Hair loss in women is often a very big challenge because appearance is often of utmost
importance, especially in a competitive workplace. Workers who continually have to
appear in product presentations and team building activities are judged first by
their appearance, and then by their actual performance.
This often drives women to conceal the hair loss through a variety of creative techniques.
Usually, the condition progresses to a particular stage where new hairstyles and
dyes no longer suffice for the purpose of concealing the alopecia.
Genetics Hair Loss
Only a fraction of the balding woman population experiences the alopecia because
of genetic influences (10%). The big difference between male pattern baldness and
female pattern baldness is that the males experience a receding hairline while females
Females have a persistent hairline while males don’t. The hair loss in females takes
place behind this persistent hairline; so women give off the impression that they
are not ‘balding’ based on the pattern for males.
However, the thinning hair is severe throughout the pattern. Usually, women experience
a diffuse type of alopecia, which means even the sides and back part of the scalp
experience extreme hair fall. It doesn’t matter what the woman is doing; the hair
would still fall during bathing, combing or even while sleeping.
Perimenopausal Hair Loss
Women who are in their perimenopausal stage usually experience diffuse alopecia.
How can doctors determine whether you’re perimenopausal or not?
A doctor can request for a test that measure the amount of follicle stimulation hormone
and luteinizing hormone in a woman’s system.
When the levels of both these hormones are elevated, the doctor can conclude that
the person is approaching menopause. During menopause, the estrogen levels in the
body drop precipitously. Apart from hot flashes, mood swings and painful feelings
during intercourse, hair loss manifests.
One of the more noticeable differences between male pattern baldness and female pattern
baldness the increased incidence of miniaturization of the hair follicles.
Miniaturization doesn’t necessarily mean that the hairs are in their terminal or
death stage. It just means that there isn’t enough moisture and nutrients feeding
the hairs. The miniaturized hairs can still be recovered by some pharmaceutical preparations;
however, complete renewal of the hairs is not completely plausible.
It should be noted that these hairs would not be accompanying you for decades. Eventually,
the hairs would enter their terminal stage and eventually fall off the scalp. When
you begin seeing a large percentage of your hair entering its miniaturization stage,
it’s a warning sign that there’s something going on in your scalp.
You should act quickly to ward off the progression of the condition. Using natural
pharmaceutical remedies for hair loss can often help in fighting hair fall. Though
complete hair growth is still in the horizon, it’s better to keep whatever hair you
still have and look good, longer.
You might also be interested in asking your doctor about estrogen treatments to balance
the amount of testosterone and estrogen in your bloodstream. More testosterone means
more dihydrotesterone; and dihydrotesterone does not perform a renewing function
in persons of advanced age.