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3 Underlying Causes of Hair Loss in Women
by April Maguire
Did you know that thinning hair and hair loss affect 25 percent of women in the United States?
Although female hair loss is clearly a common problem, women with this condition may feel isolated and even ashamed. It’s important that women with thinning hair realize they aren’t alone and seek treatment without hesitation, as hair loss could be a sign of an underlying medical problem.
Types of Hair Loss in Women
While it’s no secret that suffering from thinning hair can be devastating, the truth is that treating the underlying medical condition can reverse many cases of hair loss. Here are a few of the most common medical causes of hair loss in women.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Like male pattern baldness, female pattern hair loss causes hair to thin on the front section of the scalp. In most cases, female pattern hair loss results from hormones and other genetic factors. If you think you’re suffering from this condition, don’t hesitate to see your doctor about options.
This form of hair loss is common after a serious illness or in the months following pregnancy. Fortunately, this form of hair loss typically resolves on its own after a period of time. In some cases, you may need to increase your protein intake to encourage the growth of healthy hair and prevent the body from rationing current protein away from hair growth.
Stress-Related Hair Loss
A serious stress event can disrupt the natural hair cycle, causing more hair to enter the shedding phase. In most cases, your body will readjust after the stressful time in your life is over.
Hope for Women with Hair Loss
While hair loss is more common in men than in women, the condition can be devastating for both genders. Fortunately, hope exists for women with hair loss and hair thinning. By visiting your doctor to identify potential medical causes for hair loss, you can determine the best ways of treating your condition, such as topical creams, hormone blockers or medications.
Hair loss can have a significant effect on your appearance as well as your overall self esteem. In fact, some experts compare the emotions that result from hair loss to those associated with undergoing a mastectomy. If you or someone you love is experiencing thinning hair, don’t hesitate to speak to a doctor about your options. In many cases, female hair loss is, in fact, reversible.
If you or someone you know wants more information about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!