Hair loss also called as alopecia is mistakenly considered to be a male disease, but women also form a major percentage of the population, suffering from the trauma of hair loss.The psychological damage caused by the loss of hair and the feeling of being unattractive can be as serious as any other serious disease in women.
Pattern hair loss or Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of female hair loss. Other diseases include alopecia areata, traumatic alopecia and telogen effluvium. The diagnosis of hair loss in females is based on a thorough study of their history and a physical examination. In some cases laboratory tests or biopsy can also be considered
Hair loss is most distressing when it affects the scalp. Hair loss can vary from a small bare patch which is easily covered by hairstyling to a more diffused and obvious hair loss pattern. Female hair loss is found to have negative effects on body image, self-esteem and psychological well-being.