Female baldness is a physical state that most women live in dread of, but nevertheless it does happen. In fact, it’s a part of life as 1 out of 4 women will experience hair loss, and possibly baldness, at one point in their lives.
Female baldness, also known as female-patterned baldness or androgenic alopecia, generally occurs when a woman reaches menopausal stage. This usually takes place when she’s in her forties or fifties. A few unlucky ones, however, experience female baldness as early as their twenties.
The most probable cause for female baldness is the excessive amount of DHT. It is a byproduct of testosterone – a type of androgen that both men and women possess. The presence of DHT in the body can prevent hair follicles from functioning normally and thus leads to female baldness.
In some cases, an underlying medical condition is to blame for female baldness. Undergoing chemotherapy for treating cancer, for instance, has female baldness as one of its side effects. But when cancer cells have been successfully destroyed and chemotherapy can be safely brought to a halt, hair follicles will have the ability to grow once more.
Even if a woman has been diagnosed of having androgenic alopecia, there could still be a medical condition hiding behind it. The best way to detect underlying causes is to schedule for a scalp biopsy, blood tests, and any other diagnostic procedure suggested by your physician.
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