In spite of hair fall issues, most women tend not to go through the ordeal of baldness. Rather uncommon when compared to male pattern baldness the female counterpart may occur in the following situations –
• Family history of male or female pattern baldness
• Changes in the level of male hormones (androgens). This typically occurs after a woman reaches menopause when you find that the hair on your head is thinner while the hair on the face feels coarser.
Symptoms to look out for
Women need to look out for a different set of hair thinning and balding patterns than that of men.
• In women, the hair tends to thin primarily on the top and/or the crown of the scalp. This usually commences by widening through the center part of the hair.
• In most women, the front hairline is not affected at all, except for the normal recession patterns everyone passes through over time.
• Fortunately, the hair loss seldom goes to the point of near or total baldness as it does in men.
• You may also not experience any sores or itchiness on the scalp like men do.
Testing for Female Pattern Baldness
This condition is usually diagnosed in the following method –
• First, one needs to rule out any other causes for the hair loss
• Your medical facilitator will also assess the appearance and pattern of hair loss
• Your medical history is also taken into account.
Signs of existence of too much androgen will be assessed on the basis of –
• Abnormal hair growth in the pubic area, between the belly button and the face
• Changes in your menstrual cycle
• Enlargement of the clitoris
• Growth of new acne
In such cases, doctors may recommend that you pursue a skin biopsy and blood tests to rule on any skin disorders that may result in hair loss. By taking a look at your hair under the microscope, problems related to the structure of the hair shaft can also be diagnosed.