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Why women have a hard time initiating treatment for hair loss

There are at least three reasons why women face more difficulties in finding a treatment for hair loss

It’s not news that hair loss is a problem for women, too. Despite the fact that the majority of people picture a middle aged men when they think of baldness, the truth of the matter is that women suffer with hair thinning, shedding, and balding at nearly the same rate as their male counterparts. In fact, recent estimates indicate that almost 40% of the hair loss sufferers in the United States are female.

Three significant barriers in finding a treatment for hair loss

There are at least 3 reasons why women are more slow in finding a treatment for the management of hair loss.
When men go bald, hair falls out in a predictable pattern that begins at the hairline and ends at the crown of the head— hence the name, male pattern baldness. Women, on the other hand, experience hair loss in a more spread out and diffuse manner that is not always easy to detect. Parts become wider, scalp becomes more visible, but “tell tale” signs of hair loss are overall discreet. Often times, women do not realize they are going bald until many years after it has begun.
In addition to this, women tend to be more reluctant to pursue hair loss treatment compared to men. Society tells us that it is common for men to go bald, making it easier and more acceptable for men to find treatment. For females, admitting to hair loss often means ceding control over one’s beauty, femininity, and sexual prominence.
Finally, women have a more difficult time finding “hair loss drugs” compared to men. Apart from minoxidil, which is approved for use both by men and by women, other drugs administered for hair loss (such as finasteride and dutasteride) have severe side effects in women. Nevertheless, there are other effective treatment options available for women (e.g. electro-trichogenesis), of which they are not informed in many occasions.

Trichoscopy is always the first step against hair loss

Trichoscopy is always the first step for the treatment of hair loss. It is the only scientific and objective method for the assessment and diagnosis of scalp disorders.

Through trichoscopy the condition of the hair follicles per square centimetre of the surface of the scalp is examined, allowing us to collect important data for the diagnosis, including: number of hair follicles, number of hair per hair follicle, hair thickness, as well as the lesions in the perifollicular epidermis and the area’s blood vessels.

These data contribute in determining the actual cause of hair loss and then they constitute an objective comparison measure of the recommended treatment effectiveness.

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