Treatments for Female Hair Loss
When thinking of hair loss, often the image that comes to mind is one of an older male who is developing a large bald patch near the crown of his head or suffering from a receding hairline. Rarely do we ever imagine women in this scenario, yet noticeable hair loss affects one out of every four women.
What Are Some Causes of Female Hair Loss?
- Anemia – Low iron affects hair growth for both quality and quantity.
- Hormone Changes Following Pregnancy – While pregnant, more hair remains in the growth phase for a longer period. Post-partum, the hormone changes can lead to an increased amount of shedding.
- Low Vitamin Levels – Vitamins are an essential part of hair growth.
- Menopause – The hormone changes your body experiences during menopause can lead to hair loss.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – Studies have found that this condition is related to female hair loss.
- Poor Diet – Many nutrients we receive in our diet, including zinc and protein, are essential for hair growth. If your diet is deficient in these, you may experience hair thinning or loss.
- Stress – Undergoing stress can cause a disturbance in the hair cycle, leading to an increased amount of hair being lost.
- Telogen Effluvium – A period following a stressful or traumatic event or anxiety where the hair enters its resting phase (telogen) and begins to fall out. It is often temporary, lasting around six months, and reversible, but may also present as a chronic condition.
- Thyroid Imbalance – Conditions affecting your thyroid hormone levels can contribute to hair loss.
- Various Medications – Medications, including antidepressants, steroids, contraceptives, and antihypertensives are associated with hair loss. Recreational drugs can also contribute to this.
How Can Female Hair Loss Be Treated?
If the hair loss is caused by hormone changes such as pregnancy or menopause, often no treatment is necessary. Once the body adjusts, the hair loss will likely stop. For hair loss caused by nutritional deficiencies, correcting the diet or utilizing supplements will help. Medical conditions contributing to hair loss should be talked about with your doctor and addressed fully before attempting to resolve the symptoms.
If none of the above applies, or hair loss persists after addressing the primary concerns, various treatments are available including:
- Aldactone – Spironolactone binds with the body’s androgen receptors to decrease the production of testosterone. The scientific community is not in agreeance as to whether or not this works, so be sure to speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Anthralin – Applied topically, anthralin is considered a safe and effective treatment for hair loss. It can be used at home once a day, and new hair may appear in two to three months.
- Corticosteroid Injections – When injected, hair growth can sometimes be detected as early as four weeks afterwards, and treatment can be repeated every four to six weeks.
- Light or Laser Therapy – Laser and light devices can help stimulate hair growth. It can take a few weeks to several months before results are seen.
- Nizoral – This ketoconazole shampoo has no significant side effects and can help reduce the production of hormones that lead to hair loss.
- Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy – Also known as PRP, this involves injecting an individual’s processed blood into the scalp. While there is not much research supporting this relatively new procedure, some studies show 30 – 40 percent regrowth of hair. PRP is done in multiple sessions over 4 to 6 weeks, and every four to six months, maintenance treatments are performed.
- Retin-A – A topical tretinoin solution, this is occasionally combined with Rogaine to combat hair loss.
- Rogaine – Scientifically known as a minoxidil topical solution, Rogaine is available over the counter and is used by men or women who experience hair loss. It is placed on the scalp each day and aids with regrowth.
- Surgical Hair Restoration – Women often experience an overall thinning of the hair, known as diffuse hair loss. This is different from most balding men. If, however, the individual is one of the just 2-5% of women who would suit the procedure, hair transplants may be the best option. These women often have experienced a non-hormonal loss of hair such as that from injury, which to regain hair around an incision site, or experience balding similar to that of male pattern baldness.
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