Discussion of female pattern baldness

Hair Structure
Female Pattern Baldness
Localized Hair Loss
Sudden Hair Loss
Causes of Baldness
Role of Heredity
Role of Androgens
Psychological Aspects
Treatment of Baldness
Selection of a Clinic
Anti-androgen Therapy
Hair Transplantation
Follicular Hair Transplant

Home >> What is Female Pattern Baldness?

Female pattern baldness is a major problem for women. In this case women start having baldness in a bit similar pattern as men have. It can start even in teenage. It may be due to some illness, hormonal imbalance or some disease. However heredity is the main cause of female pattern baldness. Women often go for various methods like hair transplantation in the case of hair loss.

In female pattern baldness hair starts thinning over the top and front of the head. It can happen with anyone though generally women suffer from this problem after their menopause.

Normally women tend to lose around 100-125 hairs per day, which is normal. Women approach a dermatologist when they see hair fall more than this. It is seen that the hair loss may genetically come from the family of either father or mother.

Female pattern baldness is accompanied by other signs of hormonal imbalance like excess facial or body hair. Hair loss in women can occur after pregnancy. In some cases it can be after discontinuation of birth control pills. A sudden physical or psychological stress can also cause hair fall in women. This type of hair loss is known as Telogen Effluvium and is usually temporary.

The pattern of hair loss in women can differ a bit from that in men. In women it is not always recognizable as in men. If there is a sign of hair loss in women she can not be sure whether it is a temporary or permanent one. It can be even due to pregnancy or illness.

Female pattern baldness is caused by the presence of a male hormone called testosterone in female body. Testosterone is caused by androgen hormone. It is a known fact the certain women are more sensitive to this hormone that others. This sensitivity causes thinning of hair on their scalp.

The male hormone testosterone interacts with an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase, which is produced by the body. The interaction causes the production of DHT within the hair follicle.

DHT is responsible for the production of shorter and finer hairs. When DHT is not received well by hair follicles it results in reduced blood supply. It results in thinning of hair on the scalp and at last balding.

In the case of hair fall self-diagnosis is not a good idea. This is because women tend to have a less obvious pattern of baldness. Diagnosis should be done by a trained and experienced surgeon only.

In the case of hair fall in women due to androgenetic alopecia hair does not uniformly grow smaller in diameter. Women tend to have miniaturizing hairs of variable diameter over all affected areas of the scalp. Miniaturization or reduction in diameter of hair can also be caused by other factors as well. It is not in itself a diagnostic feature of androgenetic alopecia. Even in post-menopausal women hair may begin to miniaturize and become difficult to style. Only a specialist is capable of a proper diagnosis of the problem.

After proper diagnosis by a trained physician the patient should go through a proper treatment. Often the patient is administered Rogaine. Aldactone is another medicine that can help many women, especially those having hair fall after menopause. However it takes months to have some effect on hair. Hair transplantation is a very popular method used in the case of female pattern baldness.