Fear of Going Bald? Treatment for Female Pattern Baldness

Updated On - July 10, 2020 Chaitra K R
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Losing about 50 to 100 hair strands a day is absolutely normal!  But what’s not normal is when the lost hair is not renewed. It makes your scalp visible and your hair does not feel as thick as usual. This is when you’ll experience female pattern baldness. 

What Causes Female Pattern Baldness?

 

Genetics:

Hereditary plays a significant part in developing female pattern baldness. You can inherit the baldness from either parent/grandparent.

Hormonal changes:

Events in women’s life like menopause often alters hormonal levels that contribute to female pattern baldness.

Health conditions

Adverse health conditions and medical treatment may also cause hair loss.  Tumours of the pituitary gland or ovary, which secrete androgen, may also lead to hair loss.

Illness or stress

Any kind of emotional or mental stress may lead to sudden hair loss. You might lose much more hair than usual in a short period. Luckily, this hair loss often reverses itself without treatment.

Wrong lifestyle choices

Of course, there is a strong link between particular lifestyle choices and hair loss. People who smoke may experience hair loss earlier than people who don’t. People who do not get enough protein in their diets may lose more hair than people who eat enough protein.

Treatment for Female Pattern Baldness

Many issues can be responsible for your hair loss and baldness, an evaluation will help you and your medical professional to find the best treatment for your condition. 

Common treatments to prevent female pattern baldness suggested by medical experts are:

  • Topical Medications

✔ Medicines/creams/lotion is suggested to be applied to the scalp every day that stimulate your hair growth, as well as prevent further hair thinning.
✔ It can take 6 months to a year to produce visible results and does not work for everyone.
✔ Side effects can include dryness, redness, and itching.
✔ Hair loss may return after a person stops using such medications

  • Oral medication

✔ Oral medications are given by medical to block the production of androgen, which may prevent hair loss and help hair regrow. 

  • Hair transplant

✔ A hair transplant involves moving hair to an area of the scalp where it is missing.
✔ During a hair transplant, your doctor removes hair from an area with healthy hair growth and transplants it to another spot where the hair is missing.

  • Laser treatment

✔ Low-level laser lights are used to stimulate hair growth in women. 

 

How to Prevent Female Pattern Baldness

You can follow certain hair care steps to keep hair as healthy as possible to prevent breakage and damage.

  • Avoid (or limit) hair treatments that can lead to hair damage, such as straightening, curling and hair extensions.
  • Follow a proper balanced diet. Eat a diet rich in protein, essential vitamins, and iron.
  • Protect the hair from UV rays by wearing a hat.
  • Do not brush your hair when it is wet and fragile. Use a comb or the fingers instead.

However, if you’re experiencing excessive hair loss, you should talk with your doctor or dermatologist, who can help determine the cause and best treatment option.

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