How common is hair loss in women?
Is hair loss a common concern for women?
Baldness is often seen as an exclusively male problem, but most women will experience some degree of hair loss during their life. One study has even estimated that androgenetic alopecia, the progressive form of hair loss, affects 75% of women over the age of 65.
Androgenetic alopecia is not the only cause of hair loss in women though and there are a number of potential factors that should be investigated. These can include prescription medications, stress, trauma and many diseases such as hormonal imbalances, menstrual conditions and autoimmune diseases.
Diet can also play a role and nutritional deficiencies. Hair is made of protein and a diet in rich in protein is key to good hair health. Other nutrients required by the hair include iron, omega-3, zinc, selenium and vitamins A, B, C and E.