Alopecia is a condition whereby hair is lost from the head or body. We all know that men suffer from baldness and general hair loss, but a new survey from Bald Girls Do Lunch aims to raise awareness of alopecia amongst women, and reveal the true extent of the problem.

Here in the UK, Gail Porter, the Scottish TV presenter pictured right, has helped to raise awareness of alopecia to some extent because she has famously lost most of her hair as a result of this condition, but most people still don’t know too much about this condition. This is despite the fact that it can affect 2% of the female population.

Bald Girls Do Lunch, which is a non-profit organisation, have recently conducted their own survey in order to help fellow sufferers of alopecia understand more about this condition, and to look at the effect it can have on a woman’s quality of life.

Here are some of the results of this survey:

53% of people said that alopecia has negatively affected their personal life

33% of people said that alopecia has negatively affected their professional life

64% of people said they wished they were ‘normal’

84% of people would be interested in meeting other alopecia sufferers in their area

I think this shows the extent of the problem because alopecia really can have a negative effect on women’s lives.

Whilst a lot of men learn to live with their baldness, and often embrace it by shaving their heads, many women have to put up with people staring at them all the time, and in some instances asking them if they have cancer.

Plus of course many women feel that it has ruined their looks and are embarrassed when they go out in public, which is why it can negatively affect both their personal and professional lives, as indicated by the results above.

Whilst women can console themselves with the fact that alopecia isn’t a life-threatening condition, it is still hard to live with, and the fact that 84% of women would like to find fellow sufferers that they can talk to, demonstrates this point.

Women who suffer from alopecia do have a few options available to them. For example they could start wearing a wig or opt for hair transplant surgery if they are worried about their looks.

Alternatively they could try to treat the condition by taking supplements such as Har Vokse, for example, that can prevent further hair loss and stimulate the growth of new hair in many cases.

So all is not lost if you are one of the 2% of the female population that suffers from some kind of hair loss. You can reduce the extent of the problem and learn to live with alopecia, and there is always help and support available at sites such as BaldGirlsDoLunch.org, which are designed to help women suffering from this condition.

(image courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Porter)