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Female pattern baldness
Pattern Baldness does not only happen to men but also in women too. Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) is a progressive hair loss condition common among mature women and females suffering from hormonal imbalances.

Although FPB does not share the similar traits as Male Pattern Baldness, the male's version of genetic baldness, the main causes of hair loss for women are related to genetics quite alike men. It's pretty hard to actually determine whether you face with this condition because the symptoms are very faint and common so you will need to be more aware while detecting this condition.

What causes FPB?

Female Pattern Baldness is a genetic hair loss condition that causes gradual hair thinning all over the scalp. The pattern of thinning are very general and usually resembles diffuse thinning all over the entire scalp. Therefore, it's hard sometimes to actually pinpoint whether the hair loss is FPB or a different hair loss condition like Telogen Effluvium.

The main cause of FPB is directly related to testosterone, the same male sex hormone that is responsible for the Male Pattern Baldness. Women too have this male hormone but in much lesser quantities compared to men.

When testosterone binds with an enzyme in your body known as 5 alpha reductase, it converts into a much more potent form known as Dihydrotestosterone or better known as DHT, an androgenic compound. DHT is responsible for causing hair loss when it sticks to the androgen receptors at the bottom of your hair follicles. Over time, DHT will thin out the hairs causing the appearance of hair loss.
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What Causes FPB?

Female Pattern Baldness is often caused by hormonal issues that exposes the body to the male sex hormone. Some of the few common hormonal issues are

Stress related conditons
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormonal disorders
Premature aging
Birth contraceptives
Chronic illnesses
Any treatment or disease that can affect your body's hormone and its organs is a potential catalyst for FPB. Therefore, to prevent FPB, you must be alert of any medications that you are taking that can affect your hormone levels. In addition, regular check-ups and blood tests can help you avert this unwelcome situation.