Harvard Women's Health Watch

Hair loss: It's not just for men

Hair loss is a common problem in both men and women, yet many women go untreated due to the social stigma associated with losing their hair, and because most therapies are targeted to men. In women, hair loss may be genetic or caused by conditions such as a thyroid problem or anemia. Once a medical problem has been ruled out, treatments for female-pattern baldness include topical minoxidil (Rogaine) and hair transplants. Camouflaging techniques such as wigs and hair styling can also help.
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