Women and Alopecia

Women and Alopecia

Nearly one third of women suffer from hair loss at least once in their life. This is due to a condition called Alopecia. Impact of hair loss on women is much greater than on men because it is less socially acceptable in the case of women. Hair loss among women is also called female pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia causes gradual thinning of hairline. Click here  for personalized guidance on alopecia.

Alopecia causes hair loss in two ways. One way is that alopecia disrupts the normal hair growth cycles. Due to this hair growth is affected. Another way is that alopecia damages the hair follicles and that triggers hair loss. If severe damage is caused to the hair follicles then hair loss can be permanent in some cases.

Causes for alopecia among women

  • Heredity- If you have a family history of alopecia then you are more likely to suffer from alopecia. Genetic factors have a huge impact on hair loss.
  • Hairstyle- Women generally have hairstyles that put pressure on the scalp. Tight braids, cornrows, ponytails or any style that pulls the hair roots can cause traction alopecia. Damage to hair follicles by traction alopecia can be permanent.
  • Express stress or shock– Temporary loss of hair can be caused by a stressful or shocking event. This can include illness, surgery and pregnancy. Such hair loss is called telogen effluvium. Hair loss can also be caused due to some physical or emotional trauma. This is called traumatic alopecia.
  • Menopause- Estrogen level drops in the body during menopause. This hormonal imbalance can cause thinning of hair and may trigger hair loss.
  • Other Conditions- Some medical conditions can contribute to hair loss among women. Alopecia areata is one such autoimmune skin condition which causes hair loss in patches.

Treatment

You can consult a medical practitioner to get some medication to manage alopecia. Generally minoxidil, anti-androgens and iron supplements are prescribed by doctors. You can also try some home remedies like massaging your head with essential oils. In extreme cases you can opt for hair transplant or the non invasive scalp micropigmentation.

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