Female Pattern Baldness
Female pattern baldness, Alopecia, is not as common as male pattern baldness. It is also not as severe or as hard to contain and control. In addition, it is not that easy to recognize as male baldness because it occurs randomly throughout the head. The cause for female pattern baldness is not clear, but it could be related to genetic predisposition, aging, and levels of endocrine hormones.
Alopecia or scalp hair loss in women could start at just about any age, as early as the teens, and does not progress in any specific pattern. Most of the time it is mistaken for hair loss generally associated with pregnancy, illness or even hormonal changes post- menopause. There is no known way for preventing female pattern baldness.
Female Pattern Baldness is often characterized by a dispersed thinning of hair all over the scalp with a greater loss either at the front or the back of the head. It only rarely imposes on the hairline at the front. Hair shortening/miniaturized hair that is hard to style is also noticed.
Female pattern baldness leads to a lot of psychological stress and loss of self-esteem. It affects social standing and interpersonal relationships.
The best thing to do would be to consult a hair restoration specialist once you start noticing hair loss. In women it is that much easier to mistake Alopecia for something more temporary and potentially less damaging and reversible. Anemia, illness, hormonal changes, drugs and therapy could also lead to baldness in women.
There are many ways of treating the condition once it is detected. These include herbal and natural extracts, synthetic formulations, cosmetic weaving and styling and even surgery.