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Female Pattern Baldness

Female pattern baldness (FPB), or androgenetic alopecia (AGA), is one of the most common forms of hair loss after male pattern hair loss. It does not, in spite of its prevalence, catch the eye as much as male pattern baldness, because it does not quite progress to a state of complete baldness.

However, any which way you look at it, hair loss in women has as much impact on a woman’s psyche as ‘aging’ itself. The inference is obvious – hair plays a vital role in a woman’s life. A head full of lustrous locks for a woman exemplifies beauty, feminine grace, élan, and poise.

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Causes:

Female pattern baldness (FPB), like male pattern baldness, is triggered by hormonal imbalance in the body. Conditions, such as ovarian cysts (or, PCOS), or menopause, are exclusive triggers for female pattern baldness.

What also activates the disorder is a fall below normal levels in the ‘hair-protective’ female hormone, estrogen, in the body. This ‘ups’ the level of the male hormone, testosterone, in the body – the result is hair loss in women. The ‘saving grace’ is, unlike men, DHT-sensitive hair follicles in women are spread diffusely all over the scalp. Hence, they don’t ‘go’ bald like men (in front and top of the head), but lose hair diffusely all over the scalp.

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