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Female Hair Loss: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Female hair loss is a condition wherein, a woman starts her losing hair. Most women experience hair thinning and hair loss where they part their hair or at the top central portion of their head. It could be due to ageing, hormonal changes, hereditary condition, stress or a particular hair style or treatment. Women may also experience hair loss at the time of menopause or post partum period. Medications are available in the form of pills, liquid or gel to stop hair loss and grow more hair. If you want a permanent solution to the problem, your hair can be transplanted by a cosmetic surgery. You can go for wigs or hair pieces if you do not want to go undergo surgery or medications.

How is the treatment done?

You must consult a doctor if your hair loss condition is getting out of hand. The doctor will first prescribe you with some medications. Minoxidil is an over the counter medication that you must rub in your scalp twice a day for 16 weeks. It is available in the form of liquid or foam. There are some medications, like finasteride, that are supposed to be used only by men. Make sure that you consult a good doctor and do not consume the wrong medications. If medications do not work, you have the option to go for hair transplant or hair restoration surgery. It is a fairly permanent treatment to your hair loss woes. Hair restoration surgery is quite effective if the top of your head is facing permanent hair loss. Tiny plugs of skin, containing a few strands of hair, will be removed from the sides or back of your scalp. These plugs will then be implanted in the bald sections of your scalp. However, this process is more expensive and painful. If these treatments do not work out, you may want to try wigs or hair pieces. There are authentic and good quality wigs available which you may choose according to your already existing hair texture.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are a woman facing serious hair loss issues, you must consult a doctor and try to get rid of it through medications. If medications do not solve your problem, you may go for surgery or hair pieces.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are going through some other medical treatment, the hair loss may be due to the side effects of those medications. Make sure you are over with that treatment before going for this one.

Are there any side effects?

Consuming minoxidil may result in scalp irritation, unwanted hair growth on your face or hands and rapid heart rate. You may experience a little pain, infection or scarring if you get hair restoration surgery done.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must follow the guidelines prescribed by your doctor. Make sure that you are consuming a nutritious diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, fish, oysters and other food items rich in vitamin C. Stay away from tobacco and alcohol.

How long does it take to recover?

Minoxidil takes about 16 weeks to show results. Surgery will be done in 2-3 sessions depending on the severity of your condition. It will immediately show results but you will have to take some precautions for a few weeks.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Minoxidil may cost between ₹250 - ₹600 per 50ml. The cost of hair transplant surgery may be between ₹50000- ₹250000 depending on the number of plugs that need to be implanted to treat your condition.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatments are permanent if you keep consuming the prescribed medications and follow the guidelines after the treatment is done.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Rubbing your scalp with coconut oil, lavender oil and rosemary oil is considered to be good in order to stop hair loss. Almond oil is also good for hair growth. You may also try consuming vitamin E supplements to improve the health of your hair.

Safety: Medium Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs 250 - Rs 2,50,000

Popular Health Tips

Causes of Female Pattern Baldness

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Delhi
Causes of Female Pattern Baldness

Causes of female pattern baldness: 

Each hair grows from its follicle, baldness occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. 

Reasons of female pattern baldness:

  • Aging
  • Changes in the levels of androgens (male hormones).
  • Family history of male or female pattern baldness

 There are many reasons other than female pattern baldness, for the occurrence of women hair loss:

  1. Alopecia
  2. Major illness, surgery, or pregnancy
  3. Skin diseases leads to scarring of hair follicles
  4. Hormone problems
  5. Deficiency of iron
  6. Deficiency of vitamin b & other Syphilis
  7. Autoimmune diseases
  8. Breaking of hair

 Symptoms:

  • The hair loss rarely progresses to total or near total baldness
  • Hair thinning mainly begins on the top and crown of the scalp.
  • The front hairline remains unaffected except for normal recession 

 

5 Most Common Gynaecology Problems!

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, Diploma In Ultrasound, Fellowship In Laproscopy
Gynaecologist, Delhi
5 Most Common Gynaecology Problems!

