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What Causes Hair Thinning in Women?

What Causes Hair Thinning in Women?

Did you know that humans shed 50-100 hairs every day? It is true that hair shedding is part of a natural balance, which means that you do not have to worry about it. However, several women often experience heavy loss of hair and it is important to note that hair loss is very different from hair shedding.

Most of you have probably heard the term alopecia, which is the medical term for hair loss. There are three different types of hair loss and they are discussed below.

Anagen Effluvium

Anagen Effluvium is a condition, which is caused by medications that poisons a growing hair follicle. This type of hair loss is usually caused due to radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and the use of some medications. The sudden hair loss due to Anagen Effluvium might happen anywhere in your body.

Telogen Effluvium

The condition of Telogen Effluvium is caused due to the increasing hair follicles number that are approaching the telogen stage (a stage where hair loss happens). The main culprits behind Telogen Effluvium are the following.

  • Emotional stress
  • Abnormal thyroid
  • Physical stress
  • Hormone changes due to menopause, birth control, and pregnancy
  • Supplements and medications

Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL)

Female Pattern Hair Loss or FPHL, also called female pattern alopecia or androgenetic alopecia is one of the common types of hair loss in women. Here are a few common reasons that cause female pattern alopecia.

  • Hormonal changes due to aging
  • Menopause
  • Family Genes

Here are a few more reasons that may result in hair loss in women.

  • Restrictive diets
  • Rapid weight loss or dieting
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • The style of your hair might also be a reason for hair loss especially if it is arranged in ways such as corn rows, braids, or tight ponytails.
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