Women and Hair Loss

Hair loss is common, even among women. It is a natural part of life, but knowing what causes it can give you more control over it. Here are three common reasons women experience hair loss.

PHYSICAL STRESS

In general, any type of physical trauma can cause temporary hair loss. It may be that a surgery, a car accident, some severe disease or illness (or even a simple one like the flu) puts undue stress on the body and that causes an unexpected shift in hormones. This can lead to an imbalance—for a little while—which can result in speedier hair loss or slower regrowth.  Typically the body resets and restores back to normal.  New York City dermatologist, Marc Glashofer, MD, advises: “When you have a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, (pushing) more hair into the shedding phase,” adding that hair loss can often become noticeable between three and six months after the traumatic event.

Of course, this cause of Capilia hair loss is easy to treat and prevent.  Find ways to stay calm and relax every day. For some people this may be exercise but for others it may be meditation. While exercise is, in itself, a type of physical stress, it is the type of physical stress that the body naturally craves—and needs—in order to perform optimally.

VITAMIN A

Most of the time, your doctor will probably tell you to up your vitamin game—take a supplement or eat more natural, organic produce. However, too much vitamin A can, apparently, result in excessive hair loss.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the Daily Value of Vitamin A should be around 5,000 International Units (IU) for adults. The average supplement provides between 2,500 and 10,000 IU.

Obviously, if this is the reason for your hair loss, it is any easy cause to reverse. Simple reduce your Vitamin A intake; remember, though, that vitamin A is not only available in supplements but also in fruits and vegetables you might eat on a daily basis.

PREGNANCY

The body goes through so many changes during a pregnancy that it can be hard to keep track.  And while hair loss during pregnancy can be somewhat common it is, fortunately, temporary.  Gestational hair loss—much like gestational diabetes—is a temporary condition resulting from the body adjusting to the baby. This influences metabolism, hormones, and physical stress management.

Most of the time, if you experience hair loss while you are pregnant there is nothing to worry about. When the baby is born the body will return to normal and your hair will grow back. Of course, you can always eat as healthy as possible and get physical exercise if you want to reduce this risk.