Almost every woman suffers from a gynecological problem at some point or the other. In most cases these disorders are mild and easily treatable, but some gynecological problems can have serious implications and affect their fertility and quality of life.

Here are the five most common gynecological problems faced by women.

  1. Dysmenorrhea: Abdominal cramps and back aches are common side effects of menstruation but some women can suffer from excruciating pain during their menstrual cycles. This is known as dysmenorrheal. This is caused by a decreased supply of oxygen to the uterus due to strong contractions in the uterus. These cramps become less painful as a woman ages and in most cases is resolved by childbirth. Symptoms of this disorder include excruciating abdominal pain, pain in the lower back, inner thighs and hips, nausea and loose stools.
  2. Ovarian Cysts: Ovarian cysts can be big or small and many women live with cysts without being aware of it. These cysts can be described as fluid filled sac like structures that develop around and on the ovary which vary in terms of size and type. Ovarian cysts may or may not be tumors. Cysts can be a result of the growth of a follicle or the breaking down of tissue within the ovaries. In most cases, these cysts dissolve on their own but they should be monitored carefully.
  3. Endometriosis: This is a condition where the uterine tissue grows outside the walls of the uterus. This occurs commonly on the ovaries and fallopian tubes but can also develop on the cervix, bladder, bowel or rectum. The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown. Some theories suggest that it is triggered by retrograde menstruation or the backward flow of menstrual blood into the fallopian tubes. The symptoms of this condition include abdominal cramps, pain during intercourse and bowel movements, bleeding between periods and digestive problems.
  4. Poly Cyst Ovarian Disease (PCOD): PCOD is a condition where the ovaries produce follicles that develop into cysts instead of eggs. This leads to a lack of viable eggs and thus affects a woman’s fertility. This can also cause mood swings and depression. PCOD is triggered by hormone changes and exhibits symptoms such as irregular periods, acne, hair loss and breathing problems while sleeping.
  5. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): UTIs are usually caused by bacterial infections and can be triggered by pregnancy, frequent intercourse, diabetes and as a side effect of certain types of medication. The symptoms of this condition include stinging and burning sensations while urinating, abdominal cramps, painful intercourse and an increased urge to urinate frequently.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Male or Female Pattern Baldness - Know Everything About It!

MBBS, DVD
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Male or Female Pattern Baldness - Know Everything About It!

One of the major problems with hair, especially as you age is the thinning of hair, which exposes the scalp, although it is regularly seen in younger people as well. The surprising thing is that baldness, which is primarily associated with men, can affect women as well.

Male pattern baldness
Male pattern baldness tends to occur in the form of receding hairline that can be accompanied by loss of hair on the top of the head as well as the back. Some of the reasons for male patterns baldness are:

  • Genetic factors such as baldness among the male members within the family
  • Androgen hormonal issues
  • Surgery or major illness which may trigger hormonal changes

Male pattern baldness doesn't only affect men and is known to affect women as well. It is just a type of pattern, which is prevalent more among men although women with high levels of androgen are also known to suffer from it.

Female pattern baldness
The female pattern of baldness is quite different from male pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness primarily spreads from the parting of the hair and then follows a widening pattern. It is not as severe as male pattern baldness where patches may start growing or bald spots may develop. However, the area around the crown may start showing the scalp due to severe thinning. Some of the causes for this could be age, especially in women after 40, hormonal imbalances within the body and some of the similar issues with male pattern baldness as mentioned above.

Treatment
The treatment for male and female pattern baldness tends to be similar in many cases, although certain specific treatments may be administered in other cases. Some of the common treatments include:

1. Minoxidil solution of varying strengths
2. Hair replacement or transplant in certain cases
3. Spray or inked Cosmetics to cover up hair loss
4. Oral medications to kick start hair growth
5. Hair pieces and other appendages to hide bald spots etc.

