It’s a sad truth that female hair loss and balding are especially taboo subjects. For many women, the taboos surrounding female balding contribute to social isolation, anxiety, and depression. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we believe that knowledge is empowering. A recent article about female hair loss shared by Natural Fertility Info recounts the most common causes of hair loss among women. Today, we’re sharing six of those causes so that women can assess what factors are behind their own hair thinning or baldness.
- Birth control
Some birth control pills contain the same chemicals that contribute to male-pattern baldness. Over time, taking these pills could potentially cause hair loss for women.
- Low thyroid function
Many women will suffer from thyroid-related problems at some point during their lives. If your hair loss is accompanied by fatigue, unexplained weight gain, aching joints, constipation, dry skin, feeling cold regularly, or poor sleep, then visit your doctor to investigate whether you have a thyroid condition.
- Hormonal imbalances
High blood sugar levels, excess body fat, elevated levels of androgens (like testosterone), and anovulation can all cause hormonal imbalances in women that contribute to hair loss.
- Nutrient deficiencies
Low levels of vitamins A and E, low iron, and insufficient protein intake can all detrimentally affect the health of women’s hair.
- Chronic inflammation
Hair loss can be a sign of common inflammatory diseases like celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Natural Fertility Info quotes Dr. Lara Bridden saying, “Inflammation hyper-sensitizes your hair follicles to a normal amount of androgen. Reduce inflammation by avoiding food sensitivities such as wheat, and/or dairy, and by correcting intestinal permeability.”
- Giving birth and breastfeeding
Traumatic events like pregnancy alter the regular functions of the body, and many women experience delayed hair loss after childbirth or during breastfeeding. If you are experiencing post-partem hair loss, you will generally regain your hair within 6–12 months of giving birth.
Women also experience permanent hair loss from autoimmune disorders like alopecia areata and genetic conditions like female-pattern baldness. If you’re experiencing permanent hair loss, we have the solutions for you. Contact Vinci Hair Clinic today to begin your hair recovery journey.