Talk to your physician about your hair loss and the possibility of using female hair loss products to reduce the number of hairs you lose in a day or even regrow some hair. Not that you can accurately count the hairs you lose every day but if you estimate that you are losing at least 100 hairs a day you may want to speak with your doctor.
Hair loss is not, nor has it ever been, strictly a guy thing. Believe it or not, forty percent of women develop hair loss by the time they turn 40. Fact that self-image and emotional well being is important to most women, hair loss can be the most devastating thing that can possibly happen to them.
Called androgenic alopecia, or female pattern baldness, there used to be very little that could be done for hair loss in women short of wearing a wig every day. Now there are products available for women as well as men that will stop the hair loss and may even regrow some hair.
Some female hair loss products that you may have heard of include Rogaine or Minoxidil. You can buy Rogaine over the counter and it is rubbed into the scalp twice a day.
If your hair loss is caused by your immune system attacking your hair follicles, a condition called alopecia areata, medications like corticosteroids are injected into the scalp multiple times about 1 centimeter apart every 4-6 weeks. This is the most common treatment for this condition.
Corticosteroids can also be used topically and get rubbed into the scalp. These corticosteroid creams are of little effectiveness when they are used alone and are usually used along with the injected steroids or Minoxidil.
Other not widely used therapies for hair loss in women are oral corticosteroid use and Contact immunotherapy. Contact immunotherapy is considered the most effective treatment for severe alopecia areata. The medication used is painted on the scalp every week and every week the strength of the medication used is increased but the medication irritates the skin leaving it very itchy and scaly. Losing your hair is bad enough but if your scalp looks like someone sprayed your head with Napalm then it is even more so.
Oral corticosteroids are rarely used due to the adverse side effects of oral corticosteroid treatment. If they are used, however, hair growth usually occurs with treatment.
A safer and less irritating therapy is called PUVA, or Psoralen with ultraviolet A light therapy. A medication, called psoralen, is applied to the scalp making the skin of the scalp more sensitive to UVA light. Then the skin is exposed to UVA light.
Something you should know and remember about treating hair loss that is inherited is, The medication you are taking will not give you back a full head of hair. Hair will regrow on the top of your head but will not grow on your forehead. You will also have to continue taking the medication long term because if you stop taking the medication your hair loss will start again.
All of the female hair loss products outlined above are effective in helping regrow hair.