With female pattern baldness, depending on the underlying factor, hormonal treatments may be required to resolve the problems. Once the underlying problem is resolved, topical and oral medicines can then help in hair re-growth. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy

MBBS, DGO, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
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Hello everyone, I am Dr Archana Prabhu. I am an Obstetrician and gynaecologist, practicing in MUmbai. Today I will like to discuss about Thyroid Problems.

What is Thyroid?

Thyroid is a small endrocrine gland situated in front of the sound box, in the middle of the neck. 

Why is it so important?

The importance of thyroid gland is that it controls our metabolism. It controls the heart rate, skin thickness, texture. It controls our brain, mood, nervous systems, hair and so many other things are controlled by Thyroid. Any thing goes wrong with thyroid. If secretion becomes more, we call it as hyperthyroidism or if secretion become less, we call it as hypothyroidism. THere are problems, out of these problems, 75% of the problems are Hypothyroidism. THat means the secretion through thyroid glands are sub normal. So, I would like to discuss Hypothyroidism.

What happens in Hypothyroidism and how do we come to know that we are suffering from this problem?

Usual problems are;

  • Excessive weight gain
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Swelling in the feet or legs
  • Depression
  • Irritation
  • Lethargic
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin problem
  • Hair loss
  • Difficulty in conceoption
  • Menstrual issues

What happens when patient's thyroid levels are not under control or they are Hypothyroid during pregnancy?

In this case, th baby at its very early stage are exposed to the level of hypothyroidism. There are chances of abortion. In case the pregnancy continues, the baby may develop many complications like, at birth, this baby might be having growth issues i.e, growth retardation.

  • This baby may have jaundice.
  • This baby may develop short stretcher
  • Poor growth
  • Cardiac issues

The very important part here is that mental development of the baby gets affacted by thyroid level. It has been seen when the baby is exposed to low secretion thyroid level in the early months, they develop mental retardation or low IQ.

I dont think that any of the mother would liek to have this kind of baby, that too because of the small thing which she could have checked and be treated and could easily escape from such a complications. Now, they are certain problems which can go really wrong with the mother also if she has hypothyroidism and the levels are not under control. LIke the blood pressure, she may get into preeclampsia. The mother who is suffering from Hypothyroidism are at risk of developing some kind of cardiac problems.

So, friends the important point here is to check thyroid level in your early month of pregnancy. There are levels which are T3, T4 and TSH. Check thema nd if they are shwoing any kind of abnormality, the tablet is started immediately. It is a very small tablet can be taken anytime empty stomach. Throughout the pregnnacy, every 4-6 weeks we have to keep checking thyroid levels and according to pregnancy month, the levels of thyroid are different for the three trimesters.

We have to keep the levels in that particular level. So the dose adjustment and regular checkup are really important. THis can control teh complications and can save the baby and the mother.

If you need any other information, you can contact me through Lybrate.

Thank you.

 

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Commonly Dealt By Teenagers And Young Population- PCOS

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Commonly Dealt By Teenagers And Young Population- PCOS

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. With vast lifestyle changes, today’s young generation is affected by this condition more often. A hormonal disorder, PCOS, causes the enlargement of the ovaries with small cysts on the outer edge. More than 10 million cases of PCOS are treated by the doctor per year. PCOS requires a medical professional to diagnose the condition. Most cases are treated successfully, however, it can be chronic sometimes and last lifelong.

The Causes of PCOS -
The causes of PCOS are not fully known yet but genetics might be a factor. If someone in the family has had PCOS, or has irregular periods or diabetes, then the chances of you having PCOS are likely higher. However, you can still be affected by PCOS even if no one in your family has it. The hormones in PCOS normally gets out of balance and triggers more hormonal change thereafter.

The symptoms of PCOS -
The symptoms might seem to appear a lot later or early, it depends. The most common PCOS symptoms are:

  1. Acne is one of the most frequent symptoms of the disease. The hormonal change causes the acnes to appear.
  2. Weight gain is another symptom of it, the people affected by PCOS even finds it hard to lose the weight.
  3. The growth of extra facial, and body hair. Women often notice the growth of hair on the body parts like face, belly, back when affected by PCOS.
  4. The scalp hair starts to fall. Though hair on the other body part may grow, hair fall occurs near about the scalp area.
  5. Irregular periods is one the major and most prominent symptom of PCOS. Some women have no periods at all while others have heavy bleeding often.
  6. Infertility is another symptom of the disease.

