How to Control Hair Loss in Women

Overview

According to the Mayo Clinic, women may suffer from thinning hair due to genetics, environmental causes, autoimmune disorders, medications or hormone imbalances. The most common environmental causes include poor nutrition, scalp and hair treatments, infections or physical injury. FamilyDoctor.org states that women often experience hair loss after pregnancy or stopping birth control treatment, thyroid disorders and even lupus or diabetes. Most causes of hair loss in women require the assistance of a physician for prescribed treatments.

Step 1

Take a multivitamin. Dietary supplements can fill in the gap that your diet may be leaving open, contributing to your hair loss.

Step 2

Apply 1 ml of 2-percent minoxidil, a topical treatment available over the counter, to your scalp twice daily to slow or reverse your hair loss. Minoxidil is more commonly known by its brand name of “Rogaine” and is available in a special formulation just for women. The American Hair Loss Association states that this treatment may be more effective for women than for men.

Step 3

Undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) if you are in the midst of menopause, which can cause imbalances that contribute to hair loss. Your doctor will most likely prescribe estrogen or progesterone (often in the form of birth control pills) that you should take on a daily basis to normalize these hormones and reduce symptoms, such as hair loss.

Step 4

Ingest birth control pills if you are not menopausal and your doctor feels this option is right for you to control hair loss. These pills do carry risks, such as blood clots, so ask your doctor if you plan on taking them solely for the purpose of controlling hair loss.

Tips and Warnings

  • Attempt only one change at a time to determine if your hair loss is due to one specific cause.

    Ask your doctor about trying a different medication if your hair loss coincides with beginning a new drug or treatment.

    See your doctor to determine if your hair loss is due to an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, thyroid imbalances or lupus. Infections, such as ringworm and other fungi may also be present. If these medical issues are the cause of your hair loss, medication may help control it.

  • Finasteride (brand name Propecia), a prescription drug for hair loss, is not approved for women, as it can lead to birth defects.

    Topical treatments often need to be continued indefinitely or you risk losing new hair growth.

    If any topical or ingested treatment causes side effects, such as burning scalp, rashes or fever, stop use immediately and consult your physician.