Specifics of Female Hair Loss

Female hair loss can have several causes just like the men's form of hair loss. It can be caused by hormonal changes during and post menopause, after giving a birth, it can be due to alopecia areata or its different many forms, it can be stress induced (such as telogen effluvium) but the main cause of hair loss in women is the metabolite of the male hormone testosterone – dihydrotestosterone – also known as DHT, damaging and eventually killing the hair follicles. Although it may sound weird but female bodies also produce the male hormone testosterone that is being converted into DHT. This hereditary form of hair loss affects about 25% of women and it is usually most pronounced post menopause but it can start as early as in the teens. The main difference between the hair loss in men and women is in its shape – women lose their hair around their entire scalp, so that their hair loss is less noticeable since it is diffuse.

When it comes to hair loss treatments suitable for women they are in a short supply when compared to men's options. Although women can use Rogaine (minoxidil), usually only 2% strength minoxidil is being recommended to them in order to avoid unwanted facial hair growth. However, women cannot touch the men’s most powerful hair hair regrowth pill Propecia (finasteride) as it could cause irreparable harm to the male fetus should they be pregnant. However, there is one hair loss medication, which can be used by women that has shown to be quite effective in treating female form of hereditary hair loss. It is spironolactone also known as generic Aldactone. Generic Aldactone (spironolactone) apart from being a diuretic is also used to treat acne and excess body hair in women. In its hair growth promoting actions it is quite similar to the men’s most potent hair loss pill finasteride (Propecia), though it has never been approved for treating hair loss. Despite that many doctors prescribe spironolactone to their female hair loss patients as the treatment of the last resort. Male patients should avoid this medication due to its strong feminizing effects.

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