About Female Hair Loss

Female Hair Loss Causes

There are almost too many medical reasons why we women lose hair. Some are from our lifestyle, some are circumstantial, some environmental in origin, and some, sadly, are genetic and inevitable.

Here’s a quick list for you to skim through – each of these items can be researched at length, or brought up in your next visit with your physician.

  • Hormonal shifts, particularly those during pregnancy and menopause
  • Genes/Heredity – history of female relatives with hair loss
  • Poor Diet / Nutritional challenges
    • Low nutrient density food intake – Standard American Diet
    • Protein-deficient food intake – vegetarians & vegans not getting enough protein
    • Sudden weight loss and anorexia, which is more common in women than men.
  • Stress:
    • Physical (through prolonged sickness or flu, or repetitive strain injuries, or lack of sleep)
    • Emotional (anxiety or depression, and mood regulation issues)
  • Medication side effects from:
    • Chemotherapy
    • Some antidepressants
    • Other medications – always research any pharmaceutical drug and ask your pharmacist about interactions if you are taking multiple medications.
  • Vitamin Imbalances:
    • Excess Vitamin A
    • Deficient Vitamin B
    • Anemia, which is often (but not always) caused by iron deficiency
  • Trauma to the head or scalp.
  • Autoimmune disorders
    • Thyroid disease
    • Lupus (also more common in women than men).
    • Hair-specific autoimmune disorders, like alopecia areata and alopecia universalis -conditions where the body mistakenly attacks hair follicles thinking they are foreign invaders

Please do share your thoughts or ideas if I’ve missed any of the many causes of hair loss in women!