Most people know that losing hair is a very common condition among men. This is because more than 70% of men will develop male pattern baldness. However, did you know that it is quite common in women too? While not as rampant among women as it is in men, a lot of women do experience hair fall. Also, women have a harder time getting treatment for this kinds of problem for a variety of reasons, one of them being their androgen levels.
With men, doctors readily prescribe drugs to treat loss of hair – this is not the case with women, however. Many of the drugs that are used to treat the problem can actually affect the androgen levels of women. Androgens are hormones that may play a part in a hair growth in women. Too many androgens can cause a woman to lose hair, however. Likewise, an abnormal response to normal levels of androgens can also produce the problem.
Because of differences in biology, hair loss solutions for women are limited. Nevertheless, they do exist. If you are a woman suffering from the condition, you should not lose hope yet. A visit to the doctor can sort out which treatments will possibly work for you
What are the different hair loss solutions for women?
Minoxidil is a drug that is commonly used to treat hair fall in men. In some cases, it is also used for hair fall in women. Only 2% Minoxidil is indicated for use when treating female, though – this is because the FDA still hasn’t tested 5% Minoxidil for treating women.
- Androgen Receptor Inhibitors
These drugs work by making the production of androgen slower. It also prevents them from binding to their receptors. Obviously, this treatment works that is caused by an overproduction of androgens. Aldactone and Tagamet are common examples of Androgen Receptor Inhibitors
- Oral Contraceptives
Oral contraceptives have the side effect of decreasing androgen production. Because of this, some women are asked by their doctors to take them for hair problems. Precautions should be taken however as the use of oral contraceptives may put some women at risk. Women who smoke should not use oral contraceptives to treat the problem as it would make them more prone to blood clots and other serious medical conditions.
These are just some of the treatments women can undergo to treat their problem. For some women, though, accepting the problem is the best solution. Losing hair should not make women feel that they are becoming less beautiful because of it. When women suffer from poor self-image because of hair fall, undergoing psychological counseling or psychotherapy may be the best thing to do. In the long run, psychological treatment might actually prove to be more beneficial to women than undergoing treatments.
Women who are suffering from losing hair shouldn’t lose hope. Although their treatment options are fewer, these treatment options can treat many forms of female loss. With each day that passes, we are getting closer and closer to a perfect cure for hair loss. I’m optimistic that in time, no woman will ever suffer from hair fall ever again.