Information on androgenetic alopecia hair loss and its treatment

Male and female pattern hair loss information
  Androgenetic alopecia

This web site is for men and women suffering from hair loss, particularly from androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia is a condition that has a wide variety of names including male pattern baldness, female pattern hair loss, and androgenic alopecia. All these names refer to the same condition involving the loss of hair in response to androgen hormones. Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women and a majority of people in the world will experience androgen mediated alopecia at some point in their lives. On you will find information about the patterns of hair loss found in men and women, information on the biology of pattern baldness and why it occurs, plus information on hair loss treatments for both men and women.

  Hair loss and its clinical presentation in men

The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, known by dermatologists as androgenetic alopecia. Up to 70% of men will experience some degree of hair loss caused by androgens at some point in their lives. While pattern baldness is very common, the onset of hair loss is no less distressing for many of those affected.
  Hair loss and its clinical presentation in women

Hair loss in women is a common event, much more common than most people think. Up to 40% of women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Female hair loss is most typically of the androgenetic alopecia type. It may be called female pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss but both names describe the same same alopecia condition. That hair loss in women is so common is probably one of the best kept secrets in our image orientated society.
  Hair loss biology

So what causes androgenetic alopecia / pattern hair loss anyway? Genetics, hormones including androgens and estrogens, enzymes, androgen receptors,and possibly even inflammation all seem to have a potential role to play in susceptibility to pattern hair loss. There are also some risks of other diseases developing in association with androgenetic alopecia.
  Hair loss treatments for men

Of course, people with hair loss are looking for hair loss treatments, particularly products that will stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth. Those men with hair loss who are only just beginning their research into hair loss treatments may be hoping for something simple such as a hair loss shampoo. While there are shampoos that can help with preventing hair loss and promoting hair regrowth, more common remedies involve taking pills orally or applying medicated solutions topically to the affected skin. Surgical hair restoration may be an alternative to hair loss medications.
  Hair loss treatment for women

Women seeking hair loss treatments actually have a wider range of options than men. The problem however, can be obtaining access to the treatments through their doctors. While there are options, many doctors are not very experienced in treating hair loss in women and they may be reluctant to try some of the treatment approaches. However, in principle, women can use a wide variety of treatment approaches for pattern hair loss from topical application of minoxidil to oral anti androgen drugs like spironolactone.