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Women's Guide to Androgenetic Alopecia

Learn about the condition, how to diagnose your situation, get the tests, and get treatment.

Over 20 million women in the United States alone, are suffering from some type of hair loss. This does not take into account the rest of the world, and a little less than half are under 40 years of age. The emotional effects of hair loss range from anxiety and depression, to frustration and poor self-esteem. Fortunately there are more options available now, to help slow down and even reverse hair loss in women.

Womens Hair Loss

The most important step in the search for answers is to educate yourself. Being proactive both in your research of treatments, and in communication with your doctor, are extremely important.

Unlike male hair loss, female hair loss many times doesn't have a straight-forward cause. As a result, treating it can be a more complex process. If you are reading this guide, you are experiencing the various forms of thinning hair or hairline recession seen in some women.

If you are experiencing patchy hair loss or total hair loss, you should instead focus on our Guide to Women's Alopecia.

Many physicians subscribe to the theory that women with thinning hair should immediately begin a regimen of growth stimulants. This thinking is reasonable as the cause of the hair loss has not yet been determined, and growth stimulants can begin stimulating new hair growth despite whatever is causing the loss.

Like men's hair loss however, there are underlying causes. The good news is that a large percent of women's hair loss is completely reversible. This ray of sunlight is not available to the guys, so allow yourself some hope with it. Once a thinning hair treatment regimen has been started, the focus turns towards working with your physician to run the necessary tests, and rule out, or rule-in the possible causes. At that point, assuming its a cause that can be addressed, you can begin to actually stop the hair loss at the source.

As with men, the most common causes of hair loss in women are hormonally related. Whether it is an overactive thyroid, after effects of menopause or pregnancy, or a genetic hormonal response to an autoimmune condition - - there usually is a specific reason why women lose their hair. The key is to find out what the reason is, and to then evaluate your options in dealing with it.

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