The Treatment and Diagnosis of PCOS –
A number of lab tests are done to ensure the blood sugar level and other hormonal levels. The treatment of PCOS begins a home by eating healthy, exercising and by controlling weight. Walking is a great exercise that can prove to be really helpful in ruling out PCOS. Eating food that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains cure PCOS. People who smoke should immediately quit smoking, as it triggers the chances of having PCOS. One should never opt for any medicines without the consultation of a professional medical expert as it might turn out disastrous later and have fatal effects. There has been advanced diagnostics available for the treatment of PCOS now, and it is curable. PCOS, a commonly dealt complication by teenagers and young population should be detected early for a better treatment. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am losing my hair quickly. What can I do for my hair? Is there any type of shampoo to use?

MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Aurangabad
Hair fall is common now a days. Due to stress and eating habits. And some illness, like anemia, thyroid and hereditary problems. Take following homoeo medicine. Acid hydroflouric 30 (30 ml sbl company). 1 drop 3 times per day x 14 days on tongue. Do not take anything 15 min before after medicine. ALSO use arnica montana Q 30 ml + 100 ml pure coconut oil mix and use before wash twice weekly. Use arnica homoeopathic shampoo take plenty water 3 to 4 liters per day. Eat proper food, carbohydrate, protein, minerals, fruits. Avoid outer food. Dr. raj bonde you may contact me on this site. And check my package and get customized medicines.

I am 20 years old. I have been experiencing hair fall at an alarming rate since last 3-4 months. I have a oily scalp and also dandruff r visible. Please help!

MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Aurangabad
Hair fall is common now a days. Due to stress and eating habits. And some illness, like anemia, thyroid and hereditary problems. Take following homoeo medicine. Acid hydroflouric 30 (30 ml sbl company). 1 drop 3 times per day x 14 days on tongue. Do not take anything 15 min before after medicine. ALSO use arnica montana Q 30 ml + 100 ml pure coconut oil mix and use before wash twice weekly. Use arnica homoeopathic shampoo take plenty water 3 to 4 liters per day. Eat proper food, carbohydrate, protein, minerals, fruits. Avoid outer food. Dr. raj bonde you may contact me on this site. And check my package and get customized medicines.

I am loosing sever hair fall. Hair fall from roots please tell me how I get ride from this problem as soon as possible.

BHMS
Homeopath, Panchkula
Hello lybrate-user, hair fall generally occurs due to either protein deficiency, vitamin d 3 deficiency. So first off all I advise you to go for a blood test for bit d3 and tft test. Than improve your protein intake. Do regular oiling before head bath. There are homeopathic medicines like flouric acid, phosphoric acid which help you in getting rid of it. But still constitutional approach is always better.
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I am 28 year old female and I have severe hair fall since 6 months. I have done many things like visit doctors and home remedies but it has not stopped. Please help me. How can I have long and thick hairs.

MD-Ayurveda,Kayachikitsa(Ayurvedic physician), BAMS, MD
Ayurveda, Jammu
Rule out the cause first. Start with calcium n protein along with vit e.if you dnt find relief consult me.

I am 31 yrs, n have a lot of hair fall since past 1 year, I use dove shampoo n sometimes meera shikakai powder, n most of my hair have become grey, please suggest me good remedy to recover hair loss n grey hair as well. Thanks.

BAMS, YIC, DEC
Ayurveda,
Hi hair fall has many reasons due to lack of hair care and lack of nutritious foods and sleep or due to hormonal imbalance hair fall occurs proper hair hygine will help in healthy scalp and New hair growth use good ayurvedic hair oil with weekly once head massage and good food more of veggies , fruits and nuts occasionally non veg
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice