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Female Hair Loss: Is It Hereditary?

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Sue recalls the females in her family who also suffer from hair loss and provides advice for women who are afraid to talk to their doctor about hair loss.

I do have a family history of hair loss on my dad’s side. He had three sisters and all three of them wore wigs for as long as I can ever remember. Never saw them without their wigs, but I knew that they had severe hair loss. I think my grandmother also did. She didn’t wear a wig but she was just one of those old ladies and that’s the only way I ever remember her.

My cousin on my dad’s side has extremely thin hair, much more than I do, almost looking like a chemotherapy patient and she doesn’t do anything about it because I don’t think it bothers her. My sister has thick hair, my brother has thick hair and I was the one child in the family that got the thin hair from my dad’s side.

Well the advice that I would give other women is the advice that I got from a girlfriend of mine who, when I was complaining about my hair loss she said, “Well you have to go to my doctor, Dr. Leibsohn. He is the one that helps me,” and I never thought that she had a problem with hair loss because her hair looked great.

So, I would say seek out a dermatologist and find, keep looking until you find somebody that has experience working with women who have hair loss issues.

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