THURSDAY, Feb. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) — About half of postmenopausal women experience female pattern baldness (FPHL), according to a study published online Feb. 14 in Menopause.
Sukanya Chaikittisilpa, MD, of Chulalongkorn University and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, and colleagues assessed the prevalence of FPHL in healthy postmenopausal women. The analysis involved 178 postmenopausal women (aged 50 to 65).
The researchers found that the prevalence of FPHL was 52.2%. The severity of FPHL, as measured by the Ludwig classification, was 73.2% for grade I, 22.6% for grade II, and 4.3% for grade III. Age, time since menopause, and body mass index (BMI) were all significantly associated with FPHL, but when adjusting for age and family history of FPHL, only BMI ≥ 25kg/m2 was significantly associated with FPHL (adjusted odds ratio, 2.65).
“Female hair loss was prevalent and associated with low self-esteem among healthy postmenopausal women in this small, cross-sectional study,” said Stephanie Faubion, MD, medical director of the North American Menopause Society, in a statement. communicated. “A better understanding of the mechanisms responsible for this common type of hair loss in women may lead to more effective preventative strategies and treatment options.”
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