Why is My Hair Falling Out? 5 Reasons That May Cause Unexpected Female Hair Loss

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Why is My Hair Falling Out? 5 Reasons That May Cause Unexpected Female Hair Loss

There are many reasons why Female Hair Loss may occur unexpectedly. Some of them will be named in this blog post. These are medication, heavy dieting, birth control pills, thyroid disorder and aneamia or iron deficiency.

  • Medication.  Medication, like antidepressants are a common treatment for clinical depression. However they come with many side effects, including insomnia, nausea and hair loss. Medical experts say the only way to stop medication induced hair loss is to stop with the medication. But as with clinical depression this is not recommended try to lower dose or switch to a different brand or generic version of the medication.
  • Dramatic Weight Loss due to diet. Dieting in a safe and healthy manner is of course our preference. Contrarily, rapid weight loss and a lack of proper nutrients can be the reason for a heavy hair loss. Cutting on nutrition and calories may force body to go into a starvation-like mode. In order to protect itself, the body re-directs proteins to only vital functions, such as preserving muscle.  Since hair is mostly made a protein based keratin, hairs will go to a resting phase instead of continuing to grow before they fall out. This phenomenon is referred to as telogen effivium. To prevent this, it is important to maintain a correct balance of nutrients while dieting and keep the body hydrated.
  • Birth Control. The advantages of the oral contraceptives are well known and appreciated by many of us and our partners. But, the pill can also be responsible for significant hair loss. Oral contraceptives prevent pregnancy by suppressing ovulation through introduction of the female hormones oestrogen and progestin or progestin alone. Women who are sensitive to hormonal changes can lose hair severely, while on the pill. Messing with hormones is capable of damaging the hair thickness. Therefore, it is recommended that women use the pill with low-androgen index for birth control.
  • Hypothyroidism. This is a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the T3 and T4 hormones, which help regulate body’s metabolism. There are a lot of symptoms associated with the condition, but hair loss is one of the most visible. Hair cycle relies on proper functioning of the thyroid and the normal level of thyroid hormone. Too low or too high levels of hormones can cause hair loss everywhere on the body. Thus, resolving the thyroid problem should also solve any hair loss issues.
  • Iron Deficiency Anaemia. Women who have heavy periods or don’t eat enough iron-rich foods may be prone to iron deficiency, in which the blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells transport oxygen to cells throughout your body, giving you the energy you need. One of the symptoms: fatigue, weakness, and pale skin. You may also notice headaches, difficulty concentrating, cold hands and feet, and hair loss.  What you can do: Eat iron-rich foods such as beef, pork, fish, leafy greens, fortified cereals, and beans—preferably, along with foods rich in vitamin C, which enhances iron absorption. Women need 18 mg of iron a day, 8 mg after menopause; ask your doctor if you should take an iron supplement. You can also add supplements specifically for hair loss, Alec Kurucz says. Key ingredients include Biotin, Iodine, in addition to Vitamin B12, Niacin, Folic Acid and Zinc.female hair loss


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