Why Is Female Hair Loss Different?

Women lose their hair too although it is less obvious. This is for many reasons. First, women tend to cover their thin spots using different hair systems and hair styles and secondly, their hair loss is usually diffuse. Female hair loss usually has different triggers than men’s form but the main reason while women lose their hair happens to be the same. It is the metabolite of the male hormone testosterone, called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), attacking their follicles, causing their miniaturization. However, their balding pattern is different. In men the whole hair follicle with all of its hairs is usually affected so that the whole follicle finally dies leaving the bald spot on the top of the head.

In women it is only some hairs within the follicle that are negatively affected by DHT so that there will usually be one or two hairs in each affected hair follicle surviving miniaturization. This leads to the diffuse balding pattern in female hair loss sufferers. Besides that women can see all of their hair follicles affected not only those on the top of their head. This makes them poor candidates for hair transplantation as the hair transplant surgeon cannot predict which follicles will not be affected by miniaturization in the future and can be transplanted. And lastly, the big difference is in treating female hair loss as women may not use the men’s best hair loss treatment – Propecia. However, there is an alternative that not too many female hair loss sufferers are aware of and that is Aldactone (spironolactone). For a change Aldactone may not be used to treat baldness in men but it is a relatively save and effective treatment for women as, besides other things, it is also used to treat hirsutism (excess body hair) and acne in women.

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