Hair loss in women is a subject that was kept in the dark for many years before being brought to light in the last decade. Perhaps the only reason people started talking about hair loss in women was because of the need to market anti-hair loss products and medications to women. Other than that, it seems as though people are quite ignorant about the fact that women too can go through traumatizing experiences of hair loss. In the last few years, enormous progress has been made in unearthing the mysteries of female hair loss. However, there is a lot more that remains to be done in order to make any proper development or breakthrough in this field. Before anything, people need to address female hair loss as a separate problem from male hair loss. The two are quite different in nature, and therefore demand different forms of treatment.
A Problem for Millions of Women
There are more than 30 million women in the United States of America who search for hair loss problems every single year. That is just the number of women who are trying to do something about their loss situation. Think of the countless other women who are not even making a genuine attempt to fix their hair loss predicament. Like men, women too can be quite neglectful about their hair loss. Some women embrace hair loss as a natural process of aging while others simply blame their genetics and count their falling hair strands.
What Causes Female Pattern Hair Loss?
Most of the women who experience hair loss are probably undergoing female pattern baldness. This hair loss condition has been cited as one of the most common causes of balding in women across the world, and not just in the United States of America. Researchers have not been able to pinpoint an exact cause for female pattern baldness yet. However, several factors for hair loss in women have been identified by researchers. At this point in time, it would not be wrong to attribute any one of these factors as one of the potential causes of female pattern baldness. Here is a list of seven such factors:
● Hormonal imbalances (fluctuations in the levels of androgens and estrogens) can cause thinning hair or baldness in women.
● Over or under activity of hormonal glands is a prime suspect in female hair loss. The fact that women who suffer from thyroid disease experience hair loss gives us ground to believe that irregularities in hormonal glands can lead to hair loss in women.
● The use of medication or drugs of any kind can cause mild to severe hair loss in women. Sometimes, the use of anti-hair loss medication itself can compel the hair strands to become weak and fall off the scalp. Yes, the irony in the hair care industry is quite staggering indeed.
● When women (and men) are affected by diseases, especially diseases which harm the scalp, then significant hair loss can be an unavoidable outcome of this disease. Sometimes, ovarian tumours or autoimmune diseases such as Lupus can cause havoc in the scalp and lead to tremendous hair loss. There are documented cases of women experiencing partial to complete baldness due to being inflicted with an autoimmune disease.
● Physical or emotional trauma can sometimes trigger an overwhelming amount of hair loss. In fact, emotional stress has been identified as one of the major causes of hair loss is millions of people around the world.
● Drastic weight loss in the form of crash dieting, bulimia, protein deficiency or zinc deficiency is known to affect the health of hair and can cause significant hair loss in the long run.
A Deeper Look into Female Hormonal Imbalance
Among all the factors mentioned above, the one that people should be talking about the most is the effect of hormonal imbalance on female hair loss. You can label this as pretty much the leading cause of hair loss in women. What is interesting is that most women who suffer from hormonal imbalances do not even realize what they are going through. Hence, when they start losing their hair, they can find no reason for why they are going bald. Often time the physicians themselves are unable to educate patients on why they are experiencing hair loss. This is because the amount research that has been conducted on the connection between female hair loss and hormonal imbalance is not sufficient. More data is required for people to fully understand this problem and tackle it effectively.
Abnormal activity of hormones or hormonal glands can spell disaster for your hair. In some women, the hair loss fades away as soon as the hormones and their glands return to their original state. However, there are women who can experience persisting hair loss due to the continued effects of severe hormonal imbalances.