Hair loss is definitely a psychological challenge for many women. Thinning hair can make a woman feel old and less attractive. There are a few different causes for hair loss in women and they differ based on the balding pattern. Unlike men, not many women suffer from outright baldness.

Some women may experience genetic hair loss. This occurs in about 10 percent of all women who experience hair loss. Generalized thinning may not always be genetic, and women should have a complete medical examination performed to rule out any medical conditions that could be causing their hair loss. Some medical conditions that can cause balding in women include thyroid disease, anemia, iron deficiency, severe dieting or eating disorders, autoimmune diseases, and medications including birth control pills, sedatives, and steroids.

Pregnancy may also have an effect on the delicate hormonal balance and some women experience a disturbing cycle in which their hair is thicker and more lush and then after the baby is born the hair may fall out. Normally this hair loss isn't permanent but it can take up to a year or more for hair growth to return to normal levels. Also, due to hormonal fluctuations, over 50 percent of women who go through menopause experience significant hair loss.

Many women have learned how to conceal their hair loss with a new hairstyle. However, this can only work for so long. Sometimes layering or pulling the hair back in a pony tail can hide thinning hair pretty well. Wigs and other hair replacement systems can be used to conceal thinning hair. Hair extensions and attachments can also be used. Women often desire to have thick, luxurious hair and using these systems can often help improve a woman's level of confidence and self-esteem.

There are two prescription medications that are made for women with hair loss. These include spironolactone and cyproterone acetate. Men should not take these medications because they can elicit a decreased sex drive. Currently cyproterone acetate is only available in Europe in combination with estrogen for use as an oral contraceptive.

Unfortunately, most women aren't good candidates for a hair transplant. Women generally don't have a good donor supply of healthy hair in the areas where they need hair most--over the scalp and including the fringe area on the sides and back of the head. This thin donor supply greatly increases the chance for poor results. If you're a woman looking for solutions to your hair loss problem, you should seek the advice of some of the many doctors and cosmetic specialists who focus on this type of care.

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