We currently live in an age where women’s rights are being given the utmost importance in countries around the world. That being said, the right to seek medical knowledge is still quite limited for millions of women. In comparison to all the medical disorders that you can experience, hair loss is something that is not very threatening at all. However, it is still a big problem that needs to be addressed and understood. Unfortunately, women often find it difficult to acquire proper knowledge about the types of hair loss that affect them.
Yes, hair loss in men and women are not the same. They differ. In fact, they differ by a huge margin at times. Most of the information on hair loss that is posted on the internet is catered for the male demographic. There are very few blogs and internet forums that specifically discuss female hair loss. This is why a lot of women end up resorting to hair loss solutions that are designed for men. Such forms of hair loss maltreatment can be very detrimental. Not only are male hair loss solutions ineffective for women, but they can actually aggravate female hair loss.
Female hair loss pattern is very different from the male ones. The pattern has been broadly categorized into three main groups. These three categories of female hair loss pattern have been mentioned and described in detail below:
1) Androgenetic Alopecia
This is dubbed as the most common form of hair loss in women. It does not only affect women in the West, but also those in other parts of the world. An alternative name for androgenetic alopecia is female pattern alopecia (most people prefer to use this name instead of the other one). The term alopecia refers to baldness of any kind. It is important to realize that female pattern alopecia is not the same as male baldness. There are several differences between the two, and understanding these differences are pivotal in successfully preventing or treating androgenetic alopecia. If a woman or a girl is suffering from androgenetic alopecia, it does not necessarily mean that she is suffering from complete baldness. Alopecia is characterized by hair thinning on top of the head and the crown part of the head.
This severe hair loss complications stems from the shrinking of hair follicles under the scalp. For those of you who are not aware, the hair follicles are responsible for the growth of new hair shafts. If hair follicles shrink, hair growth is significantly hindered. In certain cases, hair follicles can disappear completely, which leads to the complete stoppage of hair growth. When androgenetic alopecia sets in, the hair follicles are reduced in size which causes them to produce finer hair with shorter lifespan. When hair lifespan is shortened, hair loss becomes imminent.
Androgenetic alopecia or female pattern alopecia affects women when they are going through periods of hormonal changes, such as the one that is experience during pregnancy or the post menopause phase. Women who are on birth control pills can go through female pattern alopecia as well. Furthermore, women who endure high levels of stress in their daily lives can fall victims to female pattern alopecia.
2) Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is not as common as androgenetic alopecia, but it is perhaps a much more vicious form of hair loss that women need to be wary of. Alopecia areata starts off as a round bald patch on the head. It gradually progresses into total hair loss in the scalp region. Alopecia areata can be described as an autoimmune disorder. There are several factors that are responsible for this disorder including acute stressors, high fever, fungal infection, bacterial infection and a series of traumatic experiences.
Alopecia areata can affect any woman. No one is immune from this autoimmune disorder. When a woman goes through alopecia areata, her hair follicles do not die. Instead, they enter an indefinite period of inactivity. As a result, there is always the possibility of treating this disorder through timely hair loss therapy.
3) Telogen Effluvium
Telogen effluvium affects numerous women across the world every single year. The other name for telogen effluvium is diffuse hair loss. If you experience the thinning of hair throughout the scalp region, then chances are that you are likely to suffer from telogen effluvium. Women are affected by telogen effluvium due to internal health complications which include hormonal disturbances, high levels of stress, chronic illness and nutritional deficiencies.
Women who go through telogen effluvium may or may not experience complete baldness. This form of hair loss can be cured successfully with the help of proper medical intervention. Telogen effluvium is a pretty big problem mainly because it is quite difficult to notice the hair loss during the initial stages of this disorder. By the time the hair thinning is noticed, the woman is already in an advanced phase of hair loss.