Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Causes of Hair Loss in Women
There are different possible causes of hair loss in women including autoimmune disorders and the use of birth control. Hair loss, thinning, and baldness can be quite embarrassing for women than they are for men. Factors like hormones, lifestyle choices, stress, and decline in age, or going off birth control, can contribute to hair loss in women.
Statistics from the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), shows that 40 percent of people affected by alopecia are women. Before now, balding and hair loss were seen as minor cosmetic issues that doesn’t require treatment. However, there’s now more concern for the emotional consequences of hair loss, particularly for women.
Hair loss can be upsetting for women, so seeking treatment early can help salvage the condition.

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Some possible causes of hair loss in women include:
Androgenetic Alopecia
Also called AGA, or pattern baldness, Androgenetic alopecia can cause women to experience hair thinning on the top of the head. It’s an hormonal condition says Rebecca Baxt, MD, a dermatologist in Paramus, New Jersey. It may be hereditary at times and may begin in late teen. The condition worsens as a woman approaches menopause due to changes in hormones.
Telogen Effluvium
One of the major causes of hair loss in women is tegogen effluvium. This is a condition that causes women to suddenly lose their hair by the handful. Conditions like disease, malnutrition, childbirth, surgery, and other stressful conditions can lead to telogen effluvium. Also, women who have lost a spouse either to death or divorce tend to experience more hair loss than married women, according to a study.
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Alopecia Areata
This is mainly caused by an autoimmune condition that causes round patches of hair loss to suddenly appear as the immune system starts attacks the hair follicles. Alopecia areata can be caused by certain disorders of thyroid.
Birth Control
According to Dr. Baxt, some women experience hair loss when going on or off birth control, such as hormone injections, oral contraceptives, progestin implants, and the patch. All women should endeavor to use birth control pills with a “low androgen index,” to avoid hair loss. Also, women who have a family history of hair loss should use non-hormonal birth control.
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Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses one or more anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy can cause complete hair loss by attacking growing hair follicles. Hair loss can be reduced during chemotherapy by using scalp cooling cap.
Some hairstyles like cornrows, braids, or other hairstyles that pull hair too tightly over an extended period of time can cause hair thinning and hair loss. Also, processing your hair excessively with chemicals like bleach and heating tools, can equally damage your hair and cause breakage. Though the issue of hair breakage is different from hair falling off at the root.
Nutritional Deficiency 
Hair loss can be caused by anemia and protein deficiency, Baxt says.

Hair-Loss Treatments

Several treatment options are available for hair loss and hair thinning . Your doctor may prescribe one or more of the following hair-loss treatments:
  • Testosterone-Blocking Drugs: Menopausal women have low estrogen level compared with testosterone. Treatments such as Aldactone (spironolactone) and Eulexin (flutamide) may help treat hair loss by blocking testosterone at the hair follicle.
  • Rogaine (Topical Minoxidil): This is the only treatment for female pattern baldness as approved by FDA. Rogaine helps stimulate new hair growth, it is available over the counter.
  • Treating Underlying ProblemsTreating thyroid disorder or any other underlying condition that is causing hair loss, can reverse the condition.
  • Topical or Injected Cortisone: This can help reverse some hair loss, particularly for people with alopecia areata.
  • Hair Transplantation: This is a surgical procedure which involves moving existing hair from scalp to thin spots. This procedure is very helpful for women because they usually have less bald area to cover when compared to men.
  • Laser Phototherapy: This is also called low-level laser therapy. Though the effectiveness of this light treatment is yet to be proven in most patients.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)A PRP session involves a technician drawing a patient’s blood, then spinning it to extract plasma. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the plasma contains platelets, which promote hair growth. The plasma is then injected into areas on the scalp affected by hair loss. PRP is expensive, though it works for most patients.
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