The Physical Causes of Thinning Hair & Hair Loss in Women Can Sometimes Be Surprising
Hair loss can be devastating under any circumstances and understanding why and how it’s happening to you is the first step in fighting back. To find a solution we must understand the cause. On the “Medication & Hair Loss” page under “For Women” we have covered thinning hair and hair loss as a side effect of taking certain medications. On this page we will discuss the physical causes of women’s hair loss and what we can do to slow, stop, or possibly reverse the damage done to our hair.
Physical Causes are Things Like Medical Conditions and Physical Shocks…
Sometimes physical conditions can cause hair loss. Some of the things that may cause hair loss are thyroid problems, scalp infections (fungal or otherwise), other skin disorders, autoimmune diseases (such as Alopecia Areata), Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, vitamin deficiencies, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal causes (such as pregnancy, taking birth control pills and menopause), physical shocks or stressors (such as excessive weight loss, surgery, high fever, or intense illness), and Scarring (Cicatricial) Alopecia. (We discuss the different types of Alopecia on another page.)
Any one of the above can combine with other things, such as medications, emotional trauma/stress, and environmental issues to make the hair loss worse. That is why it is very important to try to resolve or eliminate the possible contributors to help stem the tide and aid in the healing process.
No matter what is causing your hair loss, try to keep your stress level down! Stress and worry can make the hair loss worse. It can cause you to pull and twist your hair, damaging it and possibly pulling even more out. Reducing your stress level can go a long way toward combating thinning hair and hair loss. I know, easier said than done!!
More About Medical Conditions…
If the hair loss is caused by a short term medical condition or by hormonal changes, then once the issue has been resolved, the hair loss will more than likely stop as well and the hair will probably “grow back to normal”. It may take a while for the damage to be reversed, but it generally will reverse, eventually. If you’d like to try to speed up recovery or if you do not see improvement within a few months, you can also choose to apply other treatment options.
If the hair loss is caused by a long term medical condition then there are still things you can do to lessen the effect on your hair and possibly even stop the hair loss. This may not work for everyone so talk to your doctor regarding treatment options that are available to you that won’t adversely affect your existing medical condition.
Physical Stressors Can Cause Your Hair To Freak Out Too!
Physical shocks such as severe illness, excessive weight loss, surgery, high fevers, etc., can all trigger hair loss. This happens when the body shuts down hair growth (as it is not necessary for survival) to direct its energy towards healing and repairing vital body parts. Usually, the hair regrows once the body has recovered though in some cases it does not. There may also be a period of time (1 to 3 months or so) between the physical stressor occurring and the beginning (or end) of hair loss. This does happen, so if you’re wondering why your hair is thinning or you are losing more strands and you have had some type of physical shock or stressor in the last few months that just might be the culprit.
So What’s The Answer To All This???
There are quite a few treatments out there, not all of which will work for you, and some of which just don’t really work at all. There are things like topical solutions (like Rogaine), laser hair therapy (like the Nutreve Personal Hair Therapy laser, as well as in-office treatments at a local clinic), supplements, hair care products, transplants, weave, hair systems (wigs), scalp reductions, skin lifts, etc. So which ones work, and which ones are right for you? You will find information in the pages of this website to help you decide.