Hair Regrowth Products for Women

By Joyce Starr

  • Overview

    For years hair loss in women and its devastating effects, have basically been ignored by the medical community. While strides were trying to be made in male pattern baldness, women were being forgotten. Finally, studies are being made to understand the cause of this condition and offer women some hope of treatment. No longer does a woman have to suffer in silence, watching her hair fall out and feel helpless. There now is something she can do to help stop the baldness and regrow new hair.
  • Alopecia

    Excessive hair loss is known as alopecia. Both men and women suffer from this condition and there are different types of it. Hair loss is a sign that something isn't working right in your body. Whether it's a hormone imbalance, disease, or excessive stress, something caused the hair to fall out, otherwise you'd still have a head full. Androgenetic alopecia is most commonly caused by an imbalance of hormones. Women suffering from this condition usually have pronounced thinning of their hair throughout the entire scalp. All women have a certain amount of testosterone in their systems and sometimes it gets out of balance. When this happens, the testosterone coverts to DHT, Dihydrotestosterone, which is a form of this hormone and the problem begins. The DHT basically attacks the hair follicles and shrinks them. When this happens, it's impossible for hair to grow through the shrunken follicle. This type of alopecia can be caused by many things that can throw the hormones out of balance. Menopause, pregnancy, ovarian cysts are a few of the things that can cause this condition in women. Since a woman's hormone levels drop during and after menopause, this condition may only be a short-term problem for many. Androgenetic alopecia is hereditary. Telogen Efflvium is generally caused by something stressful happening in your life. Anything from malnutrition, extreme sickness, or even pregnancy can cause this to happen. It can take up to three months before the shedding will occur. When this happens, it's possible to lose handfuls of hair all at once. Once the stressful event has passed, most women notice their hair grows back normally. For some women, this is a lifelong condition that they never truly understand the cause of. Anagen Effluvium happens when an outside source damages the hair follicles such as chemotherapy. Since chemotherapy targets the cancer cells and stops them from dividing, hair follicles which are also dividing cells, are affected. Women receiving chemotherapy treatments can notice up to a 90% hair loss. Traction alopecia is caused by trauma to the hair follicles from too tight hairstyles. Styles such as ponytails, braids, and extensions, are generally the leading causes of this condition. Once the hairstyle is no longer worn, the hair will usually grow back to normal.
  • Diagnostic Tests

    Finding the cause of hair loss in women can be quite frustrating. It's basically a process of elimination when it comes to determining the cause. Your doctor will more than likely put you through a battery of tests to try and determine what might be causing the condition. Some of the factors that will be tested through a blood test are your hormone levels, serum iron, serum ferritin, thyroid, a screening for syphilis, as well as a complete blood count. You may also have a scalp biopsy done to help determine the cause. Your doctor may also do a hair pull test or use a densitometer which checks the hair shaft for miniaturization.

  • Treatments

    Unfortunately for women, finding a cure for their hair loss hasn't been a big priority to the medical community. Since there are no specific treatments on the market geared for women, sometimes doctors are reluctant to prescribe oral treatments. These type of treatments affect the body as a whole, so many physicians stick with topical solutions to cure the problem. As with any treatment of a condition, it's best to start as early as possible and stick with it. Some of the treatments used are minoxidil, birth control pills, aldactone, tagament, cyproterone acetate, estrogen/progesterone, nizoral, propecia, cyproterone acetate with ethinyloestradiol. Most of these treatments were originally designed to help alleviate other conditions, but were found to help stop hair loss and start new growth of hair. As with any medication, it's best to check with a medical professional before using them.
  • Choosing a Doctor

    Losing one's hair can be quite traumatic and socially debilitating. Making sure you choose the correct professional to handle this problem is imperative. It's best to check the credentials of any doctor you choose to go with, making sure they are trained and informed about this condition. There are many people out there who are quacks, wanting to take a desperate person's money, promising treatments that won't work. Check with your local medical community data list, to see who they recommend as being experienced with this problem. There are also organizations such as the American Hair Loss Association, as well as others, who should be able to recommend a doctor able to treat your condition. Generally there are dermatologists or hair loss specialists, who specialize in the condition for women. Educating yourself first, is the best route.
  • Effects

    Many women feel the medical community has forgotten them with certain conditions that affect them. Hair loss is just another one of these conditions that until recently, treatment for women wasn't even considered. The effects of hair loss for a woman can be as frustrating as it can be hampering to their everyday lives and self esteem. It can be a life changing event for a woman to suffer through. Thankfully, this condition has finally started to receive attention by medical professionals and new treatments are being tested. If you are suffering hair loss, it's best to get tested and start treatments as early as possible. There is hope to stop the condition and regrowth of hair is now quite possible.
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