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Hair Loss in Women: What Causes it and What Can Be Done?

Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss in women gets comparatively less airtime than hair loss in men and is perhaps even more taboo. So let’s throw all the social norms out the window and look at what causes hair loss in women and what can be done about it.

The Main Cause

In the vast majority of cases, hair loss in women has the same cause as hair loss in men, Andro-Genetic Alopecia, a hereditary condition. In genetically predisposed people, hair follicles on the scalp are programmed to become sensitive to a hormone in the blood, called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Once this hormone attaches itself to the susceptible follicles, it gradually destroys them. The life of the hair may be shortened, become thinner and eventually fall out.

There are other causes which are not genetic:

  • Damaging hair styling and chemical treatments.
  • Dietary deficiencies including iron deficiency.
  • Hormonal influences caused by the contraceptive pill, hormonal replacement therapy, or changes in hormone levels experienced during puberty, pregnancy or menopause.
  • Certain medications such as those used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Medical conditions including Thyroid disorders and stress.

Seek Help

You’re not alone. Hair loss in women is common and there are a range of ways to treat it. A hair transplant specialist will be able to undertake a thorough medical examination and blood tests to uncover what is causing the hair loss. This is an invaluable step in the process as it allows the best treatment option to be selected.

What treatments are available?

Possible treatments include medical and drug treatments and FUE Hair Transplants. Thankfully, hair transplants which are done by the invasive strip harvesting technique are a thing of the past.

Do hair loss home remedies work?

Hair masks and solutions applied to the hair in an effort to resolve hair loss can improve shine and moisturise the scalp. However, when the cause of the hair loss is known it becomes clear that home remedies will not help regrow or restore hair. Coconut milk, aloe vera, egg white, etc. can be great as a hair conditioner, however they cannot affect the hormone levels or treat the underlying medical conditions if that is what is the cause of hair loss in the first place.

Book an appointment with a hair loss specialist and find out what treatment is best for you.

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