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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. Your provider may request 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.
From the information gathered during your consultation, your provider will decide what, if any, tests are needed.