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Women with Hair Loss

Tests to Discover the Cause of Female Hair Loss

Hair loss is very common in men but what's lesser known is how surprisingly common some form or version of hair loss can be in women. Yet, for some reason, people still seem shocked when they see a woman with thinning hair, female pattern baldness or bald spots. The reality is however, women suffer from hair loss too but unlike men who are more than likely experiencing male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, other causes of hair loss in women are typical and should be ruled out before determining a woman has female pattern baldness.

There are certain signs and hair loss patterns that may indicate that a female is experiencing a certain type of hair loss. Some types of hair loss have very specific causes while others could be caused by multiple things. For instance, thinning hair all over the scalp may be an indication of telogen effluvium (diffuse unpatterned alopecia), a hair loss condition typically caused by a "stressor" such as medication, trauma, low ferritin levels, a thyroid condition, an iron deficiency, etc. Despite misconceptions that some have, daily every day stress does not cause hair loss. In many cases, finding and treating the "stressor" responsible can stop and even reverse the hair loss. A large receding hairline all throughout the frontal region of the scalp, including the sides of the scalp may be an indication of traction alopecia. This is typicalloy caused by unintentional pulling on the hair follicles by wearing extremely tight pony tails or braiding for a long period of time. These are just a few examples. Learn more about "female hair loss" and other types of alopecia hair loss that can affect both men and women.

Women with thinning hair are often advised to see a trichologist, dermatologist or medical doctor who can all provide specific tests to determine the cause of a particular female's hair loss. Once the cause is found, a proper treatment can be discussed and implemented.

Did your dermatologist perform a detailed medical exam and scalp analysis? While certain medication and/or hormones can cause male or female hair loss, a more thorough examination should help to uncover the reasons for your hair loss and determine suitable treatments.

A dermatologist, trichologist, or hair restoration specialist should be able to perform the evaluation and tests necessary to pinpoint or at least narrow down the cause of your hair loss. If the dermatologist you’re consulting with isn’t being thorough, you are encouraged to find someone who will be.

Bill - Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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