Just for Women: HAIR LOSS FAQ
Q: Why am I losing my hair?
A: It depends! Many people say, “go to the doctor,” but we advise before you go to the doctor, do a self-evaluation to bring with you to the doctor. Look at our list of possible causes for hair loss
and bring any information relating to that to the doctor. It might be something you didn’t think mattered!
Q: Why do I have to go to the doctor?
A: It’s always best to check with a doctor. Your hair loss could be caused by a medical condition! And going to the doctor doesn’t mean that you have to go with their exact recommendations for treatment either. You can buy cheaper generic medications online. But seriously, go to a doctor, you could have polycystic ovary syndrome, a thyroid problem, anemia, a medication you’re taking OR it could be your hair loss is stress-related hair loss!
Q: Is there a non-chemical way to get my hair back?
A: Yep! Take a look at our page on treatments for women’s hair loss.
Q: Why can’t I just use the men’s products?
A: Since hair loss is hormonal, women face a different set of causes and solutions. Some hair loss solutions for men can have horrible side effects for women. Propecia’s side effects are particularly dangerous for women, so much so that they shouldn’t even touch the pills! Same for Avodart!
Q: Why use products for women?
A: Believe it or not, there are hair loss medications with positive side effects. The drugs Cimetidine (Tagamet) or Cyproterone Acetate both reduce facial hair. It’s a win-win for women whose hair is “migrating” from their head to their face. And plus, many women have both problems at the same time, that is women with hair loss on their head are most likely to have extra hair growth on the face.
Q: What is the cheapest solution for my hair loss?
A: Depends on your treatment approach. If you’ve decided on a medical solution, generic drugs are definitely cheaper than brand-name drugs and just as effective. If you want to try natural remedies take a look at the products available. Emu oil is really expensive, but well-proven, while other oils are cheaper. You might be able to try vitamins that contain specific elements proven helpful for hair loss or general multi-vitamins, instead of buying vitamin mixes for hair loss. As far as shampoos go, generic shampoos for hair loss are also cheaper than name brands. Switching birth control methods could help and buying birth control online is always cheaper than in the pharmacy.
Q: How bad is my hairloss?
A: I can’t see you, so I don’t know! Take a look at this diagram of hair loss in women to put things in perspective.
Q: What’s with the tone of this site? Don’t you take this seriously???
A: I hear you and I get it. Hair loss does suck, I’m not trying to pretend it doesn’t. I’m just an optimistic person and believe that every woman dealing with hair loss can find a solution. For me it was the not knowing that was the hardest part.
Once you have a diagnosis, you’ve got a prognosis, whatever that might be. We can only do the best with what we’ve been given. Take your prognosis and run with it.
You’ve got female patterned baldness? Treat it with medicine. Triangular alopecia? Accept that no amount of shampoo, medicine or oil will work for you and take it from there. Chemotherapy? Remind yourself that God willing you will be well again and that once you stop the chemotherapy, your hair will grow back.