Treatment for hair loss in women


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Treatment for hair loss in women

  1. 1. Treatment for Hair Loss in Women
  2. 2. A woman is more disposed to severe distress from thinning hair. Image is importantly an ego-boost to all women. Although there are scientifically proven treatments for hair loss, most of them are contraindicated in females. For instance, the use of Finasteride, a prescription treatment for hair loss, is not advisable to women especially to pregnant andLactating ones. Finasteride causes birth defects to a male child’s sexualorgan when taken in harmful amounts. Hair loss is triggered byhormonal factors which is why pattern hair loss in women is different inmen.
  3. 3. Female Pattern BaldnessUnlike men, women with Androgenetic alopecia don’t go completelybald. Hair thinning and fining are probably the only worst-casescenarios to happen to a woman. Plus, they get to preserve theirfrontal hair line. This is due to the fact that they are incapable ofsecreting semen.Women experience diffuse hair loss which means the pattern ofthinning is spread throughout the scalp. Female pattern hair loss isclassified into three stages according to the Ludwig’s scale. In thefirst stage, visible thinning of the hair in the crown becomes visiblebut there is no loss of the frontal hairline. In the second stage, hairthinning has become more elaborate and the part width hasincreased since the first stage. In the last stage, hair thinning nearsbaldness on the crown but the hairline is preserved.
  4. 4. Treatment for Female Pattern BaldnessAs implied earlier, women with androgenetic alopecia may only have limitedoptions when it comes to choosing the perfect treatment for hair loss. Thereare three treatments which women can choose from:5.SpironolactoneAnti-androgen drugs, such as Finasteride and Dutasteride, are commonlyused medication to prevent further hair loss. Spironolactone is another anti-androgen that is specifically formulated for women. It has been approvedby the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressureand congestive heart failures. As a hair loss treatment, its effectivenesshowever still has to be widely proven. In small bodies of literature, womenwith hirsutism (excess hairiness) responded to spironolactone treatment.Side-effects of the drug include gastrointestinal tract bleeding, breastenlargement, and/or reduced sexual drive.
  5. 5. 2. Hormone Replacement TherapyHormone Replacement Therapy is another option. It is commonlyprescribed to menopausal women since hormonal production slowsdown at this stage. To recreate a balance in the hormones, physiciansadvise HRT which contains female hormones – estrogen andprogesterone.HRT reverses hair loss in that female hormones fight theformation of DHT. But while it is effective in impeding further hair thinningand baldness, it is not recommended for long-time use. HRT entails anincreased risk of heart disease, breast cancer, blood clots, and strokewhen taken in excess amounts.3. Laser TherapyLaser therapy is also another treatment for hair loss. It uses low-levellaser because of its therapeutic effects on the living cells. Laser therapyis safe and effective. In fact, it can be more effective in women in thatthey have a diffuse hair loss pattern.