Thinning hair can be upsetting, especially for women. Many women will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their lives, and, unfortunately, it’s often part of the aging process. Treatments to prevent or stop hair loss, while not perfect, help most women.
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Lisa Drage, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, discusses treatment options for hair loss in women.
Vivien Williams: What woman doesn’t want thick, luxurious hair? The reality is …
Lisa Drage, M.D. Dermatology Mayo Clinic: “… more than half of all women will have hair loss by the time they reach the age of 70.”
Vivien Williams: Dr. Lisa Drage says several things can cause thinning hair: pregnancy, menopause, medical problems, certain medications, your genetics and even stress.
Lisa Drage, M.D.: “The most common form of hair loss in women would be female-pattern hair loss, and that’s a type of genetic and hormonal hair loss that gradually effects most women.”
Vivien Williams: What can you do about it? Well, Dr. Drage says that depends on why you’re losing your hair. But, for the most common form of hair loss, over-the counter medications such as minoxidil work for about two-thirds of the women who use it.
Lisa Drage, M.D.: “The tough thing about hair loss is it takes a while for anything to really have an effect.”
Vivien Williams: From six weeks to a year. There are also prescription medications that target hormones in your scalp. But no treatment is perfect. Dr. Drage says research into managing female-pattern hair loss is ongoing. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, I’m Vivien Williams.