Every woman experiences some type of hair loss at some point in her life. It could be completely normal, losing a few strands here and then when you brush your hair or shower. It could also be a disease where you lose all of your hair. It could simply thin as you age. So what’s a girl to do? First, learn the cause and the type of your hair loss to best find your defense against falling strands.
The medical term for excessive or abnormal hair loss is alopecia and there are different kinds of alopecia. Hair loss could be short term or temporary and can happen during a very stressful time, pregnancy and taking certain medications. Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. In these cases, the hair usually grows back.
One type of hair loss is called Androgenetic alopecia, commonly called male or female pattern baldness. In these cases hormones are most often the culprit. In women, it is due to androgens, the small amount of male hormones women do have. It can be tied to hormone problems including ovarian cysts, taking birth control pills, pregnancy and menopause. Heredity also plays a role in this disease. Chances are if your parents have it, you will get it.
Another common cause of hair loss is Telogen Effluvium which occurs when your body goes through something traumatic like child birth, malnutrition or an eating disorder, a severe infection, surgery or very extreme stress. It is commonly known that cancer patients going through chemotherapy will lose their hair and this is called Anagen effluvium which is an insult to the hair follicle that impairs growth.
There are many treatments when it comes to hair loss but they don’t always work. Always see your primary care physician before you start one, even if the TV commercials seem legitimate. Some treatments do have side effects so be sure to talk about those as well.
Whether you have hair loss because of a terrible disease or simply have traumatized your hair from stress, definitely talk to your doctor about it and try different treatments until one works for you. There are topical and oral treatments available. Until then, hats and scarves are always a great style if you are feeling uncomfortable with your hair.
Have you ever experienced hair loss? What did you do? How did you treat it?