by April Reinhardt
(last updated November 15, 2011)
Oftentimes when we think of hair loss or balding, we think of middle-aged men. Yet excessive hair loss can and does occur in women, as well as children. In males and females, children or adults, excessive hair loss is known as alopecia. There are several kinds of alopecia:
Women mostly experience thinning hair instead of wide patches of baldness due to thyroid conditions, digestive problems, and hormonal changes. When those conditions are addressed, females usually experience hair regrowth. In some instances, however, hair does not regrow due to follicle damage.
Some steps to follow to address and treat female hair loss are:
Minoxidil products, such as Rogaine, are applied topically to the scalp, and women have a greater success rate with hair regrowth using minoxidil than do men. Minoxidil is the only medicine approved by the FDA specifically to treat hair loss.
Other medicines that restore hair growth are prescribed to treat other maladies, with hair regrowth as simply an added benefit of taking the prescription. A few of those medications are:
Fortunately, female hair loss can be temporary. Find the cause of your hair loss, discuss with your doctor solutions to correct the underlying problems, and you may experience hair regrowth. If not, there are viable options found with wigs and hair weaves, and other cosmetic enhancers.
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