Although hair loss is more common in men than women, thinning of hair is increasing at an alarming rate in women too. Hair fall in women can be due to nutritional deficiency, dandruff or alterations in normal hormonal balance. Excess of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) hormone can also cause premature hair fall in women. DHT is a member belonging to the class of compounds referred to as androgens.
Depending upon the underlying cause, following are the treatment options recommended to regain fuller, thicker hair in women.
Aldactone: This oral medication available in tablet form, can also be used to treat female hair loss. Aldactone is an anti-androgen that restricts DHT growth, which helps to regain lost hair. The recommended dosage effective to prevent hair fall in women is 200 mg per day.
Medications: Over-the-counter medication that is found to be effective is minoxidil. This medicine was previously given to high blood pressure patients in a tablet form. However, some patients taking minoxidil reported hair regrowth. Therefore, extensive studies were conducted and it was found that applying liquid form of minoxidil on the scalp could encourage hair growth in women. Most importantly, solution containing 2% minoxidil that reduces the rate of hair loss and helps to grow new hair, has received approval by the FDA.
Nizoral Shampoo: Cases of hair falling out in women have also been linked to dandruff and fungal infection of the scalp. Studies have revealed that Nizoral shampoo can put an end to dandruff problems as well as promote hair thickness. The shampoo contains ketoconazole, an excellent antifungal agent, which works to get rid of dandruff and stimulate hair growth.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): HRT is commonly used to treat menopausal women with low estrogen. Inadequate production of estrogen hormone is common in women after menopause, which can cause sleep disturbances, hot flashes, and loss of libido. Also, estrogen levels in the body influence hair growth. Women with higher estrogen levels tend to have thick, shiny hair. So, when thinning hair becomes a problem in menopausal women, taking HRT may benefit in improving hair growth. HRT involves intake of estrogen and progesterone supplements in the form of pills and tablets.
Hair Fall in Thyroid Patients
Women suffering from hyperactive or an underactive thyroid gland, tend to have thinning hair throughout their scalp. This may happen due to medications recommended to treat thyroid problems. Reducing the dosage may help to control hair fall to a certain extent. Along with prescribed thyroid medications, taking multi-vitamin tablets may also help to slow hair loss and boost hair regrowth.
Maintaining a healthy diet, rich in proteins, is also very essential to restore normal hair growth. Besides, having a nutritious diet, it is equally important to manage stress through meditation techniques.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.