Diagnosing hair loss in women
Diagnosing hair loss in women is not a straightforward process. The condition can be triggered by so many combinations of hormonal changes, genetic factors, and external circumstances. As such, we will run a number of tests to identify the underlying cause, including:
- Blood work to check your iron, ferritin, thyroid, and total iron-binding capacity, as well as your complete blood count (CBC).
- Scalp biopsy so that we can examine your scalp under a microscope.
Hair pull, during which we will extract a small amount of hair to determine if excessive loss is present.
- Densitometry in which we will evaluate the hair follicle under magnification to determine if the hair shaft is miniaturized.