As with Male Hair Loss, the vast majority of women suffering from hair loss or hair thinning are affected by genetic causes. However an extremely thorough history and medical examination and detailed blood testing can help uncover other causes. These cause may include but are not limited to:
- Hair Styling and Chemical Hair Treatments
- Hormonal Influences - caused by the Oral Contraceptive Pill and HRT or hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, puberty and menopause can cause hair loss
- Medical Conditions – Stress, Thyroid Disorders, Iron Deficiency
- Medications – certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can cause hair loss.
- Stress - stress can affect the health of the scalp by limiting blood supply and nutrients to hair follicles
- Dietary Deficiencies – Iron Deficiency are one of many dietary deficiencies that can lead to hair loss
Stages of Hair Loss in Women
Women who present with hair loss are classified by the Ludwig Classification System:
Early Hair Loss in the Midline of the Scalp
Moderate Hair Loss affecting the Midline of the Scalp. Both Thinning and Loss are seen here.
Marked Hair Loss characterized by a more global appearance.