HAIR FALLING IN WOMEN

A typical pattern of loss of hair in women caused by hormones, aging, and genetic predisposition. Hair grows from the hair follicle at an average rate of a ½ inch per month. Each hair grows 2 to 6 years, then rests, finally falls out. A new hair then begins growing in its place.  At any one time, about 85% of the hair is growing and 15% is resting. Baldness occurs when the hair falls out but a new hair does not grow in its place. 

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 The cause of the failure to grow a new hair is not well understood, but it is associated with generic predisposition, aging, and levels of endocrine hormones (androgens).Changes in the levels of the androgens can affect hair production.  For example, after the hormonal changes of menopause, many women find that the hair on the head is thinned, while facial hair is coarser. Although new hair is not produced, the follicle remains alive, suggesting the possibility of new hair growth. The typical pattern of female-pattern baldness is different than that of male-pattern baldness.There may be a moderate loss of hair on the crown, but this rarely progresses to total or near baldness as it may in men.

Indications are thinning of hair over the entire head and hair loss of the crown or hairline, mild to moderate.Female pattern baldness is usually diagnosed on the appearance and pattern of hair loss and by ruling out other causes of hair loss. A skin biopsy or other procedures may be used to diagnose medical disorders that cause loss of hair.Hair analysis is not accurate for diagnosing nutritional or similar causes of hair loss.  It may reveal substances such as arsenic or lead, however.

The hair loss of female-pattern baldness is permanent.  The hair loss is usually mild to moderate.  No treatment is required if the person is comfortable with her appearance. Hair transplants consist of removing tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding.  This can cause minor scarring in the donor areas, and carries a modest risk for skin infection.  The procedure usually requires multiple transplantation sessions and may be expensive.

Hair weaving, hair pieces, or change of hair style may disguise the hair loss and improve the cosmetic appearance.  This is often the least expensive and safest method of treating female-pattern baldness. The homoeopathic treatment may help hair to grow in 20 – 40 % of the population, and in 90% it may slow the loss of hair. The proper analysis of the case with the qualified homoeopathic physician will give the better results.