Hair thinning accompanied by some hair loss is a natural occurrence as we age, but for women, it’s especially distressing. More often than not, genetics and hormonal imbalances are contributing factors. First, let’s look at some of the reasons why women might begin losing hair.
Hair loss can occur in women 3-6 months after a pregnancy, drastic weight loss, major surgery, or during periods of extreme stress like a job loss or death in the family. It can also be a side effect of certain medications like antidepressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections of the scalp cause hair loss. Excessive styling, chemical treatments and heat can also cause hair to break or fall out. Vitamin deficiencies (iron, B) or lack of sufficient protein in the diet can also cause hair to thin or fall out. On the flip side, too much Vitamin A can cause hair loss. Hormone changes due to pregnancy or going on/off of birth control pills can also trigger hair loss. Auto-immune disorders like Alopecia, Lupus or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can also bring on hair loss.
Hypothyroidism is often the culprit – by the age of 50, one in three women and one in five men will be hypothyroid (low thyroid). In addition to hair loss from your head, you’ll often find thinning of the eyebrows – a dead giveaway that your thyroid is sluggish and needs help. Hair loss can also be a symptom of an overactive thyroid gland, so bloodwork, family history and your symptoms are all important to arriving at a correct diagnosis.
Make sure you eat a diet that’s healthy, get regular exercise and take a good multi-vitamin supplement daily. If you’re anemic eat more iron-rich foods. Biotin is also a good supplement for improving the health of hair, skin and nails. In severe cases, Rogaine for Women (minoxidil) can help regrow or at least maintain the hair that you have.
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