Think you know about male and female pattern baldness? Read on, you may be surprised…
Are more men than women affected by pattern baldness?
No, although the condition presents differently in men and women. Male and female pattern baldness, known as androgenetic alopecia, occurs in over 50% of men over 50 and around the same number of women over 40.
Is there a hormonal connection as with other types of alopecia?
Yes. One recent study found that 13% of pre-menopausal women experienced female pattern baldness while another found 75% of women over 65, or post-menopausal women experienced androgenetic alopecia.
Is male and female pattern baldness genetic?
Despite its name, it is not classed as genetic, but as showing “a strong familial trait”. This is because symptoms may be radically different among family members with the condition.
Is diet a factor?
In women, but not in men, androgenetic alopecia has been linked to something called metabolic syndrome. This is really a group of conditions, which encompasses insulin-resistance, obesity, and some cardio-vascular diseases.
Are treatment drugs effective?
There are several treatment drugs marketed to people with male or female pattern baldness. None of them work for everyone, and they all need to be used consistently over a long period to stop hair loss. as soon as you halt the treatment, hair loss always reoccurs. Many women and men choose a partial hair replacement system or custom wig. Hair transplants and implants are now widely offered by private clinics, but are not yet available on the NHS.