What Causes Hair Loss

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It’s been thought that hair loss affects only men, but this just isn’t true. Women are frequent sufferers of hair loss, too. Hair loss causes are typically genetic or hormonal in nature, and pinpointing the cause is the best way to find an effective treatment.

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Hair Loss in Women 

Alopecia occurs in women of all ages, but it’s more frequently seen in women who are 50 to 60 years old.
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Genetics

Genetics plays the biggest role in female hair loss. The condition is known as female pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness results in thinning hair in women instead of total hair loss like men get. If women in your family have experienced excessive hair loss or baldness, then it’s possible you’ll be affected, too. Ask these family members how old they were when they began to lose their hair. Genetics affects the age when you’ll start to lose hair as well as how quickly it progresses and how bad it is. While genetic hair loss most commonly occurs in older women, some pattern baldness may begin during puberty.
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Hormonal Changes

Hormones play a huge part in how the female body functions and hormonal changes are often responsible for unsavory changes like hair loss. Whether the hair loss is temporary or permanent depends on the specific hormone change and how drastically it changes. A hormone change brought on by pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause commonly increases hair loss but it’s usually temporary. A thyroid imbalance also leads to hair loss, but it can be stopped with proper medical management.

Risk Factors

The most common risk factors in women include family history, age, medical conditions like lupus and diabetes, excessive or overwhelming stress, and poor nutrition (including malnutrition).
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Hair Loss Causes in Men 

The most common cause of male hair loss is similar to the causes of female hair loss, but the main cause is a combination of genetics and hormones.

Genetics and Hormones

If you’re a man with male pattern baldness, you probably inherited it from your father or grandfather. What’s unique about male pattern baldness is you’re born with hair follicles sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When a follicle is sensitive to DHT, the follicle shrinks and eventually stops creating hair. Women’s hair only thins with female pattern baldness, but male pattern baldness begins with a receding hairline and a visible thinning of hair on the crown. Over time, this pattern advances into total baldness on the top of your head, resulting in the horseshoe rim of hair on the lower parts of your scalp.

Men are lucky to have pharmaceutical treatments to battle your hair loss. Certain prescription drugs decrease the follicles’ sensitivity to DHT and surgical hair replacement stimulates suitable hair growth.

Thanks to medical advancements, many male patients are able to prevent, stop, or even reverse hair loss. The same breakthroughs haven’t occurred yet for women, but depending on the cause, the hair loss can be stopped. If you’re experiencing hair loss, it’s important to talk to the professionals to discover the underlying cause and develop an effective treatment plan. Hair loss isn’t always unavoidable, but it is manageable.