Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern hair loss, is often the first thing that comes mind in the subject of hair loss. This pattern of hair loss is linked with the levels of testosterone, the male reproductive hormone, but can be occasionally seen in women. However, there may be many environmental, hormonal or genetic causes that may cause hair loss in women. We will briefly talk about these causes in this article.
Hormonal Causes of Female Hair Loss
Pregnancy: Alteration of hormonal levels during pregnancy usually affects the hair in a positive way. However, hair loss may occur when hormone levels decreases after pregnancy. Although temporary, this condition may carry on up to 2 years in some women and the hair eventually grows back as the hair cells stay intact. The best thing to do during this period is to eat healthy and not to stress over your hair. Otherwise stress will trigger hair loss. Always remember that this situation is temporary, and you will regrow your lost hair.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes hormonal disorders in women, may result in hair growth on the face and neck areas, while weakening the hair follicles and lead to hair loss. In addition, polycystic ovary syndrome can cause menstrual irregularities, sudden weight fluctuations and skin problems. If you believe that you are losing your hair due to polycystic ovary, consider consulting an expert.
Birth Control Methods: Birth control pills with hormone content, hormone spiral and such methods may cause changes in hormone levels and discontinuation of such medications may result in hair loss in some women.
Environmental Causes of Female Hair Loss
Eating Habits: Unhealthy eating habits, shock diets and absorption issues can cause hair loss. In such cases, hair cells weaken as they cannot get the amount of nutrients, they need such as iron, zinc, vitamin D, protein, thus the issue of hair loss occurs.
Cosmetics: Chemical processes such as hair lightening, ombre and dyeing disbalance the pH, moisture and oil levels of the hair, causing dryness in hair and scalp. In short, if you don’t feed your hair well, you may lose them.