Hair Loss Types in Women

Hair loss types in women vary. They can be temporary or permanent. Alopecia is the general and medical name for hair loss. Alopecia occurs due to different reasons, and there are different types of it.

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Male pattern hair loss often starts on the hairlines, and can occur both in men and women, and female pattern hair loss often starts on the top of the scalp, and mainly occurs in women.

Shedding 50-100 hair strands per days is normal for all healthy adults. Losing more than that is not normal, and you should seek medical advice if that is the case with you. In some cases, hair loss is temporary. Once identified, it can be cured. Your hair is important. If you started to observe significant hair loss, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible because the right diagnosis can help cure the underlying condition, and stop hair loss. If the diagnosis is wrong, hair loss might resume.

Hair loss can occur due to genetic reasons or external factors (can be acquired). Malnutrition, hormonal imbalance during pregnancy, post-partum (post pregnancy), and menopause, infectious agents, stress, severe emotional stress, surgery, certain medications, over processing, autoimmune disorders, and so on can all cause hair loss in women.

A doctor with an expertise in hair loss, can identify the reasons for your hair loss, and the type of it. They might request some medical tests, scalp biopsy, or simply see your hair under the microscope. They will also need to ask your medical history to determine if the hair loss is due to genetic reasons.

After your diagnosis, you can start your treatment according to your hair loss type. For temporary hair loss, the key for treatment is to find the underlying conditions and treat them as soon as possible.

For genetic hair loss, your doctor can tell you the best. If needed, hair transplantation to the balding area is a permanent solution for female pattern hair loss.


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