Hair loss can be a natural part of ageing, but some people may seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. Treatments can be expensive, unlikely to be available on the NHS, and success is not always guaranteed.
Medications are designed to treat a variety of health conditions, but sometimes they can have unwanted side effects – including changes to your hair. Certain medicines can contribute to excess hair growth, changes in hair colour or texture, or even hair loss.
If you have female pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, any hair loss is permanent. You won't be able to grow back lost hair, but there are clever cosmetic and surgical methods that can camouflage hair loss, and one medicine can help slow down hair loss in some women.
If you think you have female pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, in which your hair is thinning on the top of your scalp, your GP can make a diagnosis by taking your medical history and performing an examination.
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