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Differences between male and female hair loss

Lets talk about the differences between male and female hair loss. Female pattern hair loss is also known as androgenetic alopecia. It’s one of the most common types of hair loss in women rather than men, and the severity of it can change. This pattern is similar to the male pattern baldness. Women tend to lose hair in a different pattern than men do, it is typical for hair loss and especially with age. It’s known that most women lost hair after menopause.

Male pattern baldness

male baldness

It is generally due to your genes and the male sex hormones. With men what happens is there is a pattern loss that’s known as male pattern baldness, where often one will get a bald patch at the back or recession that starts at the front. Then this branches out into the corners and works its way back, this can result in a complete loss.

So what’s the cause of this pattern?

A lot of it does come down to genetics and hormonal factors. As the female pattern hair loss can come down to conditions such as androgen. This is a group of hormone levels which will be elevated for example PCOS is known as Polycystic ovarian syndrome. They come with symptoms such as more facial hair, irregular periods and infertility. All of this can lead to hair loss.

For male pattern hair loss it also comes down to genetics and family history. It’s associated with the male sex hormone androgen’s which function to help hair growth.

Could it be hereditary?

It’s believed that it could be hereditary from both parents. this is not a disease; it is a natural condition caused by a combination of genetics. It’s also to do with hormones and age. It’s a known fact that women and men will notice hair loss and thinning as they age.

What the pattern of hair loss looks like

what does baldness patterns look like

It’s different in both men and women, so what are the differences?. It would all depend on the history of the patient and whether there is gradual thinning of hair or shedding on the top of the head. It also has a lot to do with the patients family history and wherever they have had the same problems with hair loss. Full examination would be required for both men and women.

Is there a cure?

is there a cure for hair loss

There is currently no cure. However, it does tend to happen slowly and generally over several years. For some quicker than others. Women tend to be later in life than men.


If you have female or male pattern baldness you may be bale to camouflage the hair loss at first by adopting a new hair style. Early diagnosis is encouraged as it can enable you to get on a treatment plan and potentially minimize future hair loss. Your treatment plan will likely consist of one or more medications approved to treat hair loss. What are they?.


Finasteride is an oral tablet which is taken by mouth. It’s treated for male pattern hair loss and isn’t for women to take. This oral tablet comes with side effects such as swelling in both hands and feet, dizziness, weakness and impotence. You would need a private prescription as it’s not available on the NHS.


Minoxidil is available over the counter and is used to treat male-pattern baldness as well as female pattern baldness. It also comes with its fair share of symptoms. Such as more facial hair, weight gain, irritation, light head and chest pains.

Be clear that when taking these medications it won’t work for everyone and for those it does it will only work as long as you use them. Once stopped the problem will return it can also be expensive as it’s not available on the NHS.

Are there any other options?

Do you think low iron could be contributing to hair loss?. If so, a blood test may be needed to diagnose any problems with one’s iron level. However be clear that there is no evidence to confirm iron will make your hair grow. You could look at other options such as a diet rich in biotin and folic acid as this is known to thicken hair. You can find that one of our earlier blogs: Lets talk about the different type of biotin diets

Get in touch

get in touch

We know that you may have tried all of these options and are at your wit’s end. At the Hair Dr we understand the frustration and want to reassure you we are here to help. If you are noticing a receding hairline or the crown is thinning we know what you’re going through. We know the insecurities you might be feeling and overall suffering and agony. After all, for a lot of men and women it can be traumatizing because so much of who you are comes with your identity, appearance and the way you present yourself. Your hair is a big part of that. It can be something outside of your control. At the Hair Dr, we want to make you feel free and to help you on your hair journey!. Patients come first and we are in it together.

If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact us today on either method T: 0808 169 7210. E: alternatively you can book a free consultation via our website.

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