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Today, serious hair loss is an increasing problem that affects about 30 million women in America of all ages. Suddenly hair starts falling out for no reason, at an alarming rate-sometimes handfuls at a time. After that, the hair "rests" for a while, then proceeds to fall out, and the follicle which nourished it starts to grow a new strand as part of an ongoing cycle.

Females at all stages of life, including younger ladies and even teens, can suffer from hair loss. By the same token, nationality is generally not an issue, as ladies from all across the world are afflicted. Depending upon the type of hair loss you're experiencing, the condition can be minor or major. Fortunately, numerous varieties of women's balding are only temporary. Often, the problem will subside at such a time that hormonal balance is restored.

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Because routine lab work often comes back normal, the condition may be dismissed as "just a cosmetic problem" that one must learn to live with. Or, the person may be handed a one-size-fits-all prescription for a synthetic topical treatment that only deals with the symptom rather than the underlying issue.

Standard thyroid testing is often incomplete. Because even a slight imbalance can cause hair loss, thorough, highly sensitive lab work is advised-especially if thyroid symptoms exists. This should include testing for antibodies (Hashimotos thyroiditis).

It's not uncommon for telogen effluvium to occur in women approximately three months after delivering a baby. In normal cases the problem subsides within six to nine months, leaving the new mother with only a slight decrease in thickness and volume. If the shedding becomes severe and long-lasting it would indicate that other factors are involved. Extreme care and additional nourishment are necessary during the postpartum period.

Angrogentic alopecia (aka female pattern baldness) is another story entirely. This is the aforementioned "permanent" type of female hair loss. It usually affects the front and sides of a woman's scalp, though the thinning can really occur anywhere. It is usually brought about by hormonal imbalance, namely that of a nasty androgen called dihydrotestosterone (dht). While it is very difficult to prevent this kind of hair loss, there are proactive steps we can take to treat it.

6. There are a handful of surgical options you may wish to consider, as well. These should be examined if you don't want to wait for results, and if money isn't too much of an issue. Surgery can be quite expensive, but can give you the results you're after virtually overnight. Just make sure you're very selective when it comes to picking the surgeon you entrust your head to!