Experiencing thinning hair can be devastating and demoralizing for a woman, and because it’s often thought of as a ‘mans’ issue, many will suffer in silence. Sadly, the embarrassment, fear and shame many experience will keep them from sharing their symptoms, even with their doctor. “Thinning hair makes me feel like I am less of a woman”, is a mantra we often hear among patients.

You’re Not Alone

Reports estimate up to 60 percent of women will experience hair loss at some point or another in their life. The reasons can vary from woman to woman. Generally speaking, hair loss in women can be attributed to pregnancy, hormones (low estrogen level, thyroid (too much or too little), high androgen), stress, allergic reaction to medication, a medical condition or a genetic condition called androgenetic alopecia.

Help! I’m Losing It!

Androgenetic alopecia in women, or more commonly referred to as female patterned baldness, occurs when hair falls out and new hair does not grow in its place. Family history, aging, certain skin and autoimmune diseases as well as low iron and vitamin B can all play a part in female hair loss. Symptoms of thinning hair in women appear differently from male hair loss. In women, hair thins mainly on the top and crown. Women often notice their hair thinning when they go to part their hair on the top of their head. The good news, unlike male patterned baldness, hair loss in women rarely progress to total baldness.

The Good, the Bad, And the Helpful

When it comes to hair loss treatment for women, the good news is that many of the causes of hair loss are treatable, and some of the causes just need a little time to correct. For example, if your hair loss was the result of a specific event such as pregnancy or medication allergy, your hair will likely grow back in time. For chronic conditions, over-the-counter treatments may help stop your hair thinning loss and may even re-grow some hair. Laser hair treatments have been very effective in addressing hair loss in women. The really good news is that there are a lot of treatment options available to women. Don’t let fear, shame, or embarrassment stop you from talking to a medical professional. We encourage you to find out what the best treatment options are available to you. There are physicians you can visit to help review your options. Find one here. There are also online resources available such as: http://www.americanhairloss.org/ and http://www.hairlosstalk.com/resources/hair-loss-links.php We also encourage you to call Capillus for more information at (786) 888 6249 or Toll-Free at 1 (888) 272-9599.