Treating Hair Loss in Women

 

Hair loss is a distressing condition that will affect many women any time from their late 20s to the menopausal stage. Hair is not only crucial to a woman’s attractiveness, it is also fundamental to her gender identity and sexuality.

Hair loss leading to frontal baldness is called androgenetic alopecia and is the most common hair loss problem in women. Hair follicles can also be genetically sensitive to hormones such as DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

Since it is predominantly hormonal in cause, typically the best treatment methods is medical. Unfortunately, due to ignorance, many have tried using hair tonics and hair treatments that are not effective, leading to disappointment along with the loss of hope of a remedy.

Androgenetic alopecia begins in the midline and spreads out over the front of the head. A thorough hormonal as well as ferritin analysis has to be done initially. Many women also lack iron which affects hair growth.

It is important that treatment be started early as great delay may cause the hair follicle to become non-responsive. Treatment has two stages – stopping future loss and regrowth of hair.  Research is continuing and many new products are coming to the market to stop, regrow, and even replace hair.

There are various types of medication used to stop hair loss and minoxidil is the main one. Others, such as aldactone and cyproterone acetate, are used when there are high levels of DHT causing hair loss. In premenopausal and menopausal stages, oestrogen replacement is considered.

Regrowth of hair is achieved through dermal stimulation via micro needling and/or laser. Oral supplements with specific vitamins and minerals are essential for hair growth.

There are many solutions and options available.  You and your hair are worth the effort.

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