Alopecia in Women

For many women, one of the most basic, carnal ways of displaying their femininity is through their hair. Long, thick, shiny and healthy hair has long been a symbol of wellbeing and fertility, as well as a means of personal expression for women.

Unfortunately though, many women suffer from a disease known as Alopecia; a term that generally refers to pattern baldness, or drastic thinning of the hair. While this is not uncommon in men, you may be surprised to learn that in fact, nearly 40% of those who suffer from this condition are actually women. You don’t need us to tell you how undesirable the idea of losing her hair is to most women.

It is important to note that it is completely normal to lose somewhere between 50 and 100 hairs per day, but Alopecia goes far beyond this normal shedding. All women will regularly notice stray hairs in their hairbrushes, or on the backs of their dresses. Women who suffer from Alopecia though, tend to notice either an overall thinning of the hair on their heads, a widening gap in their part, or whole patches of baldness, which can leave these poor ladies feeling insecure, self conscious and as though the very essence of their womanhood is slipping away. As if that were not enough, some percentage of these women will also experience the unfavorable condition of having fine hair grow on other parts of their bodies, such as their faces.

What Causes Alopecia in Women?

Unfortunately, diagnosing the underlying cause of the hair loss can be tricky, because there are a number of conditions and diseases that can lead cause Alopecia. There are also numerous lifestyle factors that could play a role. Because women especially are so prone to hormonal fluctuations, many physicians first test for hormonal imbalances and/or thyroid problems when women begin displaying thinning hair. This is one of the most common causes and happily, once treated, most women will regrow the hair they have lost.

Another very common cause of hair loss in women, which is also linked to hormone imbalance, is PCOS—short for polycystic ovary syndrome. Often, women with this condition will notice (in addition to thinning hair on the head) fine hair growing on other obscure parts of the body such as their faces, weight gain, and acne. As you might well expect, these things can be just as (if not more) humiliating than the hair loss for a woman—especially the abnormal hair growth.

Alopecia Areata, though less common, is also a potential culprit. This condition is where a women’s immune system begins “attacking” her by mistakenly identifying healthy hair follicles as diseased. As the body attacks itself, the immune system tells it to rid itself of the “diseased” hairs, which causes huge patches of hair to fall out. Luckily, if treated, this condition is not permanent and the missing hair can grow back.

As previously mentioned, there are a number of medications and hormone therapy regimens that may reduce or even reverse the hair loss associated with Alopecia in women. Fortunately, there are also medications on the market to help women treat some of the side effects of this disease such as the unwanted hair growth.

For busy women who are on the go with little time to spare, or those who feel uncomfortable discussing this condition with a physician face to face, we highly recommend making use of the Loxdoc online prescription ordering feature. Simply complete an online consultation with a licensed physician, then place your order right from the website. Your prescription will be shipped directly to your home, in a discreet, unmarked package, within 48 hours. No embarrassing doctor’s visits, and no waiting in line at a pharmacy to pick up your medication. If you suffer from Alopecia, trust us when we say we can appreciate that you are already dealing with a stressful enough situation; please allow us to make your life at least a bit easier.