Hair loss in women

The reason for female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it may be related to, changes in the levels of androgens (male hormones). For example, after reaching menopause many women find that the hair on their head is thinner, while the hair on their face is coarser. Hair loss can occur in women for reasons other than female pattern baldness, including the following: Breaking of hair (from treatments and twisting or pulling of hair or hair shaft abnormalities that are present from birth).Certain skin diseases that lead to scarring of the hair follicles. Hormone problems, such as too much testosterone, or too much or too little thyroid hormone. Too little vitamin B (biotin) or other vitamin deficiency. Medications such as chemotherapy and beta blockers. Patchy hair loss (alopecia areata).Temporary shedding of hair after a major illness, surgery, or pregnancy. Proper early prediction and diagnosis of female hair loss is key to saving your hair.

Some estimates suggest that 50% of women in Europe and the U.S. under a more or less severe hair loss suffer when they are 50 or older. Compared with men is the reason therefor in 90% of cases examined for androgenetic alopecia or female pattern baldness.

Ludwig scale of hair loss in women

On the following pictures you can see the visual representation of the different stages of female pattern hair loss after the so-called Ludwig scale, which is used by dermatologists for grading the severity of hair loss.

Causes of female hair loss Women, like men, the genes due to thinning hair their parents. In women, the hormone testosterone is produced in the adrenal glands and the ovaries. Fortunately, the amount of testosterone and DHT in women is not enough to start the androgenic alopecia in males because the female hormones estrogen and progesterone to keep the balance and thus exert a protective effect on the follicles. These hormones reduce DHT production and block the binding of DHT to the hair follicle as long as they are available in sufficient quantities. Each state, however, the decreased production of estrogen and progesterone or overproduction of DHT causes in genetically predisposed women, of course, the described hair thinning. For many women, the hair loss at any age to begin after puberty, in most cases, but very strong during and after menopause. At menopause, the production of female hormones drops dramatically and lose its protective function against the female hair loss.

Hair loss in women during menopause clearly shows the hormonal imbalance that usually a medical examination and receive appropriate treatment. In post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy can regulate the imbalance again and stop the process in general. In cases where hormone therapy is not indicated, it is only the pharmaceutical treatment with Rogaine 2%. While activated, the growth phase of the hair follicles Rogaine, but has no effect on the DHT production, which is likely to be diluted and the loss of hair.

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