Hair loss in women is rarely caused by genetics. The reason is that male pattern baldness (alopecia) is associated with the conversion of the male hormone testosterone inside of the hair follicles, where under the action of some chemicals it turns into dihydrotestosterone that destroys vessels nurturing hair follicles.
Heredity is only one of the factors leading to alopecia. Besides heredity, there are quite a number of conditions that can cause hair loss, and women are protected only from the aggressive effect of dihydrotestosterone, while other factors can damage the hair.
One of the common causes leading to female pattern baldness is associated is pregnancy and childbirth. After giving birth, the female body experiences many changes, includingoften hormonal imbalance caused by anemia and exhaustion. All in one, this leads to metabolic disturbances and excessive hair loss.
Age changes also can lead to hair loss in women. With aging, the levels of estrogen, which is responsible for regeneration of hair follicles, is reduced, and follicles die quicker than reproduce. Stress, fatigue and wrong diet also can lead to alopecia.
Most of the causes of hair loss in women – except chemical and mechanical damage by hairdryers, dyes and other products for hair care and styling – can be named in two words: metabolic disorders.
Hair loss in women can be diffuse and patchy. In the first case, hair thinning occurs evenly all over the head. In the second case, the hair falls out with patches.
Hair loss of diffuse type develops in women more often than in men. In this case, it is important to see an experienced trichologist without delay for consultation andprofessional hair treatment ata medical center. At the first visit, a doctor will examine the head for inflammations, which could give some clues about possiblecauses of alopecia.
In practice, the matter is mostly in stress, exhausting diseases, and a lack of vitamins.
Rarely, dihydrotestosterone can cause female alopecia too. The latter mostly affects men, but woman's body is also capable to produce male hormones, which has a negative impact to hair health in women.
With diffuse alopecia, you should never delay treatment, in order to stop the progressive hair thinning. Unlike with other hair diseases, when you have diffuse alopecia, hair follicles do not die, so if you take measures timely, there is a chance to stop follicles degradation and restore the hair completely.
If together with diffuse hair loss there is also a possibility of the androgenic nature of the disease, a woman must be treated not only by a trichologist, but also visit an endocrinologist, gynecologist and urologist. A common treatment is hormonal therapy that reduces the sensitivity of hair follicles to dihydrotestosterone.
If genetic causes arenot involved, there are a number of means to stimulate hair growth, including medical shampoos and balms, and cosmetic procedures (violet rays, mesotherapy). For the best effect, electro stimulation can be recommended.
With the treatment of diffuse hair loss in women, it is important to strengthen the body in general. For these purposes, immune modulators and adaptogenicmedicines are often assigned. In addition to external therapy, such as rubbing various herbal lotions into the scalp, complex vitamins are prescribed.
The individual approach allows finding an optimal treatment. Designing a treatment plan, an experienced doctor necessarily takes into account the causes and type of alopecia, and its degree.
Sometimes the hair falls out very quickly and you can lose the most of them in just 2-3 months, so at the very first signs of excessive hair loss (more than 50-100 per day), immediately consult a doctor. The advances of modern medicine can effectively combat hair diseases, and German trichologists have achieved the brilliant success in this sphere. To make an appointment and stop the disease, contact an expert through our website!