Losing your hair can be a traumatic experience for anyone. But for women, hair loss can have a particularly negative affect on your sense of self and emotional well-being.
A full head of hair is often associated with beauty and a positive self-image, so there’s a psychological toll that can come from hair loss. To make matters worse, female hair loss is rarely discussed in the media or the medical community, making it harder for women to talk openly about their condition and how to address it.
Despite what you might think, hair loss in women is actually quite common. In fact, nearly 40% of people with at least some visible hair loss by age 40 are women. While there are close to 30 different conditions that can cause hair loss in women, just a few are responsible for the majority of cases. Fortunately, most can be resolved with proper treatment.
By far the most common type of hair loss in women is female pattern hair loss. Known as androgenetic alopecia (the same term used to describe male pattern hair loss), this hereditary condition can be passed down from either or both sides of your family.
Women’s hairlines rarely recede like men’s. Instead, it usually begins with hair loss radiating from the top of your head. This diffuse thinning slowly spreads across your scalp.
Prompt treatment is recommended when you experience noticeable thinning. For the best treatment results, don’t wait for it to get worse. An Assure specialist can help you determine which treatments are best suited for your hair loss.
If you’re unsure of the cause of your hair loss or whether it can be treated, it’s always best to first visit your healthcare provider so he or she can confirm or rule out any possible medical causes of your hair loss.