Also known as female pattern hair loss, Androgenic Alopecia is the most common form of hair loss in women. It is the same condition that causes most cases of male hair loss, although it manifests differently.
Androgentic Alopecia is an hereditary condition and in most women it usually begins before the age of 40, often affecting much younger women. Sometimes it can be hard to spot Androgenic Alopecia, as there are a myriad of other potential causes of hair loss in women, such as pregnancy, menopause, stress or thyroid disorders.
What is Androgenic Alopecia?
Your body produces hormones, also known as androgens, which are essential for keeping your body healthy. With Androgenic Alopecia, your hair follicles become particularly sensitive to these androgens, which pass messages to your androgen receptors, telling them to produce less hair. This can lead to the shortening of hair growth cycles, leaving you with finer, thinner hair. If left untreated, hair production could eventually stop altogether.
Recognising the signs
Women with Androgenic Alopecia often have thinning hair all over their scalp, although hair loss may be most noticeable at the parting or behind the fringe area. Men, by contrast, tend to develop a bald patch and/or receding hairline.
The Ludwig Scale is used to measure the level of hair loss, ranging from minor thinning (Type I) to noticeable hair loss all over the scalp (Type III). Left untreated, it can be harder to boost hair growth and minimise hair loss, which is why it is important to see a hair loss specialist if you notice any signs of thinning hair.
What causes Androgenic Alopecia?
Androgenic Alopecia is caused by a genetic predisposition to the condition that is passed down from other members of your family. However, as there are so many different causes of thinning hair in women, it could be that your hair loss is being caused by something else entirely. You may be recommended for blood tests to rule out other causes of hair loss such as an underactive or overactive thyroid, pregnancy, menopause or stress.
It is important to see a hair loss specialist if you experiencing any form of hair loss or thinning hair. If a diagnosis of Androgenic Alopecia is given, there are medically proven treatments that can be very effective when prescribed as part of an expertly-administered, holistic hair loss treatment plan.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.