For many women experiencing thinning hair there can be feelings of embarrassment, inadequacy, and the loss of femininity. As a result women are not as quick to seek out treatment. However, hair loss in women is more common than you might think. As many as 5 percent of women under the age of 30 will experience some degree of female pattern baldness or hair loss. That number grows to 60 percent for women over the age of 70 years young.
Take the Hair Loss Test
To see if you’re a sufferer of female hair loss, take the Tug Test. Simply gather about 20-30 hairs, and hold then between your thumb and index finger. Pull the hairs slowly and firmly. If more than six hairs come out at the same time you might have a hair loss problem. Don’t panic! Some degree of hair loss is natural. Should you be in the percentage mentioned above, there’s good news. Hair loss treatments for women have come a long way.
Causes of Female Hair Loss
In women, hair may fall out for a wide variety of reasons including hormone imbalance, poor diet, or a reaction to medication. Age also effects the growth of your hair follicles. If you think you are losing hair faster than normal, speak with your primary doctor or dermatologist. Getting an accurate diagnosis will help determine whether your hair loss is temporary and reversible or something more significant such as androgenetic alopecia –also known as female pattern baldness.
Hair Loss Treatments for Women
Hair loss doesn’t have to be permanent. There are many hair regrowth treatment options for women including: Minoxidil 2% is the only topical medication approved by the FDA for female-pattern hair loss. It is available over the counter in liquid form and works by prolonging the growth phase of hair. Low-Level Laser Therapy options such as combs, in-office domes, and portable home units you wear like a hat, offer women the convenience of using treatment products in the privacy of their home or at their doctor's office. Hair transplantation is another option to consider. With this treatment, hair follicles are transplanted from one area of your scalp to another producing effective, permanent, and natural looking results. The Prescription Drug can be an effective treatment for some women. Two medication, spironolactone (brand name Aldactone) and finasteride (brand names Propecia and Proscar) are antiandrogen medications used to treat postmenopausal women (The drugs are not given to women of childbearing age as they may cause birth defects).About 50 percent of women with female pattern hair loss will likely see regrowth. Talking to your doctor or specialist before trying any treatment can help you determine which hair loss treatment option may be the most effective for you. To learn more about hair loss and regrowth treatment and product options or to consult with a Capillus specialist in your area click here or call Capillus for more information at (786)888-6249 or Toll-Free at 1 (888)272-9599.