5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Female Hair Loss
Are you experiencing female hair loss? You may be feeling confused, lonely and self-conscious.
Even though as many as 50 percent of women have visible hair loss or thinning by the time they are 50 years of age, this topic is usually not openly discussed and is often seen as taboo.
It’s definitely normal to feel emotional about losing your hair, which can make it a tough topic to bring up. However, talking openly about your hair loss, especially to your doctor is an important step to help you regain a healthy head of hair. And yes, it can happen. There are many different options available to you, that could potentially give you back the healthy head of hair you once had.
If you believe you are losing more hair than the normal 50-100 hairs a day, or if you experience sudden hair loss, the first step is to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss it. It is recommended that you do this early in the process so that you can find out the cause of your hair loss, which may help slow or stop the progression.
Since many of us often get anxious or nervous at doctor appointments, write your questions out ahead of time to ensure you get through each of them. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
1) What could be the cause of my hair loss?
2) Could my hairstyle be affecting my hair loss?
3) What treatments are available to stop or slow my hair loss?
4) Will my hair grow back? How long will it take?
5) Should I see a specialist like a dermatologist?
In order for your doctor to answer your questions and determine the cause of your hair loss, you will need to provide specific information about your hair loss. Many women experience hair loss differently and have various causes, so talking about your personal experience is necessary. Before your appointment, start keeping track of your symptoms.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that you keep track of these details:
- When did your hair loss begin?
- Does your hair loss seem consistent, or does the amount of hair you lose change?
- How much hair do you find each morning on your pillow?
- How much hair do you find in your brush each day?
- Has the condition of your hair changed? Is it more brittle, drier, more likely to break, or does it seem to grow more slowly?
- What medications and supplements do you take?
There are many possible causes of female hair loss including heredity, stress, and hormone changes including pregnancy or menopause. There are also a variety of treatment options for female hair loss including medications, hair products and hair transplants such as NeoGraft.
Working together, your doctor can help you understand your options to stop the progression of your hair loss, determine whether hair regrowth is likely and to discuss your next steps.
To learn more, consider talking to a physician in your area to see what options you have and the best next steps to take.