The most common hormonal hair loss problem affecting men and women is primarily genetic in origin (androgen-dependent alopecia or male pattern baldness). In this situation, the inherited tendency towards hair loss is activated by a change in the hormonal balance within the scalp and hair follicle (the precise mechanism is as yet unknown).
Whilst CTE results in diffuse hair loss across the whole scalp, genetic hair loss extends from just behind the front hairline back across the top of the head to the crown area. This hair loss makes the scalp more visible and, if you have a parting, this will often look wider. A further difference is that unlike CTE, which is generally not apparent to other people, genetic hair loss is generally noticeable to others.
The onset of genetic hair loss is usually during the mid to late 20’s. Effective medical treatment is available and usually involves oral anti-androgen and oestrogen therapy. Women requiring such treatment do require a referral to a medical specialist. Under such medical supervision, they can often re-grow up to 40% more hair (13, 14).