Heredity is the main cause for hair loss in women, followed by stress, poor diet and illness. Hair from healthy individuals grow from the follicle at an average rate of about 1/2 an inch per month. Strands of hair grow for about 2-6 years, then they rest and fall out. About 85% of your hair is growing and 15% is resting.
Other causes of female baldness, when the hair falls out and is not replaced by new hair, include:
- Skin diseases that may have scarred the hair follicles
- Iron deficiency
- Chemotherapy and beta blocker medications
- Vitamin deficiency
If you believe you may be suffering from female hair loss below are some symptoms to look out for and discuss with your doctor.
- Your hair is thinning on the top and the crown of the scalp.
- The front hairline is remaining.
- Hair loss in women doesn’t usually result in total baldness or near total baldness like it does in men.
There are ways to prevent hair loss in women. Taking over the counter or prescription medications is an affordable treatment for hair loss in women. Topical creams, lotions and shampoos also have proven to help with hair loss in both men and women. If you are serious about treating your hair loss you can also discuss surgical options with your doctor.
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