It’s a sad truth, but more and more women today are suffering from hair loss. The causes are different as compared to the reasons for balding in men. Hair is often referred to as “the crowning glory”, especially for women. It defines their personality, their sense of style. This is why losing it causes women to panic.
The normal hair growth cycle lasts for 2 to 3 years. Each hair grow half an inch per month during the entire cycle. Ninety per cent of the hair grows at the same time, while the remaining ten is in its resting phase. After three months, resting hair falls out and a new hair will grow on its original location as replacement. During the cycle, it is normal to shed hair. Unfortunately though, some are excessive than the others while some never goes back to re-growth.
Some hair loss reasons for women are attributed to genetic predisposition. People with too much androgen, a group of hormones that interferes the natural hair growth process, tend to lose more hair than others. Androgen hormones include testosterone, androsteinedione, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These hormones are largely found in men’s bodies, and in small amounts with women’s. When testosterone combines with enzymes on the hair cells, it is converted to a stronger androgen DHT which binds with the hair follicles. Excess DHT causes the follicle to shrink and die, and alters the natural resting and growth process. This medical condition is called androgenic alopecia.
Female pattern hair loss is different with males. There are a number of hair loss reasons in women. For example, women who have undergone major surgery may lose large amount of hair due to the illness and stress. Stress, as a source, may cause temporary hair loss. When stability of emotions resume, so does hair growth.
Women often suffer hormonal problems. For example, women with overactive or underactive thyroid glands, tend to have imbalance of androgens. Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome are also prone to hair loss. Correcting this hormonal imbalance also corrects the hair loss issue.
Another hair loss reason for women is attributed to pregnancy. During pregnancy, high levels of hormones cause the body to grow more hair than usual. Eventually, after the delivery, the body resumes its normal hormone production which causes the excess hair during pregnancy to fall out. This is medically referred to as telogen effluvium — a change in the natural hair growth system that often follows childbirth. The same occurs with women who have undergone crash diet, surgery, or a traumatic experience.
Some medicines may also cause hair loss. Birth control pills would be a perfect example. Other medicines, like anticoagulants, for gout treatment, for high blood or heart problem treatment, excess of vitamin A, and antidepressants may also cause hair loss.