Temporary hair loss a concern for women, but fixable
Not all hair loss is equal.
Sure, there’s your typical male pattern baldness that hair restoration surgeons encounter frequently. But what about temporary hair loss—those strands of hair you increasingly see on your brush or comb? If you see more than 100 hairs lost per day over an extended period of time, you may have reason to be concerned. However, how do you know your hair loss is the result of some irreversible, genetic risk you inherited and not some medical condition or mysterious cause?
There are a number of medical conditions and factors that may cause temporary hair loss that are treatable without hair restoration surgery. Here are a few of the common underlying causes that may explain your temporary hair loss:
Hypothyroidism—the thyroid gland regulates how your body uses energy and how sensitive your body is to other hormones. When properly diagnosed, hypothyroidism can be controlled and any hair loss that has resulted in this condition, can be reversed.
Pregnancy—hormonal changes after pregnancy can cause an abnormal number of hair follicles to shift into a phase known as shedding. This condition typically ends three or four months after pregnancy but 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 or the woman may have female pattern hair loss.
Stress—extreme physical stress like crash dieting, or high fever, can shift the hair follicles into 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 and once that is arrested, your hair follicle cycle may return to the more normal phase.