Dr Ruthie Harper Austin TX

Women’s Hair Loss Treatments | Austin, TX
Most Common Causes of Female Hair Loss

Although widely considered a problem that occurs with men, research (1) now shows that more than 50% of women will report significant hair loss or thinning at some point in their lives. In contrast to men, whose hair loss is mainly due to hormones, including dihydrotestosterone (DHT) (2), hair loss in women can be triggered by more than 50 different medical as well as lifestyle factors, including hormonal imbalances, iron deficiency, or extreme stress.

Unlike men, where balding may be considered stylish and can be dealt with by simply opting for cosmetic shaving their heads, when women lose their hair- it is a frightening emergency. Hair loss in women significantly affects not only a woman’s self-image but also affects their emotional well-being. They can feel anger, shame, low self-esteem and confidence, humiliation, sadness, even fear when hair loss occurs.

We know the causes for hair loss are different for men and women, and similarly, so are the patterns of hair loss. Men experience thinning from the forehead or the crown of the head while women tend to notice thinning on the top third to one half of the scalp with the maintenance of the hairline. They often complain that they see the part in their hair gradually becoming wider and more visible. Sometimes they will see more of their scalp than normal when their hair is pulled back.

There are many causes of hair loss in women, such as genetics, hormonal shifts, and lifestyle changes. Keep reading to find out the 9 most important triggers of hair loss in women and the types of hair loss they cause.