Female Hair Loss: Here’s What Could Be Causing It

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female hair lossAccording to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s normal to lose 50 to 100 hair strands every day. But for women who’ve had to deal with the visual cues of losing more than the average each day, the problem can be very distressing. However, knowing the underlying cause of a problem and addressing it is always the best way forward. Here are the common causes of female hair loss.

Androgen-Related Problem

Hormones play a crucial role in regulating hair growth. For instance, estrogen (female sex hormone) helps prolong the growth phase of hair, while androgen (male hormone) will keep the hair’s growth phase short. Health problems like hormonal imbalance, stress and polycystic ovarian syndrome lead to excess androgen, causing the constant shedding of hair.

In addition, genetics could also predispose people to androgenetic alopecia. Commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia is a hereditary condition that affects approximately 80 million people in the United States alone. Women who suffer from this condition will typically experience thinning crown because each falling hair strand is replaced by finer and shorter hair. Studies show that this condition is brought about by a gene that increases activity of androgen receptors in the hair follicles.

Postpartum Hormonal Changes

During pregnancy, women will experience a surge of estrogen in their system keeping the hair in its growing phase, giving mothers-to-be thicker tresses. After pregnancy, as estrogen level declines, strands will soon fall out, often giving women the impression that they’re losing more hair than usual. Fortunately, postpartum hair loss is a temporary condition which lasts for at most six months. Hair fall due to lower levels of estrogen is also a problem for perimenopausal women.

Nutrient Deficiency

Iron, protein and vitamin B12 deficiencies are some of the common causes of hair loss. The endocrine system and hair follicles need a good supply of these nutrients in order to function well.

Thyroid Problem

Thyroid glands secrete hormones to help regulate the body’s metabolism. Thyroid gland disorder will have an impact on the hair follicles. For instance, excessive secretion of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) will lead to the growth of finer hair, while less secretion of this hormone (hypothyroidism) can cause hair loss all over the body.

Female hair loss can be a very worrying problem for women. However, it is a common and oftentimes temporary condition which can be resolved by addressing the underlying medical condition or using other hair loss solutions at Custom Hair Tampa Bay. To schedule a free consultation at one of our three locations click here.


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