Temporary hair loss is a huge concern for women, but rest assured, it is one that can be fixed.
Not all hair loss is equal.
Of course there is your typical male pattern baldness, which hair restoration surgeons frequently encounter.
But there also is temporary hair loss, which many people start to suspect when they see more and more hair accumulation in their brush or comb each day.
How do you know if you should be concerned about the amount of hair in your comb or brush each day?
Experts say if you see more than 100 hairs lost per day over an extended period of time, you should take note.
How do you know, though, if your hair loss is the result of some irreversible genetic risk you inherited, or a medical condition with a mysterious cause?
There are a number of medical conditions and factors that can cause temporary hair loss that are treatable without hair restoration surgery.
The following are a few of the common, underlying cause that may explain your temporary hair loss.
- Hypothyroidism: Another term for this is an underactive thyroid. Under normal circumstances, the thyroid gland regulates how your body uses energy and how sensitive your body is to other hormones. With hypothyroidsim, the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain hormones, which in turn upsets your normal chemical balance. One of the results can be thinning hair. Fortunately, when properly diagnosed, hypothyroidism can be controlled and any hair loss that has occurred can be reserved.
- Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during and after pregnancy can lead to a number of changes in your body. Following pregnancy, women can experience an abnormal amount of hair loss when the hair follicles shift into a phase called shedding. This condition typically ends three to four months after pregnancy. However, if hair loss continues well after pregnancy, it may be a sign of a more significant hormonal imbalance that requires a consultation with your physician.
- Stress: Extreme physical stress, such as crash dieting or a high fever, can shift the hair follicles into a premature shedding phase. The reasons for this connection are not well understood but your hair restoration surgeon or physician can provide treatment or therapy for your underlying condition. Once the stress is under control, your hair follicle cycle may return to the more normal phase.