Inherited hair loss

Picture of examples of male and female pattern hair loss

Inherited hair loss (androgenetic alopecia, also known as male- or female-pattern hair loss) is the most common cause of hair loss. It is inherited from either or both the mother and the father.

  • In men, hair loss occurs on the front hairline and forehead and on the top of the head. Bald spots are noticeable.
  • In women, hair loss occurs as thinning of hair throughout the entire scalp, including the top and sides. Women do not generally have bald spots but rather have overall thinning hair.

Last Updated: June 17, 2008

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology

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