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Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss is caused by genetics, stress, thyroid disease, medications, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments, and fungal infections. Women may experience hair fall after pregnancy. Some people also experience loss of hair as a result of taking creatinine supplements as part of a weight training regimen. Male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness don’t have a known cause. Researchers believe this kind of baldness, which results in thinning hair, results from individuals’ genetic inheritance.

Loss of hair may result from many different causes or factors. Some types of hair fall may be temporary. The National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) says that regrowth is often the same texture and color as lost hair. Unfortunately, some patients experience completely white regrowth or differently textured hair.

Other types, such as female and/or male pattern baldness, may result in permanent loss of hair. A board-certified dermatologist such as Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta is the best way to evaluate the patient’s condition.

Female Pattern Baldness

Female pattern baldness is similar to the male type. Follicles of a woman’s hair shrink through the years until, finally, fewer support regrowth. Female patients may notice thinning hair or almost complete loss of hair in androgenetic alopecia.

Temporary hair fall in women may result after pregnancy, during perimenopause or after menopause, after weight loss, during illness or after surgery. A woman’s complex hormones may cause temporary loss of hair that may be controlled with dermatologist-prescribed medicines, supplements, or hair care products. Dr. Kathleen J. Smith may prescribe an approved shampoo or topical treatments for patients dealing with stress, chemotherapy, burns, or other injuries to help patients regrow hair. She may also recommend prescription antifungal shampoo products to maintain or improve scalp health. Nutritional supplements may be prescribed to improve the patient’s general health at this time.

Female patients shouldn’t purchase over-the-counter medicines without diagnosis and evaluation of the underlying cause of hair fall. The Food & Drug Administration says that minoxidil is the only approved drug for female hair fall. Finasteride isn’t approved. It’s important to avoid ineffective and/or unnecessary treatments. They’re often expensive and may do more harm than good.

Women may suffer severe emotional distress along with loss of hair. A woman’s hair is often considered her crowning glory. It’s important to seek the help of a board-certified dermatologist right away.


Patients shouldn’t self-medicate when hair fall causes concern. There are so many conditions and reasons that hair loss can happen. Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta may check the patient’s complete blood count (CBC), thyroid hormones, sex hormones (including testosterone and dehydroepiandosterone), nutrient deficiency (e.g. zinc), and some autoimmune disorders in evaluating the reasons for hair fall. Patients in North Decatur, Belvedere Park, Druid Hills, Panthersville, Gresham Park, and throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area should call Dr. Kathleen J. Smith for a consultation at 678-904-4932.


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