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Female Hair Loss

The most common form of female hair loss is Androgenic Alopecia, also known as female pattern baldness. This is seen as hair thinning predominately on the top and sides of the head. It affects one third of all susceptible women, but is primarily seen after menopause, although it is sometimes seen in puberty.

Normal hair fall is 100 to 125 hairs a day. Fortunately these hairs are replaced. True hair loss occurs when hairs are not regrown or when daily shed exceeds 125 hairs.

Genetic hair loss can come from either side of the family. There are two different kinds of hair loss medically known as Anagen Effluvium and Telogen Effluvium. Anagen Effluvium is generally due to medications such as chemotherapy agents, poisoning the hair follicle. Telogen Effluvium is due to an increased number of hair follicles entering the resting stage. The most common causes of Telogen Effluvium are:

  • Physical stress: surgery, illness, anemia, rapid weight loss.
  • Emotional Stress: mental illness, death of a family member.
  • Medications:high doses of vitamin A, blood pressure medication,gout treatments.
  • Thyroid abnormalities
  • Hormonal causes: pregnancy, birth control, menopause.

When the above causes are reversed or altered you should see a return to normal hair growth.

Diet Considerations

Hair loss may also occur due to dieting. Franchised diet programs which are administered by a physician with prescribed meals, dietary supplements and vitamin digestion have become popular. Sometimes a client is told the vitamins are a necessary part of the program to prevent hair loss associated with dieting. From a dermatologist standpoint however, the vitamins cannot prevent hair loss associated with rapid, significant hair loss. Furthermore, many of these supplements are high in vitamin a which may magnify hair loss.

Physical and Emotional Stress

Surgeries, severe illness and emotional stress can cause hair loss. The body simply shuts down production of hair during periods of stress since it is not essential for survival and instead devotes its energy to repairing vital body structures. In many cases there may be a three month delay between the event and the onset of actual hair loss. Furthermore, there many be another three month delay in the return of noticeable hair growth.

This means that the entire cycle can last 6 months or longer when induced by physical or emotional stress. There are some health conditions that may go undetected that can contribute to hair loss. These include anemia, low blood count and thyroid abnormalities. These conditions can be confirmed with a simple blood test.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes are a cause of female hair loss. Many women do not realize hair loss can occur after pregnancy or following the discontinuation of birth control pills. It is important to remember that the hair loss may be delayed by three months following the hormonal change and another three months may be required for new growth to appear.

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