Thinning of hair due to the effects of male hormones (androgens) is termed as androgenic alopecia. It is a major psychological distress for women. Male pattern hair loss is usually observed in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), congenital adrenal hyperplasia, etc.
Hair loss due to alopecia can start as a triangular thinning also known as a ‘triangular sign’ with a gradual progression of hair loss from the midline towards the vertex and sides of the scalp. In most women, the frontal hairline remains intact despite diffuse hair loss.
The other causes of hair loss maybe hormonal changes that are secondary to a reduction of estrogen levels. Certain drugs, anemias, nutritional deficiencies and illnesses can trigger diffuse hair loss. The average number of hair loss is about 100 for a healthy person. Excessive hair loss when combing or after washing the hair are the first signs of alopecia. Telogen effluvium or transient hair loss can be another cause of hair loss for a few months after the birth.
Some people may have chronic anemia and/or iron deficiency. Some vegetarians and those with minimal red meat intake may have reduced zinc intake in which with genetic factors may be more likely to have caused alopecia.
Andogenic alopecia in PCOS is not clearly defined, but reports show a number of young women demonstrating this sign in their teens. You can also find traces of androgenic alopecia in disorders, such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and excessive hair loss in women suffering from masculinizing neoplasm of the ovary or adrenal gland.
Isolated alopecia is the only sign of overactive male hormones in PCOS. It is always better to take a look at your lifestyle and its relation to your hair loss. Proper nutrition is essential for healthy hair. If you are on a restricted diet, they might have to make adjustments with selected supplements.
Hear some hair care procedures:
- Shampoo daily and rinse thoroughly
- Condition your hair to remove tangles
- Minimize tangling with a wide-toothed comb.
- Avoid sharp bristles and use smooth combs.
- Hormonal medications such as a few contraceptives are associated with hair loss
- While blow drying, keep your hair dryer about 6 inches away. As the hair dries, reduce the heat completely. Avoid blow drying from damp to dry to minimize hair damage, brittleness and split ends.
- Use roller carefully and avoid placing them tightly. Pins and clip use should be minimal.
- If elastic bands and barrettes are used they should not be tight as they can cause hair loss due to traction alopecia. If you pull the hair too tightly from the forehead, it can also lead to severe hair breakage.
There are number of hair loss treatments for arresting androgenic alopecia, but some of them are not FDA approved for use in women suffering from alopecia or hirsutism. Doctor evaluation is the first step to select the right hair loss treatment.
About the Author:
Jasmine Bilimoria is a research writer and contributor with Guci Image. Guci Image is a New Jersey-based hair loss treatments and Hair Extensions center, whose worldwide services and technologies are aimed at resolving any kind of hair loss problems.