Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

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While men’s hair loss is something that’s spoken of openly and candidly—simply because you see more of it—female hair loss is talked about much less. Women’s hair loss affects more than 30 million women in the US — for a variety of reasons, ranging from genetics to chemicals, hormones and medications. The good news is that there are always options available for women to get their hair back—to feel young and confident all over again.

New Image Hair Clinic is proud to work with women experiencing hair loss, and to show them solutions that work—solutions that are proven. Before determining which solution is best for you, it may be helpful to consider some of the primary causes of women’s hair loss.

What Causes Women’s Hair Loss?

The truth is, we all lose hair every day—on average, anywhere from 50 to 250 strands. Of course, you don’t actually count your lost hair strands each day, but you probably will notice if you see more hair in your brush or shower. The question is, why?

Start by ruling out any underlying health conditions or medical reasons for your hair loss. Consult your medical team of doctors and pharmacists to rule out any medical reactions or undetected illnesses that need attention. Medical causes can range from something as simple as a fungal infection to hypothyroidism and other hormonal conditions. In some cases, when the condition is treated, hair will return to its original fullness. And, in some cases, a disease may be treated, yet the hair loss will continue.

Alopecia Areata is hair loss that occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles and affects more than 6 million people in the United States. Alopecia Areata causes hair loss in varying degrees of severity, from small patches that may re-grow to chronic, extensive loss of hair on the scalp, called Alopecia Totalis, or entire body, called Alopecia Universalis.

Female pattern hair loss also called androgenetic alopecia, is a genetic condition similar to male pattern baldness. Whereas men tend to bald in one area either at the hairline or crown of the head, female pattern baldness tends to radiate around the whole head, thinning throughout. It does not appear very noticeable until there is more than 50% hair loss.

There are other reasons for hair loss that are not genetic in nature. Thyroid disorders and anemia can both cause women to lose their hair. Hormonal changes such as menopause and pregnancy and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) tend to lose hair as a side-effect.

There can also be external causes for hair loss—surgery, medications, chemical treatments, or traumatic events. Serious illnesses and dramatic weight fluctuations can sometimes cause women to lose their hair, as can excessive vitamin regiments or deficiencies.

And please don't rule out STRESS. While any of these conditions can cause temporary or permanent hair loss, stress can exasperate the situation.

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