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Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is also known as Androgenetic Alopecia
100 - 150 Hairs Shed Naturally Every Day
An average head has up to 150,000 healthy hairs and sheds 100-125 of these a day. Loss starts becoming visible when more than 100 hairs come out regularly. When the affected hair is shed by the root in FPHL the one that grows in its place is shorter and weaker. Eventually regrowth turns into a mere ‘peach’ fuzz or vellus hair. Female pattern hair loss can start as early as puberty but is most commonly seen after menopause.
Mild FPHL is the most common form of women’s hair loss worldwide. The condition is genetically linked and may be inherited from both sides of the family but not in a clearly defined pattern. This condition may be managed using scalp makeup and hair styling. We are happy to offer advice and practical help with this.
Severe FPHL is difficult to treat as the hair loss is often not sufficient to require a wig, but the psychological affect may still be considerable.
Many women have found that our hair replacement options - either The
Intralace System™ or Medi Connections™ - are the most effective ways to
manage such hair loss.
Conventional Medical Treatments for FPHL
Minoxidil is a topical lotion used to stabilise hair loss and promote hair growth. It may be purchased over the counter but is a lower strength than is probably useful. The higher 5% solution needs to by prescribed by a doctor.
Spironolactone is an oral medication that has had some good results in stabilising and improving hair growth.
Propecia may be used in post-menopausal women although its benefit is yet to be fully assessed.
Anti-androgens There have been some promising results with the medication Dianette in slowing down FPHL.
All these treatments require continuation of treatment. Once the medication is stopped the FPHL cycle begins again.