How to Prevent Hair Loss (Female Pattern)
Ah, Female pattern hair loss(FPHL). If Male pattern hair loss(MPHL) would be the bank robber, running into danger guns blazing, FPHL would be the online hacker, choosing a more discrete way of doing morally dubious acts. FPHL is unfortunately not well understood. For MPHL, dihydrotestosterone(DHT) has been identified as the main culptript. Scientists are therefore able to treat MPHL, by inhibiting the enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. However, women who have normal levels of DHT have been found to be suffering from pattern hair loss(PHL)! This bizarre occurrence necessarily requires us to classify Male and Female pattern hair loss differently. Consequently, this means they also require different types of hair loss treatment.
It is worth mentioning that while some of those suffering from FPHL have normal levels of DHT, if you have high levels of DHT, it is almost guaranteed that you will suffer from PHL.
Despite this odd occurence, it in no way means that we are not absolutely clueless. Leading research has shown that genetics play a huge role in FPHL. If your parents have PHL, it is unfortunately likely that you too will suffer from it. How to prevent hair loss from FPHL you ask? Read on.
Symptoms of FPHL
Some symptoms of FPHL include:
– Gradual hair loss over the crown(distinct from MPHL where hair loss is over the frontal hairline!)
– Possible Bitemporal recession, but to a lesser extent than men
FPHL can result in extremely distressing psychological situations for females! This is why it is vital that we treat the condition.
Hair Loss Treatment for FPHL
Hair loss treatment options in Singapore for FPHL are similar to those for MPHL, but with vital differences:
Rogaine prolongs the growth phase of your hair, known as anagen, resulting in you having more strands of hair that grow longer as well. It is available in pharmacies, but it is highly recommended that you visit a medical professional before starting treatment. This is because Rogaine can result in unwanted hair growth, specifically facial hair, especially if the solution drips down onto your face when it is applied topically on your scalp. You may also be unaware of the progression of how your scalp would react to Rogaine(it is normal to lose more hair before growing new hair). Do take note that Rogaine for men contains 5% Minoxidil whereas Rogaine for women contain 2% Minoxidil. Women are also likely to experience lightheadedness and dizziness from the medication.
Rogaine is available both as a foam and a solution.
Pregnant women should not take Finasteride unless specified by a medical professional. Though there are certain studies that show promising results for Finasteride, it is well known and documented that pregnant women who consume Finasteride are prone to having their male fetuses experience birth defects in their sexual organs due to DHT inhibition. It can be said that women who are infertile can take Finasteride, but there are other dangers such as hormonal changes. It is wise to err on the safe side – consult a doctor.
Spironolactone functions similarly to Finasteride(both work by blocking male hormones to prevent hair loss). However, Spironolactone is noticeably safer for women, but still should not be consumed during pregnancy. This drug is often prescribed off-label(meaning not officially approved) in treating FPHL by physicians. However, consumption of Spironolactone often requires frequent blood tests – Potassium levels and kidney function might be changed due to the drug.
Hair Loss Treatments for FPHL in Singapore?
Many often ask “how do i prevent hair loss from PMHL?”. It is unfortunate that modern day medicine has not found conclusive, efficacious and safe pharmaceutical treatment options for women who are experiencing FPHL. However, there are other options. Hair transplants are an option – albeit an expensive one. Despite so, it is still a good idea to seek professional consultation before attempting any hair loss treatment for FPHL. Follicle Hair is an affordable option with rave reviews online so you can consider that if you need a reliable name. Alternatively, googling around should also get you various specialist salons that might help in solving your problem.