Female pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is hair loss that affects women. It’s similar to male pattern baldness, except that women can lose their hair in a different pattern than men. Female pattern baldness is hereditary. It’s more common after menopause, so hormones are likely responsible. If you notice that you’re losing hair, see your doctor or a dermatologist. The sooner you get treated, the faster you’ll be able to stop the loss and possibly even regrow hair.
In female pattern baldness, the hair’s growing phase slows down. It also takes longer for new hair to begin growing. Hair follicles shrink, leading the hair that does grow to be thinner and finer. This can result in hair that easily breaks. Women lose hair from all over their head, starting at their part line. Hair at the temples may also recede.
Underlying endocrine condition or a hormone secreting tumor
An increase unwanted hair
High levels of male sex hormones, called androgens, contribute to hair loss in men.
Smoking may also increase your risk for developing female pattern hair loss.
Doctors divide female pattern baldness into three types
Type I. is a small amount of thinning that starts around your part
Type II. involves widening of the part, and increased thinning around it.
Type III. is thinning throughout, with a see-through area at the top of your scalp.