Women Hair Loss

There are estimates that anywhere from 1/3 to ½ of all women experience significant hair loss at some point in their lives. Does this describe you? Unfortunately, people often imagine that balding isn’t a female issue, but women make up a significant portion of NY hair transplant patients.

The genetic form of pattern hair loss known as androgenic alopecia affects women too, though it’s often referred to as male pattern baldness. It’s the most common reason for either gender to seek hair restoration, but there are others. Here we’ll outline 5 of the leading causes of hair loss in women.

1. Hormones

From adult acne to body fat increases, hormones wreak havoc for women. Particularly during and after pregnancy, or menopause, or due to other conditions.

Female hormones are generally hair friendly, while androgens- male hormones- are linked to shortened hair growth cycles. We all have both types working synergistically, but when women experience fluctuations or dominance of androgens, their hair can fall out.

Endocrine disorders like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can cause the hair on your head to thin dramatically, though it may also lead to excess hair growth in other body areas. A person’s family history and genes will also influence their sensitivity to DHT, a metabolite of testosterone, which is a crucial trigger for pattern baldness. When women experience androgenic alopecia, the shedding is typically diffused throughout the head, rather than in the classic pattern men experience.

People who suffer from these types of hormonal hair loss can be ideal candidates for hair transplant in NY.

2. Extreme stress

Major stress and trauma can increase certain hormone levels, which does lead to hair loss. This is often temporary and treating the underlying cause will resolve the issue.

3. Iron deficiency anemia

Iron deficiency is a prevalent factor for female hair loss. Incidentally, iron deficiency anemia also presents as some other health issues including fatigue, dizziness, brittle nails, or cold hands and feet. Women who notice their hair falling out more than the expected 80-100 hairs per day should check with their primary physician to ensure they aren’t deficient.

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4. Thyroid disease

The thyroid helps to regulate your metabolism, controlling proteins and your tissue’s use of oxygen. Any imbalance for this gland can be linked to shrinking hair follicles and a host of other issues, like anemia. Thinning hair and eyebrows can appear along with weight fluctuations when the thyroid is imbalanced.

5. Malnutrition/dramatic weight loss

Vitamin B12 deficiency can affect the function of red blood cells, which in turn, affect your oxygen distribution. Add to that a number of other trace minerals and essential nutrients that form strong hair and malnutrition poses a big problem. Women are more likely to crash diet and “starve” themselves temporarily to lose body weight. (Men are not immune to the temptation of crash dieting either) There are multiple health problems associated with this practice, and aside from the fact that it’s not useful for weight loss in the long term, it can trigger a type of shock loss that causes the body to let go of a lot of hair.

If you want to be healthy, and appear healthy, don’t starve your system from the nutrition it needs. Seek the advice of a dietician or nutritionist for help with safe dieting and hold on to your locks.

If you’d like to discuss your hair loss with the experts, contact Nova Medical Hair Transplant in NY today.

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