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Hair Loss in Women Causes. Hair loss is more common than you think.

July 10, 2009 in Uncategorized

Female Hair Loss Accounts for 40% of Cases

Alopecia is the scientific term for hair loss, and there are four reasons that explain most female hair loss. While the vast majority of female hair loss is temporary or relatively treatable, there are rare cases of female hair loss that are permanent. Historically, research and understanding of female hair loss has not been as forthcoming as it has been for men, in part because hair loss in men seems tied to the testosterone hormone, however, for women the medical answers are not as simple. Perhaps socially and emotionally the topic of hair loss for women has just been more difficult for them to face or they were put off by predominantly male doctors who had no answers. Whatever the reasons, the American Hair Loss Association reports that about forty percent of all hair loss cases are women.

Most common causes for hairloss in women:

  1. The American Hair Loss Association recommends that women evaluate their family’s histories or their personal risk factors for hair loss before using oral contraceptives.
  2. Andogenetic Alopecia is a form of female hair loss that typically thins the hair evenly across the scalp and is related to high androgen index birth control pills. Just like men, the hormone DHT, a derivative of testosterone, shrinks hair follicles until they are too small to allow normal, if any, hair loss.
  3. The hair loss caused mostly by chemotherapy is called anagen effluvium, and is usually temporary. A third kind of female hair loss is called traction alopecia caused by trauma to the affected hair follicles from overly tight ponytails, braiding, cornrows, and extensions. This hair loss can be temporary but should be addressed as soon as possible, or prevented altogether.
  4. The fourth most common reason for women to lose their hair is Telogen Effluvium. Hair has three phases, the growing phase, the resting phase, and the shedding phase. Telogen Effluvium occurs six weeks to three months after any variety of traumatic or extremely stressful events. This type of hair loss is typically also temporary, however, for some women it can recur for years or indefinitely. Any woman who believes she is experiencing hair loss should seek a doctor willing to help her find a solution.

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