The Basics of Balding: Androgenic Alopecia

Causes of Androgenic Alopecia

Androgenic alopecia is an inherited, genetic condition thought to be caused by changes in the levels of hormones, notably androgens, that affect hair growth. Some factors that can cause abnormal androgen levels and balding in women are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Having ovarian cysts or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Taking oral contraceptives that contain high levels of androgens

In men, some factors that are related to or may cause androgenic alopecia include:

  • An enlarged prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Advancing age

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