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Factors Triggering Female Hair Loss

by Jane Meggitt

While male pattern balding gets all the publicity, female hair loss is almost as common – but not as severe. Certain factors trigger female hair loss, causing temporary or permanent hair shedding. You can work proactively to avoid these factors, or just deal with them if they are of a temporary nature.

Postpartum Hair Loss

Your body goes through lots of changes after giving birth, but one of the lesser-known side effects is postpartum hair loss. Many new mothers panic when they realize their hair is falling out, but there’s good news. This is just a temporary effect, occurring because estrogen levels drop after pregnancy. While postpartum hair loss usually begins within four months of childbirth, the problem usually corrects itself by baby’s first birthday.

Genetics

Male pattern hair balding results from genetics, and so does the female equivalent. There’s not much you can do about a genetic predisposition to hair loss, but you can start using over-the-counter products such as Minoxidil designed for hair growth as soon as you notice the problem and discuss ways to disguise hair loss with your stylist.

Vegan Diets

Vegan diets are trendy, but they can exacerbate hair loss. That’s because not consuming animal protein takes a toll on hair growth, especially with a lack of iron in the diet. It is possible to receive adequate iron from supplementation, but supplemental iron is a balancing act. If you consume a vegan or vegetarian diet, consult a nutritionist to ensure you are receiving adequate iron and other hair-healthy nutrients.

Medications

Some medications may cause hair to thin or fall out. These include common over-the-counter products such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen or ibuprofen. Long-term use of these drugs has other serious side effects, so it is best to visit your doctor if you have pain issues requiring regular use of these medications. Other drugs that may cause hair loss over time include those prescribed for high blood pressure, antidepressants and blood thinners. Since these medications are necessary for specific health problems, don’t stop using them if you experience hair loss but discuss the situation with your physician.

Stress

Stress is bad for hair, and sometimes it’s the factor you can’t quite put your finger on when trying to figure out why your hair is falling out. When you’re stressed, hair doesn’t fall out immediately. Instead, you may notice hair loss several months after a difficult period in your life, as stress causes hair follicles to retreat to a resting phase, falling out a few months later.

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