Androgen-related alopecia (AGA) is a fairly common type of hair loss. It affects both men and women, although it is slightly different for both sexes. Women have two "peak periods" of hair loss - between the ages of 20 and 24 and between the ages of 35 and 39, while alopecia is rather diffuse.
The high level of androgens in women, in addition to hair loss, is the cause of seborrhea, acne, and, hirsutism, i.e. excessive hair growth in the areas typical of men. In any case of diffuse alopecia in women, it is necessary to determine precisely the cause of this state of affairs, often with the participation of many specialists. Hormonal alopecia also affects women in the postpartum period and during menopause.
Postpartum hair loss begins at 10-13 weeks after delivery and lasts up to 20 weeks. In most cases, after a few months, complete hair regrowth occurs. The reason for this state of affairs is the fact that in the II and III trimesters of pregnancy fewer hair follicles than in normal conditions, go into the telogen stage. As a result, in the period from two to five months after childbirth, the number of dystrophic hairs accelerates; this hair then falls out.
Menopausal alopecia is manifested by extensive thinning of the hair at the top of the head. At the same time, symptoms of hirsutism are observed, which over time from the end of menstruation, constantly intensify due to the imbalance of the ratio of the amount of estrogen to androgens. The introduction of hormone replacement therapy with the simultaneous use of external preparations can bring beneficial effects here.