Women Experienced Hair Loss or Thinning Hair
The silent 40% of people who suffer from hair loss are women. I say silent 40% because hair loss in women is often ignored and not treated as seriously as hair loss in men. Women who lose their hair often times struggle with their self-image as well as endure a continuous emotional rollercoaster. The medical community does not pay attention to women’s hair loss and usually tell their patients that it is just a matter of life and that there are ways to cope with it. This is a major oversight because when a person is constantly struggling with their emotions it takes a toll on their physical well being. Hair loss in women is a serious problem, one that should no longer go unnoticed.
There are two types of hair loss that occur in women. There is temporary hair loss and there is long lasting and excessive hair loss. Temporary hair loss is generally stoppable if the cause of your thinning hair is pinpointed and resolved. Temporary hair loss can lead to long-lasting hair loss affects if the root cause is not treated immediately.
When hair is thinning in excessive amounts it is known as “Alopecia”. There is a common denominator among all types of hair loss, and that is the fact that there is most definitely a physiological reason that your hair is falling out. It could be that you just have a gene in your body that makes you more prone to hair loss, or you are on a certain type of medication and this is one of its side effects. Other instances include hormonal imbalances as occurs in pregnancy or stress. In these situations, once the cause of hair loss has ceased your hair will go back to its normal state.
The following are a few scientific terms for the causes of hair loss in women.
Androgenetic Alopecia is diffused thinning on all parts of the head. Unlike men women usually incur this type of hair loss. Men usually have concentrated hair loss on a particular part of their head whereas hair loss in women will take on a combination of two patterns. Androgenic alopecia often occurs in women due to the androgen hormone, which is a male hormone that shows up in the female body in small portions. This type of hair loss is tied to varied hormonal fluctuations such as ovarian cysts, birth control pills, pregnancy and finally menopause.
Telogen Effluvium is a type of hair loss that occurs when your body goes through something traumatic such as childbirth, severe infection or illness, major stress, or major surgery, these are all factors that can contribute to Telogen Effluvium. When your body goes through something like one of these instances the hair that is in the process of growing, or has already grown can begin to shed. Avoiding this type of hair loss is possible by steering clear of extremely stressful situations.
Anagen Effluvium is commonly related to the hair loss that occurs in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Chemotherapy targets and destroys the cancer cells that divide quickly and in the process it also destroys other quickly dividing cells like the hair follicles in the growing phase, thus, hair loss.
Traction Alopecia is the last cause we will discuss; this occurs when trauma is inflicted on hair follicles due to stiff hairstyles that are too tight on the scalp.