Differences between male and female hair loss

Let's talk about the differences between male and female hair loss. Female hair loss is also known as androgenetic alopecia. It is one of the most common types of hair loss in women, but not in men, and its severity can vary. Women tend to lose their hair differently from men, this is a characteristic of hair loss and especially with age. It is known that most women's hair starts to fall out after the menopause.

Male-pattern baldness

Usually, it's to do with your genes and male sex hormones. Men often have baldness, called male-pattern baldness, or recession, which starts in the front. 

So what is the reason for this pattern?

Much of this is due to genetics and hormonal factors. Whereas female hair loss can be caused by conditions such as androgens. This is a group of increased hormone levels, for example PCOS is known as polycystic ovary syndrome. They have symptoms such as increased facial hair, irregular menstrual periods and infertility. All of these can cause hair loss.

Male hair loss is also linked to genetics and family history. It is due to the male sex hormone androgen, which helps hair growth.

Could it be hereditary?

It is thought that it could be inherited from both parents. It is not a disease; it is a natural condition caused by a combination of genetics. It is also linked to hormones and age. Women and men are known to notice hair loss and thinning as they get older.

What the hair loss pattern looks like

It's different for men and women, so what are the differences? It would all depend on the patient's history and whether there is gradual hair loss or loss of hair on the top of the head. It also has a lot to do with the family history of the patients and wherever they have had the same problems with hair loss. A full examination would be necessary for both men and women.


If you have female or male pattern baldness, you can first mask the hair loss by adopting a new hair style. Early diagnosis is recommended as it can allow you to choose a treatment plan and potentially reduce hair loss in the future. Your treatment plan will most likely consist of one or more medications approved for the treatment of hair loss. What are they?.


Finasteride is an oral tablet taken by mouth. It is intended for the treatment of male hair loss and is not indicated for women. This oral tablet has side effects such as swelling of the hands and feet, dizziness, weakness and impotence. You will need a private prescription as it is not available on the NHS.


Minoxidil is available without a prescription and is used to treat male pattern baldness as well as female pattern baldness. It also has a sufficient symptomatic component. For example, more facial hair, weight gain, irritation, mild head and chest pain.

Be clear that taking this medicine will not work for everyone, and for those who do, it will only work for as long as you take it. Once the problem is stopped it will come back, it can also be expensive as it is not available on the NHS.

Are there any other options?

Do you think low iron can contribute to hair loss? If so, a blood test may be needed to diagnose any problems with your iron levels. However, be clear that there is no evidence to confirm that iron will make your hair grow. You could look at other options such as a diet rich in biotin and folic acid, as these are known to thicken hair. You may find that in one of our previous blogs: Let's talk about different types of biotin diets


We know you may have tried all these options. At Rubenhair, we understand the frustrations and want to reassure you that we are here to help. If you notice that your hairline is receding or your crown is thinning, we know what you're going through. We know the insecurity you might be feeling and the general distress and anguish. Ultimately, for many men and women, this can be traumatic, because a large part of who you are is about your identity, your appearance and the way you present yourself. Your hair is a big part of that. It can be something beyond your control. At Rubenhair, we want you to feel at ease and help you on your hair journey!

Improve your quality of life and book a consultation with the hair transplant specialists at Rubenhair Latvia, who will answer all your questions and determine the best course of treatment. Fill in the online form or call phone +371 267 777 76 and we'll be in touch. www.rubenhair.eu