Female pattern hair loss is a form of hair loss that affects women who have androgenic alopecia. There are a lot of older women that are affected by this and studies show that even up to 40% of women show signs of this before they are 50.
This begins with the hair on the scalp thinning due to an increased amount of hair shedding or a decrease in the amount of hair growing or sometimes both. For people with this condition, it’s normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100+ hairs a day. Unfortunately, it shares this symptom with chronic telogen effluvium and it’s important to be able to tell the difference between the two because the efforts to manage them are different.
Male pattern baldness presents itself very differently than female pattern hair loss does. Men tend to start balding with a receding frontal hairline and they end up with a bald patch on the top of their head. Most women who experience hair loss do not follow this pattern unless they have a high production of androgen hormones.
While androgens play an obvious role in male pattern baldness, researchers aren’t sure whether they play a role in female pattern baldness.
Some hair shedding on a daily basis is very normal, but if you’re losing a fairly large sized clump of hair every day, it’s something to be concerned with.
Hair on your scalp grows in tufts of 3 or 4 hairs per follicle, but with female pattern baldness, those begin and continue to lose hair until a bald patch appears.
The effects of hair loss
The cosmetic effects of hair loss are obvious, but what is less obvious to most people is the psychological distress that it can cause. Hair loss can be associated with severe drops in self-esteem and a marked increase in depression.
Many women who experience female pattern hair loss may also have other health problems and the baldness occurs as a symptom of these issues. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of these, but congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which is less common, may also be responsible.
There are a few different treatments for FPHL, but it isn’t curable as of yet. Hormonal treatments can be tried and sometimes help. Minoxidil and spironolactone have also been proven to help improve hair growth.
A commercial product called ZX42 has been available for a while now and customer testimonials say that it’s been effective for them. No clinical trials have been done, however.
Even though you start a treatment for this, you should spend at least 6 months on one before determining whether there has been any significant progress.