Female Pattern Baldness condition presents as a change in the density of the upper region of the hair compared to the sides and the rear, it can feel much finer and look quite transparent. The onset of this is usually gradual although the individual can perceive this to have worsened more recently.
Interestingly this affects both men and a woman at any age from puberty upwards and therefore isn’t exclusive to the senior age group as is thought to be.
Male and female pattern thinning may have other medical associated conditions, such as in women Polycystic Ovarian syndrome or hormone imbalances. However, in most cases, this inherited hair loss condition is NOT due to raised levels of hormones. Androgen Dependant Alopecia is predisposed of the inherited condition and is triggered by the influence of circulating male (androgens) hormones. The hair follicle becomes sensitive to these hormones causing the affected follicles to miniaturise, this results in terminal (mature) hairs gradually developing into finer smaller (vellous) hairs.