Discover details about male hair loss and female hair loss

In many ways, men and women are very similar. But one way the sexes differ is male hair loss and female hair loss. How hair loss affects each gender is unique, as are gender-specific causes and treatment plans.

The most common causes of hair loss in men and women

First, let's look at what male hair loss and female hair loss have in common. Genetics is the biggest factor in thinning or pattern baldness in both sexes. In fact, more than 95 percent of all cases are related to androgenic alopecia, regardless of gender. The condition affects more than three million Americans each year and is hereditary.

Androgenic alopecia is rooted in androgenic hormones such as testosterone. Although testosterone is an important part of male sexual development, this hormone is found in both sexes and affects men and women alike when it comes to hair growth.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a byproduct of testosterone to which men and women with pattern baldness have a genetic sensitivity. This genetic sensitivity to DHT causes hair follicles to shrink and stop producing hair.

Of course, androgenetic alopecia is not the only type of hair loss that can occur in men or women. Other factors can cause hair thinning or bleaching. In women, other hormonal connections to hair loss are the changes caused by menopause.

How does androgenetic alopecia male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness occur

Hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia is a hereditary condition in both men and women. However, how this loss occurs differs between the sexes.

Male pattern baldness occurs earlier than female hair loss. In fact, many men experience their first symptoms as early as adolescence. By the age of 35, about two-thirds of men with the condition already have noticeable thinning or bald spots. Furthermore, by age 50, 85 percent of affected men have significant loss in a predictable manner. This thinning in men usually starts at the front hairline, extending across the top of the head down to the crown.

On the contrary, women usually do not notice hair loss or thinning until the condition has been present for many years. Female hair loss associated with androgenetic alopecia usually occurs between the ages of 50 and 60. But unlike male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness occurs throughout the scalp, resulting in hair all over the head. Unfortunately, there is no clear pattern for this type of hair loss in women. Which of course is the opposite of male pattern baldness. For this reason, women should act quickly to treat when they notice the first signs.

Treatment of androgenetic alopecia

There are many treatments available for both male and female hair loss. It is important for each person to see a hair loss specialist to understand their hair loss pattern. Knowing the cause of hair loss first can help you choose the best hair restoration product. Some of the most commonly used treatments for male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss include:

Over the counter minoxidil hair care products
Prescribed finasteride oral tablets
Prescribed oral dutasteride tablets
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

If you notice signs of hair loss and suspect you may have androgenetic alopecia, it is important to schedule an appointment with a hair loss specialist. Certainly because assessment is the first step towards treatment. Early detection and diagnosis play a major role in your treatment options and eventual hair restoration. Schedule your visit to Dr. Andreia Milčevska, at the Rubenhair clinic today by calling or sending a WhatsApp message to +371 267 777 76

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