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Causes of Female Hair Loss

May 1, 2008
Discovering that you have a hair loss problem is a big deal. Most women are self conscious of their appearances and the thought of going bald is something that you may not be ready to accept. But it is like discovering your first wrinkle on your face you are now faced with it so learn how to deal with it the best way you know how. At first thought, you may assume that your hair loss is due to your age. But as women get older there are several different conditions that can develop over time that may cause hair loss or hair loss may be a side effect of something in particular. Either way you need to learn what is causing your hair loss and if you can stop it or just learn how to live with it.

Moderate hair loss can be normal. The stage in which hair grows is an ongoing process. Typically, hair will grow steadily anywhere from 2 to 6 years at a rate of less than one inch each month. Over time hair will fall out and another hair will start to grow almost instantly. This gradual change of hair loss is something that pretty much goes unnoticed. However, a sudden loss of hair could be a sign that something is wrong. The cause of female hair loss in excess is can't really be figured out too easily due to there being so many factors being involved in causing it.

The first thing that you need to realize is that most of the time your hair loss can be stopped and new hair will grow back naturally once the problem is found but occasionally you may need to seek help to assist your hair in growing back. No matter what you have several options and it won't be long until your hair is growing.

Doctors do have the resources to determine many of the causes of female hair loss. Once that problem is corrected women's hair loss will stop and new hair growth will start to fill in thinning areas.

Some common factors leading to female hair loss include:

Illness or Surgery where you may have received anesthesia. The anesthesia can cause a temporary hair loss usually 3-6 months after the surgery.

Hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance can be detected by a doctor, corrected, and can then start to grow back women's hair.

Childbirth. Over the duration of childbirth, a woman's hormones are usually quite unbalanced and this can cause excessive hair loss. But once they back in alignment women will not have experience any problems growing your hair back.

Medications. Some medicines that are used to prevent pregnancy, treat cancer, thin the blood, or some antidepressants may cause your hair loss. Stop taking the medicine and you will notice your hair will stop falling out and new hair growing.

Infections. If you have a fungal infection of the scalp it may cause hair loss until antifungal treatment is used. Your hair will stop falling out when treated correctly.

Whether you have just given birth to your baby or you haven't changed a thing in your life, if you notice a considerable amount of hair loss you will need to see your doctor who will probably recommend a blood test to find out if

- Hypothyroidism

- If you have an infection

- If you are deficient in a vitamin or if you taking too much

- If you have a hormonal imbalance

Checking blood work results will allow the doctor to assess whether a woman's hair loss is something that he or she can treat. Female hair loss can also be a symptom that something is wrong within a woman's body and that it must be checked out. No matter what is causing a woman to lose her hair, it can be helped. Not allowing female hair loss to get too severe before seeing a doctor is the best way to ensure that it can be helped.
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Experiencing excessive thinning of hair? It may be female pattern baldness. Learn about the causes of female hair loss and how to treat it.
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