Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss in women, unlike men, has multiple causes. The most common are shedding and thinning.
The common causes of shedding are:
- Iron deficiency – even in the absence of anemia
- Over and underactive thyroid or too much thyroid medication
- Post childbirth or cessation of a birth control pill.
- Fever and abrupt weight loss Graphic
- Shedding following fever and childbirth is called telogen effluvium.
The medical term for thinning in women is called Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). AGA occurs in 25% of otherwise healthy women. It can begin as early as age 16. Thinning is not uncommon in menopausal women with low estrogen. Of the 25% of women with AGA, 10% of them have a hormone imbalance.
Breakage is most common in women with long curly hair. It is more common in those with very fine hair. It is frequently seen in those who chemically process the hair. The follicle remains normal in spite of hair shaft breakage. If the offending agent or bad hair care habit is discontinued, hair will regrow ½ inch per month. Treatment