Q&A: What Causes Male Pattern Baldness In Women?

woman concernedQ: What causes female male-pattern baldness? What can I do about it? – A. W.

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A: To be clear, female pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in women and it is different from male pattern hair loss.  Male pattern baldness usually begins with a receding hairline and progresses to a bald spot at the top (crown) of the head. It is uncommon for women to bald in this pattern. Instead, with female pattern baldness hair thins at the crown and not at the hairline (edges). It typically does not result in complete baldness.

The reason for female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it may be related to any one of these reasons: