Hair Loss in Women Directory
In many women, hair loss appears as overall thinning of hair as opposed to a bald spot or receding hairline. Hair loss may be genetic or may be a result of an underlying condition or a medication. Minoxidil is a common treatment used in female hair loss. Hair transplants can also help. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes hair loss in women, how the cause is diagnosed, what treatments are used in treating female hair loss, and much more.
Women's Hair Loss and Oral Contraceptives
Many forms of contraception, including the pill, hormone injections, and implants, may trigger hair loss.
Women's Hair Loss Diagnosis
A number of tests can determine the extent of a woman's hair loss. The Savin Scale is another useful tool that shows types and patterns of hair loss.
Women's Hair Loss Causes
Women's hair loss shares many of the same causes as men's hair loss, in addition to such conditions as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
Women's Hair Loss Treatments
Hair loss in women is often treated with a topical solution (Rogaine), some oral contraceptives, a medicated shampoo, and other drugs.
What Women Can Do About Hair Loss
By middle age, 40% of women show signs of pattern hair loss
Hidden Causes of Hair Loss
If you're losing hair, the biggest question is why. Here's an in-depth look at factors that may contribute to hair loss, including lifestyle, heredity, and medical causes.
Thinning Hair: Can Medications Help?
Don't give in to thinning hair. Medications are available that can help restore women's hair, too.
How Women Can Fight Hair Loss
Fight back - don’t let thinning hair sap your confidence -- or your style. Learn why your hair might be getting thinner, what products and medications can help, and tips for looking your best.
Slideshows & Images
Picture of Female Pattern Baldness
Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male disease, women make up a significant percentage of American hair loss sufferers. Forty percent of women have visible hair loss by the time they are age 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Slideshow: Women's Hair Loss -- Thinning Hair Causes and Solutions
Thinning hair and bald patches are surprisingly common in women. See the progression, causes, and treatments for this distressing condition.