Updated: Mar 7, 2020
Here is what you need to know
Androgenetic Alopecia is commonly known as female pattern baldness is a disorder that causes hair loss in women. Research shows that the effect of this disorder is almost similar to male pattern baldness with the exception of patterns that are different in both men and women.
According to Healthline, Androgenic Alopecia is mainly due to genetics or hereditary factors. The poor production of androgen, a hormone can also lead to patterned hair loss in women.
In general hair loss is mostly caused by hormones. In both male and female sexes, Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is the specific hormone that causes hair loss. It is a byproduct of testosterone needed by both women and men for promoting strong bones and muscles.
Causes of Androgenic Alopecia
Androgenic Alopecia or female pattern baldness is a result of genetic defects. If one of your parents has suffered from this disorder, you are likely to get it too.
As mentioned above, there are other causes of female pattern baldness including androgen hormone, which is released from the ovary or tumors of the pituitary gland. This hormone is responsible for hair loss in women.
A number of research studies show that traction alopecia, various medical conditions, medications, and autoimmune diseases can also cause androgenic alopecia.
For instance, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that occurs rarely – but causes the immune system of the person to affect the hair follicles, which eventually leads to hair loss in women.
Traction alopecia is characterized by tightly pulling of the hair as well as making different hairstyles. Braids, pigtails, and ponytails used by women can cause this disorder. So, basically, this is a form of female pattern disorder and causes hair loss from the front.
In addition, hair loss in women may also occur – as an adverse effect – after suffering from specific illnesses. This may include high fever, severe infection, cancer, or even head surgery. Medicines that people use for treating cancer and related diseases can also affect hair follicles.
What Is The Best Treatment For Female Pattern Baldness?
There are various ways and/or methods to treat female pattern baldness. It is important to know that the type of treatment prescribed by the health professional depends on the severity of the disorder and the probability of healing or recovering.
When it comes to medications, Minoxidil is a common drug prescribed by doctors to both women and men to treat hair loss. If you are suffering from female pattern baldness, you can apply this liquid-form medication on your scalp daily to stimulate the growth of hair. There are no guaranteed results though, and topical hair loss solutions like Minoxidil may or may not work for everyone.
Research shows that some medications that are taken orally are also beneficial in stopping hair loss in females. These medications belong to the diuretics group, which are used to remove excess water from different parts of the body.
Diuretics can also stop the production of androgen to prevent loss of hair in females and trigger the regrowth process. However, Diuretics can also cause side effects including dizziness, nausea, and dryness of the mouth. Please, consult with your healthcare professional before using any above-mentioned hair loss solutions.
Many clinical studies have shown that low-level laser therapy can be used for the stimulation of hair growth. Laser therapy treatment is applicable to both men and women. Although it may not give you the desired hair fullness and density, it is still worth trying.
Taking essential dietary supplements plus applying essential oils to your hair can naturally treat this disorder. Reducing your stress levels, doing exercise, yoga, deep breathing, and proper diet strengthen your hair follicles and regrow your hair.
And lastly, another very effective and non-surgical option for hair loss is Scalp Micropigmentation, also known as Hair Tattoo or Medical Tattoo.