What Causes Female Hair Loss – Symptoms and Treatment
Female hair loss can have many causes. Some of these can be the same causes that affect men, such as poor diet, too much tension and an enlarged thyroid gland. However, there are also certain conditions that are specific to causing hair loss in women.
To be clear before I explain any further, when I am talking about hair loss it is not just complete baldness, but also I am referring to hair thinning. It is this hair thinning rather than the hair loss itself which usually first causes a woman to consult a medical professional to identify the cause of the problem.
For males, even though losing hair can be a distressing experience, baldness is socially acceptable. In fact some men even though they have a full head of hair, opt to shave their heads completely to fit their image. For women though things are slightly different. Bald women are few and far between and if you do experience hair loss it is a very traumatic experience.
The most common cause of female hair loss has been found to be that of hormonal changes in the body. We all know that pregnancy, menopause or indeed starting or discontinuing birth control pills can have a huge affect on women’s hormones. In cases such as these, the hair loss or thinning may occur immediately or in a period of up to three months following the change. Then it can take some time, maybe even up to one year, for hair re-growth to be completely achieved.
As mentioned earlier, diet can be another leading contributory factor to loss of hair. The female method of crash dieting to lose weight does nothing to help your situation. Instead to try and prevent hair loss and also lose weight, you should try and avoid crash diets. Improve your diet and lifestyle with regular exercise, eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and drink more water.
Scalp massaging can also help counteract hair loss by increasing and stimulating the blood flow to your hair follicles.
As a final point you need to remember that even though female hair loss is a very distressing and disturbing experience, there are plenty of organizations that can help you cope with your situation. In addition, as distressing as it may be, it is more than likely a temporary situation and the sooner you can identify the cause, the sooner you can start the correct treatment.