Hair loss in women can be a difficult subject to broach. While it’s true everybody loses around one hundred hairs a day there are a variety of conditions that can lead to accelerated hair loss in both men and women. As a society we expect a fairly large proportion of men to suffer from hair loss at some point in their lives but we are less knowledgeable about and accepting of female hair loss. Most people for example, are familiar with the term male pattern baldness but less so with the genetic condition androgenic alopecia that underlies it and even fewer of us realize that this condition can also affect women.
Other conditions that can lead to hair loss in both women and men are alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes large-scale patchy shedding and can lead to hair loss in areas other than the scalp. This condition affects around 2% of the population at any time and the hair often regrows at a later date. Telogen effluvium is the term for the kind of general hair-shedding which affects us all but this process can become accelerated in some due to stress, certain medications or hormone activity.
A visit to a GP should help pinpoint the particular causes underlying female hair loss and help signpost the next steps in improving hair appearance and regaining self-confidence. If a diagnosis of androgenic alopecia, or female pattern baldness, is given it is probably a good idea to seek a consultation with a hair restoration surgeon who can take you through the non-surgical and surgical procedures that are available to combat female hair loss.
The good news is that female pattern baldness generally tends to be less severe than its male counterpart and hormonal treatments as well as other non-surgical procedures such as laser cap therapy or Minoxidil can be very successful in treating this condition. If you are at all concerned about what you consider to be excessive loss, please consult your GP as soon as possible as the sooner a condition like androgenic alopecia is diagnosed the better the more likelihood there is of stopping further hair loss.