Nobody wants to lose their hair, but hair loss in women can be particularly devastating. Men have got it relatively good, and while most are aware that going bald won't in fact make them any more sexy (as the popular myth dictates), for many it isn't the end of the world. The jokes may wear a little thin, but society accepts them.
Unfortunately the same isn't always true for women. In today's image-conscious world female hair loss is commonly seen as some sort of cosmetic sin, and it's easy to feel that society has already judged you, found you 'guilty' and is about to turn its' back on you. Confidence takes a huge knock and the psychological impact can be catastrophic, sparking anxiety and occasional depression.
Society's reaction is often pinned on the fact that male hair loss much more common than female hair loss, hence it's more readily accepted. However this is far from the truth. Figures vary (depending on where you read them), but the general consensus is that between 25-50 per cent of women will experience some degree of hair loss.
It's a surprisingly high figure, and doesn't fall that short of male hair loss statistics. Where men and women really differ is the amount and pattern of hair loss. Women loose less hair, and rather than 'receding' or developing bald patches, the hair tends to thin diffusely behind the hair line. It's not unknown for women to begin loosing their hair as early as their twenties; however it's often only noticeable as they approach the menopause.
Causes of hair loss between men and women also differ, as do recommended treatments (both are discussed elsewhere on the site), but the good news is that every day more and more is being understood about female hair loss and a lot of time and money is being put into developing effective medications.