Are You a Female Losing Hair? Read This.
Hair loss is a definite stressor for most men but it can be downright life changing. There are also many different causes for women to lose their hair as well as many things you can do to help prevent it. One thing to remember is that you are certainly not the only female to go through it! Some causes (and possible solutions) include:
- Physical Stress: This is any type of physical trauma such as a surgery, the flu or car accident. This type of hair loss is usually temporary as it sends your hair into the shedding phase prematurely.
- Anemia: Almost 1 in 10 women suffers from anemia (an iron deficiency). Hair loss is just one of the many symptoms that can come with anemia other being fatigue, headache, dizziness, and pale skin. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to determine if you are anemic. An iron supplement should quickly correct the problem.
- Hypothyroidism: This is a term for having an underachieve thyroid gland which is critical to metabolism as well as growth and development. Your doctor can do tests to determine the cause. If this is the case a synthetic thyroid medication should return your levels to normal.
- Alopecia: This is an autoimmune disease which means that the body attacks itself. This type of hair loss usually results in round patches of hair loss on the scalp. People that suffer alopecia usually see their hair re-grow.
- Lack of protein: If your body is lacking in protein long term is may start shutting down hair growth. The obvious answer to this issue is to start eating more foods containing protein such as fish, meat, and eggs.
- Emotional Stress: When dealing with big emotional stress such as the death of a loved one, divorce, etc the body can react in a variety of ways, one of them being hair loss. As with physical stress hair loss the likelihood of regrowth is high.
- Menopause: There are a lot of changes that take place in your body during menopause due to the low level of the estrogen hormone. This can cause hair to become dry. A good tip is to use mild shampoos and a good conditioner.
- Heredity: Unfortunately there just isn’t much you can do about heredity. To see if female hair loss runs in your family look at your parents and grandparents to see if their hair is thin. With this type of thinning it usually begins at the part and widens.
If you notice that you are beginning to lose hair it may be wise to set up a doctors appointment to see if there are any steps you can take to help prevent further loss.