by Viviscal Hair Expert, originally posted on January 9th, 2013
When we think of hair loss, we tend to think of men. After all, most commercials and advertisements for hair loss treatments tend to focus on the male audience, and it’s not uncommon to see male celebrities from Ed Harris to Bruce Willis to Larry David openly own their baldness with humor and sex appeal.
However, the truth is that women also grapple with hair loss. Conditions such as alopecia can strike men and women alike and aging can impact hair growth and volume regardless of gender. In fact, 40 percent of women over the age of 40 report that they have experienced noticeable hair thinning as they age.
Moreover, that likelihood only continues to increase as women age. According to the North American Menopause Society, almost half of all women experience hair thinning by age 50. Shifting hormones during perimenopause and menopause could be to blame for hair loss, and stress, illness and other health conditions (such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism) also could play a role. And, while many people know that cancer drugs could lead to hair loss, medications for common conditions such as depression, acne, high blood pressure and arthritis also could lead to hair thinning and hair loss.
Hence, while some hair loss can sometimes be inevitable, it also can be a symptom of a serious health condition (such as a thyroid issue), so if you notice sudden hair thinning or hair loss, it’s important to talk to your doctor to find out why this is occurring. It will ease your mind to find out if there is something serious to be worried about, your doctor also can talk to you about your options for treatments if you so desire.
Personally, I think there is a new bald trend happening among women lately, and embracing your baldness can be powerful and inspirational. We all inevitably change as we age, and whether it’s wrinkles or loss, these marks of aging don’t have to shied away from or hidden.