When you read about hair loss, the information is usually focused on men. Losing your hair is almost a rite of passage for men, like women going through menopause. Though everyone acknowledges that women go gray, few recognize that they can also go bald.
But women can certainly lose their hair just like men can. In fact, about 40 percent of women experience androgenetic alopecia, or patterned hair loss, by the time they reach middle age. About 30 million women suffer from this condition, which causes the hair follicles shrink and become less active, so the hair becomes stubby or wispy and does not grow in as thick or as strong.
Many other women experience temporary hair loss as a result of stress, health issues, or nutritional changes.
Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women
Women’s hair loss can be genetic, just like men’s, but it can also be caused by health or lifestyle issues. Some of the most common reasons for women losing their hair include:
- Hormonal changes, such as after pregnancy or menopause
- Thyroid imbalance
- Nutritional deficiencies, including low iron or Vitamin D
- Significant weight loss
- Excessive styling
- Autoimmune disorders
- Skin conditions like psoriasis
- Surgery or other physical trauma
Sometimes, hair loss can be noticeable right away. Sometimes, it may not show up for many months after the precipitating event.
Hair loss caused by genetics can occur over time, just as it can for men. The hair typically starts thinning at the top of the head.
Treatment for Female Hair Loss
Because hair loss is an often overlooked problem for women, there is great stigma attached to it. Typical standards of female beauty include a head of thick, lush, shiny hair. When women lose their hair, their self-image can be greatly diminished.
One reason that many women lose their hair is that dihydrotestosterone (DHT) gets inside the hair follicle and damages it. Therefore, the hair loss can be treated by taking drugs that reduce DHT, such as finasteride, or Propecia. However, women who may become pregnant should not take these drugs.
Laser treatment and platelet rich plasma treatment can also treat hair loss in some cases. PRP treatment is effective because the plasma has transforming growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, and other bioactive proteins. These are believed to stop or slow hair loss, as well as to promote the growth of new hair.
The Houston Hair Loss Clinic specializes in PRP treatment for men and women. We take plasma from the patient, so you use your body’s own healing agents to treat your hair loss. The treatment is performed on an out-patient basis, and it takes about 45 minutes to an hour per session. Patients see results quickly, and they start regaining their confidence. Take the time to call us today and see how we can help you with your hair, find us at www.houstonhairlossclinic.com, or call 713-597-4799 to schedule your appointment today!