Discussion of psychological aspect 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 >> Psychological Aspect of Female Pattern Baldness

Many women suffer from female pattern baldness and have to go through psychological suffering. It has a bad impact on their self-esteem as well. There are many reasons for female pattern baldness though heredity is the major cause in most cases. Women often go for treatments like hair transplantation.

Hair loss doesn't have as much impact on men as it has on women. Female pattern baldness may have a devastating effect on the life of a woman.

The most common type of female pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia. It often occurs after menopause. In this medical condition normally there is thinning of hair rather than the type of baldness as seen in men.

In women the pattern of hair loss can vary depending on the case. Often we see thinning of hair rather than the typical "monk's tonsure" or "cue ball" hair loss often seen in men.

The less apparent thinning of hair in women may be a reason why many people take the cases of female pattern baldness lightly. Many people even do not think that baldness is a problem related to women. It is also seen that normally there is no check of the scalp during general physical examination of a woman. It is important that the woman should mention a case of hair loss to her physician.

There are many signs of psychological problems faced by a woman in the case of female pattern baldness. Often women feel that they are not attractive and desirable because of hair loss. They also avoid going out on social occasions due to possible embarrassment. Thus it affects the social life of a woman.

Some women feel that hair loss also affects their career growth. Emotional suffering and the feeling of self-consciousness can be traumatizing. They feel worse because more than often the hair loss cases are not taken seriously by their friends and relatives. Taking the condition lightly can contribute additionally to the psychological and emotional effects that can range from decreased self-esteem to anxiety and depression.

Many women feel embarrassment talking about their hair loss problem to a doctor. It should not happen and if the physician finds any significant hair loss he/she should refer the women to a hair restoration professional for diagnosis and consultation.

The physician should take the issue of hair loss with a woman if he feels the woman is not comfortable talking about the problem. He should talk in detail about the condition and fully answer all the queries of the patient.

A proper treatment of hair loss is important as the condition of the patient may worsen. Often it is a good idea to go for hair transplantation.

Potential causes of hair loss in women require medical treatment in most cases. The causes of hair loss like cystic ovaries, hypothyroidism and autoimmune disease require treatment. If the hair fall is due to intake of some medication then there should be a change in dosages of medicine or medicine itself. Medicines like beta-blockers, coumadin and anti-depressants might cause hair loss in some cases.

If the hair loss is due to tight braiding or chemicals used in hair styling then there is a need of change in hair styling. In the case of trichotillomania, a condition of compulsive hair-pulling, psychological counseling is required.

It is important that the family members and friends of the patient take the problem of hair loss seriously.