Incidence of female androgenetic alopecia (female pattern alopecia)

Dermatol Surg. 2001 Jan;27(1):53-4.


Background: Female pattern alopecia seems to be increasing. A recent article suggests that female androgenetic alopecia may not be androgen dependent and is a different entity than male androgenetic alopecia.

Objective: To determine the incidence at different ages of female androgenetic alopecia in 1000 Caucasian women 20 years of age and older.

Methods: A total of 1006 Caucasian women were examined for the presence of female androgenetic alopecia.

Conclusion: Female androgenetic alopecia is quite common beginning in the late 20s and reaching its peak after 50 years of age.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alopecia / pathology*
  • Female
  • Hair / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Characteristics