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Women’s Hair Loss
Welcome to the Guide to Women’s Hair Loss. There are four steps in this guide, the last of which will provide you with treatments to begin as soon as you’re ready. We don’t carry nor create our own products. We just point you to the most scientifically-backed options available. Let’s get started.
If you are experiencing any form of patchy hair loss or total loss of hair on your head, or other parts of your body, this guide is not for you. Please visit our “Guide to the Alopecias” for information custom tailored to your needs.
It’s hard enough for a man to lose his hair, but at least it is socially acceptable. For a woman losing her hair, the experience can be a thousand times more difficult. Confusion, fear, and anxiety can set in, and the feeling of helplessness is understandable. HairLossTalk has been around since 1999, and in that time we found that nearly 35% of our visitors are female. And we have a lot of visitors. So rest assured that you are not on your own with this.
This site has a close-knit community of females dealing with this condition in all its forms, and we hope you will participate. But right now you’re here to get help, get on some treatments, and get some direction on what to do next. And that’s exactly why we created this guide.
Despite what you may think, as a woman, you do have options. There are products out there that can help, and treatments your physician can administer that will work. This is not just a condition seen only in men. Nearly 40% of women by age 60 experience some form of hair loss. It’s no longer about male hair loss versus female hair loss. The causes may be very different, but the solutions follow a similar logic if you are a woman with thinning hair.
Nearly 40% of women by age 60 experience some form of hair loss.
It is unfortunate but true that Physicians these days seem to have less and less education on many conditions, and being proactive on behalf of your own health is imperative to getting good treatment. The average doctor knows only the basics about women’s hair loss, which is far more complex than men’s. You will likely be told to use Rogaine, and then sent home.
In the next few pages, we will arm you with knowledge. It will be your job to discuss this information with your physician and get the care you need. Expect to hit some roadblocks along the way however, as doctors can often be unhelpful and even unwilling. The physician fully-educated in women’s hair loss will undoubtedly agree with everything you find here.
The most common causes of hair loss in women are hormone-related. Whether it be an overactive thyroid, or the after effects of menopause or pregnancy, there usually is a “good” reason why women lose their hair. The key is to find out what the reason is, and to then evaluate your options in dealing with it. We will give you the steps on how to proceed. First things first though, let’s find out how to help your doctor diagnose your condition.
First, lets address some of things people are going to tell you. Prolonged stress can result in hair loss, but it is the type of stress that lasts months/years and typically affects your overall mental and physical health in a noticeable way. So unless you’ve been through this, or a recent pregnancy, your hair loss is most likely not a result of you being “too high strung”. Usually thinning hair loss in women is a result of hormonal imbalance, but even if stress is a factor, the treatment methodology is the same: Products like Rogaine Foam or Tricomin Therapy Spray (or both) are effective at starting the hair growth process again.
Androgenetic Alopecia in women is typically characterized by diffuse thinning throughout the hair-bearing area. It can be minor or dramatic. The cause is assumed to be very similar to men’s Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness). In both cases, the reason you are losing your hair is a sensitivity of your follicles to the hormones in your scalp. The specific hormone is typically DHT, or Dihydro-Testosterone. This is why treatments for women’s androgenetic alopecia include DHT blockers, and antiandrogens, just like with men. Some typical treatments are Revivogen, Kourosh DHT Blocker, and (with the consent of your doctor only), Propecia.
Women’s hair loss is likely to appear at times of hormonal change, and is generally identified by overall thinning versus patchy loss. Some common causes of women’s hair loss are: Starting or stopping birth control, the postpartum period, and pre and early post-menopausal periods. With women’s hair loss, women rarely go completely bald. The end result of the condition is a visible decrease in density of hair in the affected areas.
Telogen Effluvium sometimes gets confused with Androgenetic Alopecia in women because it presents in a similar way. Diffuse thinning. Its a temporary form of hair loss that tends to resolve on its own after many months. The only way to determine if your loss is Androgenetic Alopecia or Telogen Effluvium would be to rule out hormonal imbalances with bloodwork (below). Imbalances point to Androgenetic Alopecia, and lack of an explanation may point to Telogen Effluvium. Since there is often no explanation for the true cause, Hair Growth Stimulants are recommended for any woman experiencing hair loss. You can consider adding Antiandrogens to the regimen if you want to cover all your bases.
However, here is a quick-list of some very common causes of Telogen Effluvium in women:
Typically a dermatologist is the type of doctor that handles women’s hair loss. Finding one that is truly an “expert” will be next to impossible unfortunately. But the following list of bloodwork can be brought in and requested to check for any imbalances. This should help you identify any problems and give you another way to resolve your hair loss outside of hair loss treatments:
The following factors can play a significant role in developing women’s hair loss. Having the following answers ready for your doctor will help him or her properly diagnose you:
Now let’s discuss the different types of hair loss treatments that have been found to be effective in most women who are experiencing thinning hair.
The various types of clinically proven treatments for women’s hair loss available through your physician and our hair loss treatment product center.
While we do not carry any of the following treatments, your doctor may be aware of the possible prescription antiandrogen treatments typically used for women experiencing thinning hair. It is most likely that your doctor will simply tell you to use Rogaine, but if you have a more complex situation, or have not seen any results, the following medications may be of help:
No matter what your condition, there is something you can do today. We have an Online Product Center which is the result of over 15 years of feedback from our members, and trusted experts in the hair loss research world. We don’t create or sell our own products. We’ve simply gathered the one’s that work. Shameless self promotion isn’t something we do well, but we’d be remiss to take you this far and leave you without the ability to take action. We’re going to cover the treatments which you stand to benefit most from, below.
There are three classes of hair loss treatments for women with thinning hair. DHT blockers (Antiandrogens), Growth Stimulants, and Anti-Inflammatories. Anti-inflammatories are really just an adjunct treatment that should always be part of any regimen, as they reduce inflammation and create an optimal scalp environment for your treatments to work.
Antiandrogens. Used to stop the underlying cause and prevent further hair loss.
Antiandrogen Treatments >
Growth Stimulants. Stimulate new hair growth. Won’t stop the underlying cause.
Hair Growth Stimulants >
Anti-inflammatories. Eliminate inflammation and enable other treatments to work.
Treatments like Rogaine and Tricomin are powerful growth stimulants, while Revivogen and Kourosh DHT Blocker are oustanding natural antiandrogens with ingredients backed by science. However, just like men with Androgenetic Alopecia, its wise to hit it from both angles. Growth stimulants will kick-start the process, and Antiandrogens will prevent further loss. But what about anti-inflammatories?
The all-important ingredient. Ketoconazole. Its available in a very few select shampoos and is a mandatory part of any hair loss treatment regimen. The hormonal processes which cause hair loss also cause an underlying inflammation that prevents treatments from working. So this must be controlled. We carry the most effective anti-inflammatory treatments and shampoos on the market today in our Product Center: Anti-inflammatories.
Now comes the fun part.
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