BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.


Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
BBC Radio 4 - 92 to 94 FM and 198 Long WaveListen to Digital Radio, Digital TV and OnlineListen on Digital Radio, Digital TV and Online

PROGRAMME FINDER:
Programmes
Podcasts
Schedule
Presenters
PROGRAMME GENRES:
News
Drama
Comedy
Science
Religion|Ethics
History
Factual
Messageboards
Radio 4 Tickets
Radio 4 Help

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

Science
CHECK UP
MISSED A PROGRAMME?
Go to the Listen Again page
PROGRAMME INFO
Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
Call 0870 010 0444
Contact Check Up
LISTEN AGAINListen 30 min
Listen to 29 November
PRESENTER
BARBARA MYERS
Barbara Myers
PROGRAMME DETAILS
Thursday 29 November 2007
Close-up of a bald head

Full programme transcript >>

Hair Problems

Whether you have too much hair or too little, or perhaps you’ve got hair in the wrong place, GP Dr Ann Robinson will be in the studio with Barbara Myers to offer her advice.

Too Little Hair
While they may not like it, many men lose their hair with age.

In women, hair loss is particularly common after the menopause, when the hair can thin around the top and sides of the head.

Stress and illness can also cause hair loss. The hair may eventually re-grow, may return in patches or not come back at all.

Some people resort to hair transplants or wigs, while others try hair thickening lotions to help stimulate hair growth.

But which treatments for baldness actually work?

Too much hair
Excessive hair in women, or hirsutism, can indicate an underlying illness. Some women with polycystic ovary syndrome, for example, have excessive hair growth.

In rare cases, hirsutism can point to the existence of a tumour. Hirsutism is also more common after the menopause.

Women from different ethnic backgrounds have different patterns of hair growth. In some it can be normal to have some hair on the face, nipples or stomach.

Waxing or creams are used to bleach or remove unwanted hair. More permanent options include laser treatment and a prescription-only cream. But why is laser treatment less effective in women with a darker skin colour and how good is this cream?

Please contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700-100-444 on the day of broadcast or e-mail using the Contact Check Up link above.

Next week: shoulders
Listen Live
Audio Help
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
DON'T MISS
Leading Edge
PREVIOUS PROGRAMMES
Backs
Feet
Headaches
Obesity
Cosmetic Dentistry
Strokes
Sleep
Posture
COPD 
Diabetes Type 2
Fainting
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) 
The Voice
Childhood Obesity
Hands
Cholesterol
Shoulders
Hair
Lymphoedema
Prostate
IBS
ADHD
Sun Damage
Feet
Alzheimer's Disease
Hip Replacements
Palliative Care
Dizziness
Osteoporosis
Food Allergies and Intolerance
Heart Attacks
Ears
Indigestion
Smoking
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Menopause
Fertility
Fatigue
Epilepsy
Child Health - Back to School 
Varicose Veins
Memory
Itching
Bladder
Jaw
Diabetes
Sleep Apnoea & Snoring
Hernias
Asthma
Oral Health
Headaches
Eyes
Liver Disease and Alcohol 
Stroke
Sore Throats
Stammering
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Cosmetic Surgery
Stress
Statins
Back Pain
Haemophilia & Bleeding Disorders
Essential Tremor
Insomnia
Anaesthesia
Arrhythmias
Urinary Tract Infections
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
PMS
Chronic Pain
Sore Bottoms
Raynaud's Phenomenon
Stomachs
Chronic Resolutions
Common Problems
Inherited Conditions
Knees
Memory
Epilepsy
Angina
Coeliac Disease
Travel Health
Benign Breast Disease
Exercise for the very Unfit
Skin Cancer
Fibroids
Arthritis
Voice Problems
Headaches
Wanted and Unwanted Hair
Noses


Back to Latest Programme
Health & Wellbeing Programmes
Current Programmes
Archived Programmes

News & Current Affairs | Arts & Drama | Comedy & Quizzes | Science | Religion & Ethics | History | Factual

Back to top


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy