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Female Pattern Baldness

Both men and women can lose their hair as they get older, but it can be a distressing experience. One of the most common types of hair loss in women is Female pattern hairloss (FPHL), and less then half of women reach the age of 80 with a full head of hair.

Losing some hair on a daily basis is normal. However, female pattern hair loss can lead to thinning, usually on the top of the head, increased shedding of hair or a reduction in hair volume. These changes to a person’s appearance may also understandably affect a person’s confidence. It’s important to see a doctor for assessment and advice if you are concerned about your hair loss. They will be able to examine your thinning hair, discuss treatment and provide professional support.


Unlike male pattern baldness, the causes of female pattern baldness are not fully understood and further research is needed. It may be hereditary, like in men, and hormones may have a role in the cause. Female pattern baldness often occurs after the menopause, so hormonal changes in the body may be to blame.


Physical signs of FPHL are hair shedding, noticing areas of thinning or areas of baldness.

However, female pattern baldness can be a traumatic experience and can affect a patient’s self-confidence or mental health.

Hair loss treatment

There are treatments available to help manage hair loss, however success with these can be variable.

Speak to a doctor today to diagnose your hair loss condition and discuss the options available. A GP can recommend treatments as well as help you manage the emotional impact of losing your hair.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.