Hardly anyone is happy about hair loss, whether men or women. However, while we do consider it a natural and expected development in men, it’s more of a taboo when it comes to women, even though 40-50% of women experience some degree of hair loss.
Due to the social stigma associated with hair loss in women it can cause great emotional distress, low self-esteem and a feeling of not being attractive.
Diagnosing hair loss in women
Hair loss in women can be due to a number of reasons and My Hair Clinic would usually want to rule out any correctable underlying disease or conditions before suggesting any treatment. In some cases the diagnosis may be more obvious and a treatment plan can be chalked out by our surgeons.
As part of the investigations for hair loss in women we may need to consider
- Thyroid disease, including hypo- and hyperthyroid
- Sex hormone changes
- Anemia due to excessive bleeding during periods or from other causes
- Fungal infections
- Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrom (PCOS)
- Malnutrition, including deficiencies in protein and iron
- Deficiency in Vit D and calcium (very common)
Hair styles, especially traction alopecia which is a relatively common cause of hair loss in Afro-american women or women pulling their hair as part of styling
Physcial and mental stress
And many other causes
The treatment of hair loss depends greatly on the analysis of each case. In some cases treatment of the underlying disease is sufficient, while in other cases a medical or surgical treatment would be required.
Apart from treating any underlying condition the treatment may include PRP, Microneedling, Minxodil, anti-fungal medicines and/or surgery – or any combination thereof.
Kindly contact My Hair Clinic to set up an appointment as a first step to deal with your hair loss.