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Everything you need to know about female pattern baldness

Experiencing unexplained hair loss? You could have female pattern baldness. Here’s what you need to know about this hereditary condition

Most people associated hair-thinning and baldness with men exclusively. But hair loss is something that can affect women too, and for various different reasons. Bouts of stress and even the shifts in hormones linked with pregnancy and menopause can bring about female pattern baldness. But – just like our male counterparts – women can also experience female pattern baldness.

Also known as androgenetic alopecia, female pattern baldness is a hereditary condition. What distinguishes it from the type experienced by men is that it is generally late-onset. It starts at the hair parting and temples rather than receding from the front, backward. While this condition doesn’t cause any physical pain, it can lead to emotional discomfort and feelings of self-consciousness.

Can female pattern baldness be prevented?

Sadly, this condition all boils down to genetics and isn’t really preventable if it is part of your genetic make-up. But there are ways to make sure that your hair stays as strong as possible, such as eating a healthy diet, not brushing too vigorously, avoiding damaging hair treatments and frequent heat-styling, and wearing a hat outdoors to prevent UV damage to your mane.

 

 

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What are your options?

Many people who suffer from female pattern baldness resort to wigs, as they are effective in hiding the situation while still allowing your hair underneath to grow, free of damaging extensions. There are also various treatment options. Your doctor or dermatologist can perform laser therapy or administer platelet-rich plasma that can restore the hair to some degree (although, sadly, not *quite* to its former luster). These can prevent major future hair loss as well. However, it can take up to 12 months to see any significant results.

Another way to boost hair growth is to take supplements. These should contain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and biotin, both of which are hailed for their hair-restoration properties. One study also revealed that a combination of omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants can help hair to become thicker and healthier.

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Concerned about how much hair you are shedding? Make an appointment to see one of our dermatologists to find out what your options are.

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