especially around the forehead and scalp. Women may also experience thinning in various areas from the front hairline to the crown of the head, thus making it difficult to spot female baldness.
Because estrogen blocks the hormone that causes hair loss, the onset of menopause is when 37% of women experience an increase in thinning hair. In fact, 80- and 90-year-old women often see hair growth stop completely.
Other Female Hair Loss Causes
There are two different types of hair loss, medically known as anagen effluvium and Telogen effluvium. Anagen effluvium is generally due to internally administered medications, such as chemotherapy agents, that poison the growing hair follicle. Telogen effluvium, is due to an increased number of hair follicles entering the resting stage.
The most common women’s hair loss causes of Telogen Effluvium are:
Physical stress: surgery, illness, anemia, rapid weight change.
Emotional stress: mental illness, death of a family member.
Medications: High doses of Vitamin A, Blood pressure and Gout medications.
Hormonal causes: pregnancy, birth control pills, menopause.
When the above causes of telogen effluvium are reversed or altered you should see the return of normal hair growth.
Emotional Impact of Women with Hair Loss
Unfortunately, the impact of female hair loss is more significant in women than in men. Because hair loss in men is more socially visible, it is socially accepted—even expected—to see balding men. This is not the case with women, since hair almost always defines a woman’s look, pubic image and generally how she presents herself to others.
Women typically place a greater amount of pride on their appearance—especially their hair style. Studies have shown that women view hair loss as devastating. Their self-confidence is lower, thus affecting personal relationships.
That’s because much of a woman’s social acceptance is, in theory, tied to her hair. Unlike men, who can turn to many others who share in his hair loss experience, women feel themselves becoming outcasts. Women often feel that female hair loss is abnormal. Many never find anyone to discuss the issue with, and, therefore, they suffer emotionally.
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