Exploring the Causes of Hair Loss in Women

causes of hair loss in womenHair loss can be a frightening and embarrassing condition for women. There are many possible causes for hair loss, ranging from an iron deficiency in the diet to a genetic predisposition to thinning hair. If you are experiencing hair loss, Blackhawk Plastic Surgery can help—contact us today to learn more about our Follicular Unit Extraction hair restoration procedure. 

Hereditary Hair Loss

The most common cause of hair loss in women is hereditary hair loss, also called androgenetic alopecia. Hereditary hair loss progresses slowly, and may begin as early as your 20s. Hair loss tends to begin at the front of the head behind the bangs, after which the hairline slowly recedes. While there is no cure or preventive treatment for hereditary hair loss, topical treatments and surgical hair restoration procedures can offer excellent results.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also called PCOS, is a condition that causes a hormonal imbalance in the body. While PCOS is most often associated with infertility, excess levels of male hormones can also cause hair loss. Treatments include birth control pills and weight loss to stabilize the levels of female and male hormones in the body.

Thyroid Problems

When the thyroid produces too much or too little thyroid hormone, it causes changes in your metabolism. When too much thyroid hormone is produced, the condition is called hyperthyroidism. Too little thyroid hormone in the blood is called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is the more common of the two disorders, and affects more women than men. The hair, skin, and nails become weaker as your metabolism changes. Medical treatment for thyroid conditions can help to regulate the level of thyroid hormone in your body, restoring a balanced metabolism and promoting normal hair growth.

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