Hormonal Hair Loss in Women

Every day, the average person loses roughly 50 to 100 hairs, and more on days they wash their hair. For some, though, this number is much higher. Chemotherapy and radiation, genetics, and various medical conditions can lead to significant hair loss. According to Simply Scalp, hormonal changes are often an underlying cause of hair loss in women. Here are a few of the more common hormonal changes that women experience that can lead to varying degrees of hair loss.

Common Hormonal Changes that can Trigger Hair Loss in Women:

  1. Puberty. As a woman goes through puberty, a sudden influx of hormones leads to a multitude of changes. The most common changes involve weight gain and the start of the menstrual cycle. Other common changes are mood swings and the development of acne. Sometimes, though, hair loss can occur due to the changing amounts of testosterone and estrogen in the body. This is rare, but happens in some cases. Hair loss usually goes away quickly and the hair grows back healthy.
  1. Changes to birth control. Hair grows in cycles, and two of these cycles are the growing phase and the resting phase. Depending on the type of birth control, the hormones in the pill cause hair to move from the growing phase to the resting phase too quickly. This leads to weaker hair that is more prone to shedding. In addition, people on hormonal birth control pills are at an increased risk of hair loss if there’s a history of baldness in their family. Other forms of contraception can lead to hair loss, such as the patch and IUD.
  1. Pregnancy. A woman’s body undergoes an extreme amount of trauma when carrying a child. From morning sickness to swollen feet, and everything in between, the body’s systems are out of whack during a pregnancy and right after giving birth. The stress to the body caused by a pregnancy can disrupt normal hormonal functions and lead to hair loss. A healthy recovery period after giving birth can usually help restore the body to a safe state and allow the hair to grow back healthier than ever.
  1. Menopause. The end of a woman’s fertile period puts her body under inordinate amounts of stress. Weight gain and hot flashes are the most widely-known side effects of menopause, although hair loss is not uncommon. The body is experiencing a shift in the amounts of estrogen and testosterone produced. Testosterone, often associated with hair loss, can cause a woman’s hair to thin during this time period. Usually, but not always, the hair is restored once the body adjusts to the hormonal changes.

It’s not always easy to undo the effects of hormonal hair loss. But, it’s easier than ever to maintain the appearance of a lush head of hair. According to Advanced SMP, scalp micropigmentation can be a good solution to combat hair loss. It can be applied along a widening part to reduce the appearance of hair loss.


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