Causes of female-pattern baldness

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) has emerged as the preferred term for androgenetic alopecia in females that is characterized by a reduction in hair growth over the frontal scalps and crown. Fewer than 45% of women go through life with a full head of hair.

Female hair loss is one of the most common disorders which gets further aggravated with the advancement of age. The cause of female-pattern baldness cannot be specified as such, because there are varied factors that make a difference to the hair growth. When a person suffers from female-pattern baldness, the hair follicles shrink down over a period of time, which further results into shorter and thinner hair. The follicle is unable to regrow new hair which ultimately results into baldness.

However, the reasons for female-pattern baldness could be related to:

•    Family history of female-pattern baldness
•    Ageing
•    Deficiency of iron and Vitamin B
•    Fluctuations in the hormonal levels

It is important to understand that female-pattern baldness is not a medical disorder. However, it might affect the self-esteem of the person and cause hesitation since the hair loss would be a permanent issue. There is no specific prevention for female-pattern baldness, but it is important to consult your primary medical advisor or dermatologist.