Female Pattern Baldness – How It Is Similar To Male Pattern Baldness

Female Pattern Baldness – How It Is Similar To Male Pattern Baldness

Introduction

When it comes to hair loss we immediately think of men, but did you know that 20 to 30 million women also suffer from a condition called Female Pattern Baldness. This is very similar to the condition in men called Male Pattern Baldness.

Here are some of the similarities that these two conditions share.

DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)

The same hormone, called DHT, causes both these conditions. This hormone is formed in both men and women when the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase combines with the male hormone testosterone. Females have some testosterone but is kept under control by the female hormone estrogen.

But when a woman goes through menopause or her estrogen level drops because of diet or intense physical activity, this allows testosterone to circulate unchecked. This will allow the creation of DHT and may cause hair loss.

When DHT is formed, it circulates to the scalp where it attaches to the hair follicle. When this happens nutrients to the hair follicle are blocked causing the hair strand to fall out and the follicle to die.

Stopping DHT

Taking Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs can stop the formation of DHT. There are two approved by the FDA, but only one has been approved for use by men and women. The one not approved for use by women, Finasteride, could cause birth defects.

The FDA approved drug that both men and women can use is Minoxidil. The only difference is that men are approved to use it at 5% strength, while women can use it at 2% strength. Women can use it at 5% strength if they are under a doctor’s care.

Minoxidil is believed to work by increasing blood flow to the scalp. This allow for more blood and nutrients to get to the hair follicles.

Both men and women can take herbal supplements that have been known as DHT Blockers. These herbal supplements actually inhibit the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase, which will prevent the formation of DHT.

Some herbal supplements that can be used by both men and women as a DHT Blocker are Saw Palmetto, Pygeum and Nettles, to name a few.

Conclusion

Most people do not know it but both men and women can lose hair caused by the same hormone. This hormone, DHT, causes both Female and Male Pattern Baldness. This condition can be controlled in both men and women by using the FDA approved drug Minoxidil or some herbal supplements.

Jimmy Chase started losing his hair when he turned 50. He has done lots of studies on loss of hair, in both men and women, to determine what works and what doesn’t. He has successfully stopped his hair loss and has even re-grown some of his hair. He wants to help other people learn what he has learned, on dealing with loss of hair and re-growing hair.

He operates the web site http://www.no-longer-balding.com/.