The Female Counterpart of Hair Loss

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The Female Counterpart of Hair Loss

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  2. 2.  Female hair loss has become an emergent problem which according to the American Academy of Dermatology affects around 30 million women in the United States. Although alopecia in females normally occurs after the age of 50 or even later when it does not follow events like chronic illness, crash diets, pregnancy, and stress among others, it is now occurring at earlier ages with reported cases in women as young as 15 or 16. http://www.1300hairloss.com.au
  3. 3.  Although baldness is not as frequent in women as in men, the psychological effects of losing hair tend to be much greater in women. Typically the frontal hairline is preserved but the density of hair is decreased on all areas of the scalp. Previously it was believed to be caused by testosterone just as in male baldness, but most women who lose hair have normal testosterone levels. Causes of female hair loss may vary from those that affect men. In the case of androgenic alopecia, female balding occurs as a result of the action of androgen hormones (testosterone, androsteinedione, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These male hormones normally exist in small amounts in women. http://www.1300hairloss.com.au
  4. 4.  However, according to Ted Daly, MD, a dermatologist from Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, androgenic alopecia is not the main cause of balding in women and dermatologists now prefer to call this condition female pattern hair loss instead of using the term androgenic alopecia. He adds that the female pattern is diffuse and goes around the whole top of the head and can affect women at any time. http://www.1300hairloss.com.au
  5. 5.  There are other instances when the action of hormones may cause female balding. Some examples are menopause, presence of ovarian cysts, and pregnancy. Similarly, the use of birth control pills with high androgen index and polycystic ovarian syndrome may cause female balding, as well as thyroid disorders, anemia, chronic illness and the use of certain medications. http://www.1300hairloss.com.au

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