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Does hair loss affect men and women differently?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Hair loss does affect men and women differently. Hair loss that is caused by heredity, or androgenetic alopecia, is known as male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss. Male-pattern hair loss typically begins at the front hairline and proceeds over the top of the head, resulting in a U-like shape, or begins in a patch at the rear of the head. Female-pattern hair loss generally manifests itself by an overall thinning across the head.

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