Diffuse hair loss is the most common type of hair loss women. In most cases, this type of hair loss is hereditary, though is also a possibility that it can be caused by medication, medical conditions and other different factors. Another type is baldness which is also known as female pattern alopecia. It is genetical and can come either from the father’s or mother’s side of the family. It is usually caused by aromatase enzyme (which is primarily found in women) as well as 5-a reductase (which is found in both men and women).
As a matter of fact, compared to men, women are known to have half of the amount of 5-a reductase; however, they have higher level of aromatase enzyme mostly at their frontal hairline. This enzyme is the one responsible for the formation ofestradiol and estrone hormone in female. Also, it decreases formation of DHT. Therefore, its presence in females can help to explain why hair loss women is so different compared to men mostly with respect of frontal hairline presentation.
It is quite true that women’s hair is more sensitive to underlying medical conditions. Due to the fact that “systematic” problems usually cause a diffuse type of the hair loss pattern that may be confused with the genetic balding, then it is quite important for women having undiagnosed hair loss to be properly evaluated.
Some of the medical conditions that may end up causing diffuse hair loss women are; anemia- iron deficiency, thyroid disease, gynecologic and obstetric conditions such as post- menopausal and post- partum states or the ovarian tumors, stress- general anesthesia, severe emotional problem, and surgical procedures, nutritional- bulimia, essential zinc or fatty acid deficiency, protein/ calorie deficiency, and crash diets, lastly connective tissues diseases like lupus. Therefore, it is good to know what is causing affecting your hair.