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Female Pattern Baldness

What is female pattern baldness?

Female pattern baldness is known as androgenetic alopecia also known as baldness in females, it is a week known cause for baldness in females.

Male and female pattern baldness is otherwise the same and Treatment of baldness or baldness treatment are also same in some case, except that pattern is different for women as compared to men’s pattern.

At a young age, hair loss problem is common for both men and women. It’s only after menopause basically, baldness in females can be seen in two-thirds of women. Less than half of women will make female pattern baldness after the age of 65 with a full head of hair.

The female pattern baldness is a hereditary process. Hormones are responsible for hair fall because They commonly occur after menopause.

If you notice that you’re losing hair, it’s time to consult your hair doctor specialist ( trichologist ) or a dermatologist. They will be able to recognize if you’re suffering from female pattern baldness ( baldness in females )  or another type of hair loss to get treatment of baldness.

What does baldness in females look like?

In female pattern baldness, the hair’s growth process slows down. baldness in females also affects the regrowth of hairs.

Due to female pattern baldness hair follicles shrink, leading to hair becoming thinner and fragile.

Shedding 50 to 100 hair every day is considered normal, but in female pattern baldness ( baldness in females ) hair can start falling in huge volumes.

Hair loss in men is different from baldness in females and also treatment of baldness or baldness treatment are different, wherein, hair loss starts from the front of the head and recedes to the back until they go bald. But women lose hair from all over their head, starting at their part line. There are very rare chances In women to go completely bald, but you may have a lot of thinning day by day of your hair.

Hair Doctor specialists (trichologist) divide female pattern baldness into three types:

  • In Type I there is a small amount of thinning that starts around your part.
  • In Type II the baldness in females involves widening of the part, and increased hair falls around it.
  • In Type III there is thinning throughout the scalp, with a see-through area at the top of your scalp.


    cause's of female pattern baldness

    Can genetics cause female pattern baldness

    baldness in females can be caused due to many reasons such as it can be passed from parents or genes. Our parents’ genes are the main reason for hair loss.

    Especially you can get female pattern baldness if your mother, father or your other relatives are suffering from baldness in females.

    other causes female pattern baldness

    Endocrine condition or hormone-secreting may generally cause of reason for baldness in females. Along with that if you have irregular periods, severe acne, or facing an increase in unwanted hair loss, so you should have to consult your Dermatologist who helps you to get rid of baldness in females problem by suggesting you a treatment of baldness.

    Treatment of baldness in females

    Your hair doctor specialists ( trichologist ) or Dermatologists suggest you treatment of baldness if you have a female pattern baldness you may adopt a new hairstyle. This can help you to hide if you have too much thin hair at the top of your scalp.

    Early diagnosis for baldness in females is encouraged, as it can help you to get a treatment at the right time as resulting minimize your future hair loss. your hair doctor ( trichologist ) can combine one or more medications to treat your hair loss.

    There are some medications used for the treatment of pattern hair loss ( treatment of baldness ):-

    1. Minoxidil (Rogaine)
    2. Finasteride (Propecia) and dutasteride (Avodart)
    3. Spironolactone (Aldactone)

    How is it diagnosed?

    When you notice any hair loss or you notice your hairs get thinner then it’s time to see your hair doctor specialists ( trichologist ). With the help of some medical equipment, your hair doctors can examine your hair problem but in the case of females, it is not needed to diagnose female pattern baldness.

    In some cases, a hair doctor specialists ( trichologist ) can perform a blood test to check your thyroid hormone, iron, or other reasons which can affect your hair growth and it hepls your doctor for getting best treatment of baldness ( baldness treatment ) for you.

    Can women get female pattern baldness in their 20s?

    Women are likely to develop baldness in females before the 40s. Same as men, women also start losing hair once they get age more than 40, and beyond. High levels of male sex hormones, called androgens, are also a reason for hair loss in men. 

    Androgens are also a reason for hair loss in females. Your hair Doctor specialists (trichologist)  also suggest you quit smoking or your drinking habits this can affect your hair.


    • Eat a healthy diet. You can get enough iron from foods like dark green leafy vegetables, beans, and fortified cereals.
    • Avoid treatments that can break or damage your hair, such as straightening irons, bleach, and perms.
    • Ask your hair doctor specialists ( trichologist ) if any of the medicines you take can promote hair loss. If so, see if you can switch to another drug.
    • Don’t smoke. It damages hair follicles and can speed up hair loss.
    • Wear a hat when you go outside. Too much sun exposure can damage your hair.

    No, baldness in females is not reversible. But, you can stop or reduce hair loss and even regrow the lost hair back. If not all, at least some of it. It might take up to one year for the results to be evident.

    Hair loss is not a life-threatening concern, and the person who has a hair loss problem or baldness in females problem needs not worry or feel depressed. You have to control your emotions and state of mind. you can also consult your hairstylist to make a change to your hairstyle it can help you some time to hide your thinning hair in the beginning stage.

    Some studies prove that especially in females hair loss or baldness in females can lead to psychological problems. it can be the reason for anxiety, depression, loss of self confedance.

    You can’t prevent baldness in females, but you can protect your hair from breakage and loss:

    In some cases, baldness in females can’t be cured or is not reversible.

    But by getting proper treatment you can stop your hair loss and potentially help to regrow your hair. The process of treatment can take up to 10-12 months to start working.

    You have to trust your hair treatment given by your hair doctor specialists to get the best result or prevent you from losing your hair again.

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