The value a woman places on her hair is high. Women obsess over their hair, how to wear it, the colour, length and style and then one day they notice maybe their normal part is a bit wider then it had been before, or perhaps that their ponytail is not as thick as it used to be. This should be your cue to schedule an appointment – not with your hairdresser but with a hair loss expert.
Hair Loss and Hormones
Some causes of hair loss in women are signs of other things going on in your body, which is why talking to your doctor about this seemingly embarrassing situation can be helpful. Your doctor will want to know about any other symptoms and take some tests. Your test results will offer your doctor some clues to what’s causing your hair loss. Especially important will be hormone levels since the drop in certain hormones can lead to hair loss. There are some things that can cause hair loss that you may not even think of some medications have the side effect of hair loss, a dramatic crash diet limiting your nutrients may starve your body and your hair of vital nutrients, even certain hair styles that add more stress on your hair can be the culprit.
Around 60 percent of women will deal with hair loss at some point in their lives. Tell-tale signs that the culprit is female pattern baldness are a family history of either male of female pattern baldness and looking at a woman’s scalp with a magnifying glass and noting hair follicles of different sizes.
Treatments Are Available
Once you have been diagnosed with female pattern baldness it is important to understand that there are treatment options available to you which your doctor will discuss with you. There are prescription treatments available that may be available to you, such as Spironolactone and Finasteride medications that can be prescribed to postmenopausal women.
Unlike men, women tend to retain a line of hair on the forehead and experience a thinning in the part of their hair. This leaves options like hair teasing, different hairstyles and thickening treatments such as shampoos and serums available at the drugstore, as viable options to help cover over the loss or make it less noticeable. For those looking for more permanent choices and who are willing to consider it hair transplant surgeries are an option, hair is surgically moved from one place on the scalp to another.
One of the best treatments for female hair loss is revolutionary Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). The benefits of a laser cap are numerous: patients can do it at home in their own time so treatments are regular, making them it more effective, and the cap has 224 laser diodes which cover a substantial area of the scalp. To see an improvement in hair loss, a laser cap needs to be worn just 30 minutes a day, every other day.
Whichever way you choose to manage your hair loss, it may be helpful know that there are options out there and that this experience is faced by many other people all over the world.
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