Are You Heading For Baldness?

Although we don’t see bald women too often, still lots of women do experience the problem of hair loss. Since baldness is mostly associated with men, when women experience hair loss there is bound to be some panic, because the thought of being hair less, for a women, is quite embarrassing and one which is difficult to live with.

Women too can experience complete baldness due to hair loss, however in most cases it is usually thinning of hair that is seen. This hair loss can be a temporary feature say during pregnancy or menopause, however when left ignored hair loss can become permanent. If a woman is experiencing hair loss because of a certain medical condition, the hair loss would normally subside once the medical condition is taken care of.

The problem of permanent hair loss which gradually develops into balding is termed as alopecia in the medical lingo, and although men are more likely to suffer from this problem, over the years there has been a growth in the number of women patients too.

Apart from alopecia, hair loss may also be experienced because of an imbalance in the hormones, due to excessive stress or as we mentioned earlier it may be triggered because of some other medical condition. Malfunctioning of thyroid and diabetes are some of the medical problems which can aggravate hair loss.

As for treating baldness and hair loss, in women, there are several available options depending upon what is the basic cause of hair loss. In most cases doctors prefer to use topical treatment instead of pills and medication. Minoxidil is one of the most commonly used topical treatment for restoring hair loss, and although it does help a lot of people you can never be sure whether it will work in your case. But anyways, it’s not too dangerous a chemical formulation so you can always give it a try.

As an imbalance in hormones has been attributed as the major cause of hair loss in women, if such as your case, a hormone replacement therapy may show some good results. In hormone replacement therapy, the patient is given estrogen or progesterone hormone supplements to raise hormone levels which will in turn promote the growth of hair.

So, do check with your doctor to see what kind of a treatment would be needed in your case, because at times it may just be a minor vitamin deficiency. So whatever it is let your doctor find out the reason and prescribe a treatment accordingly.

Sidharth Thakur