Female Pattern Baldness
Hormones, genes, inheritance and aging are four of the causes of female pattern baldness. A poor diet and stress can also contribute to the condition. Female pattern baldness is usually not indicative of an underlying medical condition, but can be in some cases. Unless treated, is usually permanent. Some women report that the condition adversely affects their self esteem.
On average, a single hair grows from its follicle about ½ inch each month. The same hair will remain in the scalp and experience growth for from 2 to 6 years. Then growth stops and a resting period takes place. Upon completion of the resting period, the hair falls out.
Baldness takes place when the hair that falls out is not replaced by a new hair growing in its place. Female pattern baldness occurs when the thinning of hair takes place primarily on the crown and top of the scalp. The baldness is usually first noticed when a center part begins to widen. Unlike male pattern baldness, the female manifestation of the condition rarely leads to complete baldness.
One recommended treatment for female pattern baldness is the application of a 2% solution of minoxidil directly to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. Some regrowth can occur after two months. However, if the medication is discontinued, […]