Problem of Hair Loss in Women is increasing day by day. Have you been worrying about a receding hairline above your forehead? Are you losing sleep of loosing over 100 strands of hair a day? The rapid hair loss can severely damage your emotional and psychological state. Especially if you are a woman, owing to the social stigma, rapid hair losses can have a traumatizing impact on you. It is a generalized view that losing up to 100 strands a day is normal. If there is a considerable consistent hair loss over a period of time then it calls for investigation. Hair thinning and an increased visibility of scalp also is a cause of concern.

Causes of hair loss in women may be explained as follows:

  1. Acute Illnesses-Hair loss due to acute illnesses like typhoid, malaria leading to increased hair shedding called telogen effluvium, is a major cause of hair loss in women.

  1. Hormonal ImbalanceHair thinning is called as female pattern hair loss in which there is thinning of hair over the crown of the head resulting in widening of the middle hair parting. This is the equivalent of the common male pattern baldness seen in men. This is generally inherited, but can also reflect an underlying hormonal imbalance like poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Hair Loss in Women

  1. Bad hair etiquette-Excessive hairstyling, strengtheners and curling iron or hair products like gels, mousse, sprays, colours, etc. can damage the hair shaft and prolonged usage can hamper its growth. Tight ponytails, wrong combs, parting your hair, can further aggravate the condition.

  1. Anemia– Research shows that there are a huge number of women in India suffering from anemia. One reason may be owing to heavy menstruation or lack of folic acid in body. As a result the hemoglobin production is low and thus less oxygen reaches organs. When hair follicles lack in oxygen they become weak and break easily, leading to hair loss.

  1. Menopause– With menopause a woman’s body undergoes a lot of changes. One such change is lower estrogen levels in the body causing hair loss.

  1. Lack of proper nutrition in diet– our hair is made up of a protein called keratin. With lack of protein rich food in diet may lead to hair loss.

  1. Stress– With the fast paced life style, the stress levels at work place and increased expectations all lead to higher stress and cause rapid hair loss.

  1. Labour– During pregnancy causes an increase of estrogen levels in blood. But post delivery, the same comes back to normal level. This can also cause hair loss. This however temporary in nature and soon it becomes normal after sometime.

  1. Medications– Often intake of birth control pills may lead to side effects. One such is hair loss. Other hormonal pills and therapies may have a similar effect.

  1. Some acute or chronic medical conditions like diabetes, psoriasis. With diabetes fewer amounts of oxygen and nutrition reach the scalp leading to hair loss. Psoriasis is a skin disease which also affects scalps and hair follicles.

So loosing up to around 100 strands of hair daily may be considered normal, if there is considerable hair loss beyond this. Particularly if found consistent over time calls for investigation and treatment. For more information, contact our expert hair transplant surgeon and know more about hair loss treatment and hair transplantation.

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