When we talk about androgenic alopecia, we usually mean hair loss in men. However, male pattern baldness in women also exists. Let’s try to figure out once again how the disease develops, what symptoms you can notice, and how to treat male pattern baldness in female patients.
Basic information about androgenic alopecia in women
Steroid-type hormones called androgens make an important part of the male body. In fact, this substance has almost nothing to do with ladies. However, even a slight exceeding of the physiological (minimal) norm of androgens in the female body leads to unpleasant consequences, including hair loss.
First of all, such baldness happens due to endocrine disorders, or hormonal imbalance. In addition, the following factors can affect the development of male pattern baldness in women:
- constant stress
- poor lifestyle, especially alcohol abuse and smoking
- unbalanced diet
- abnormalities in the activity of the ovaries (with such symptoms as irregular periods)
- heredity (genetic sensitivity of follicles to androgens)
Symptoms of male pattern baldness in women
Unfortunately, women often do not even notice the problem. In particular, this happens because the symptoms of the disease seem similar to quite common seasonal hair loss. However, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible and begin treatment in case you notice the following symptoms:
- gradual, but noticeable hair thinning
- thinning of hair in the forehead and central parting
- changes in hair color (loss of pigmentation)
- acne on the face and back
- hair growth in atypical places (primarily on the face)
- severe hair loss that continues regardless of the season
As a rule, if a women suspects androgenic alopecia, she should pass a blood test for hormones and a trichogram.
How to treat male alopecia in women?
Modern medicine offers several therapies, and each has its own pros and cons. In particular, at the initial stage of the disease, the doctor may prescribe medications. The pills could help stop hair loss, and sometimes even restore hair follicles. On the other hand, a patient should combine such treatment with topical preparations or at least cosmetics. Moreover, quite often, women have to take medications for alopecia for life.
Some rely on folk remedies. Unfortunately, in the case of male pattern baldness in women they cannot help at all. Also, some rely on surgery. However, hair follicle transplantation in women, as well as in men, carries many risks. This complex and expensive procedure does not always lead to success. Moreover, it has contraindications.
In any case, you can add mesotherapy or physiotherapy to the treatment selected by the doctor.