Baldness In Women Is More Common Than You Think, Here's How To Prevent It

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Many women suffer through hair loss at some time in their lives, often as a result of hormonal changes. Pregnancy, menstruation and menopause can all affect hair loss in women, as can stress and genetics. Because we typically associate baldness and hair loss with men, many women are too embarrassed to speak out about their issues with hair loss, but they shouldn't be.

Surprisingly, many women suffer from hair loss at some point in their lives. Dr. Mary Gail Mercurio recently revealed that as many as 5% of women under 30 and 60% of those over 70 are affected by hair loss, WebMD reports. She also stated that the sooner hair loss in women is treated, the better the chances of successful treatment.

While men tend to develop a receding hairline or bald patch at the back of their heads, with women the hair over their crown begins to thin. If you're concerned about hair loss or baldness, you're not alone. Hair transplant specialist Dr. Asim Shahmalak told Shared.com he wants women to know there's nothing shameful about hair loss.

"There is still a stigma attached to female hair loss, but instead of being something shameful or embarrassing, it’s important to remember that hair loss is a natural process and a result of aging."

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Shahmalak wants women to know that vitamins, increasing your iron intake (if a deficiency is found to be causing hair loss) and increasing your protein are all ways to help improve the health of your hair. He also states that while making your entire body healthier, regular exercise can also help with hair growth.

"Exercise not only helps to improve your overall health and cardiovascular strength, but increased blood flow to the scalp delivers oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles, which can help to keep your scalp and hair healthy," the doctor stated. He also gave some advice to what women should be avoiding if they're worried about hair loss.

"Stopping smoking, avoiding harsh bleaching and perming of hair and not wearing hair pulled back into tight styles can also help to reduce the chance of hair loss," he continued.

Prescription drugs also help with regrowth if you're already experiencing baldness or hair loss, and in extreme circumstances hair transplants are also an option.

It's important that women understand that this is a fairly common occurrence for women and they don't need to be ashamed of it. There are remedies and help to successfully treat hair loss in women.

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