Although hair loss may seem to be a more prominent problem among men, women are nearly as likely to lose hair. Earlier, women started showing signs of hair loss in their 50s. However, they are now experiencing it at a much younger age, due to a variety of reasons.
Female-pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is one of the most common forms of hair loss after male-pattern baldness. Also known as alopecia diffusa, it is characterised by hair loss and widening of the hair parting along with a reduction in the density as well as the volume of hair.
There is a distinctive relationship in women between their mother, sisters, aunts and grandmothers, when it comes to hair thinning patterns. Unlike men, genetic hair loss in women affects the back of the head and also the sides.
The mechanism of female-pattern baldness is believed to be similar to that of male-pattern baldness, with the bulk of the damage being done due to hormonal changes in the body. Genetic disposition, combined with sensitivity to the dihydrotestosterone hormone, are the primary triggers for this condition.
Female-pattern baldness can affect females from their teenage years. It also occurs commonly after menopause. Without medication, female-pattern baldness tends to progress in its severity.
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