The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. Hair loss is commonly considered a men’s health topic (nearly two thirds of all men can expect some hair loss by age 60), but women make up 40 percent of all hair loss sufferers. The most common type of hair loss is called androgenic alopecia, which is an inherited tendency to stop producing new hairs. Although androgenic alopecia occurs in both men and women, the pattern of hair loss is quite different. Male hairlines tend to recede, resulting in male pattern baldness. For women, the hair becomes thinner over the entire scalp, and the frontal hairline is usually spared.
Topical minoxidil (Rogaine) is one of the most common hair loss treatments, and is available over the counter in formulations for men and women. Minoxidil can stimulate hair growth and slow down hair loss, but it cannot cure baldness, and it may take up to six months to see any results. Prescription-strength Propecia is another treatment used for cases of male pattern baldness. Hair transplants may also be used as a response to hair loss.
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