How Women Lose Hair

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Did you know women could lose their hair? Of course you knew that, women could lose their hair through chemotherapy. But women can lose their hair in other ways and not just because of medical conditions. What are these ways and what can be done to stop hair loss and re-grow it?


When women experience menopause, their thyroid functions at a lower rate than normal. This will cause women to experience thinning of their hair. In fact, a woman does not need to experience menopause to have thinning. Most women who do experience this is because their thyroid is not functioning correctly.


Stress can cause women to lose their hair. There are three different types of hair loss conditions caused by stress:

  • Telogen Effluvium - This is a condition that causes the hair to enter the rest phase early and shortly there after fall out
  • Alopecia Areata- Many different conditions can cause this type of hair loss, which is patches of hair falling out. Emotional stress is believed to be one of the causes of this type of condition
  • Trichotillomania - This is the uncontrollable urge to pull your hair out. This is believed to be caused by uncontrollable stress.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome- This is a condition that develops in up to 10% of women. It affects their ability to have babies, creates cysts on ovaries, affects their menstrual cycle, etc. Sometimes, the only symptom of this condition is the loss of hair.

Female Pattern Baldness- Yes it is true, women can get female pattern baldness, just like men getting male pattern baldness. However the cause is different. In men, it is caused by DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which attaches to the follicle, stopping the follicle from getting the require nutrients. This will cause the hair to fall out and the follicle to eventually die. In women, the cause of their pattern baldness is not known. But could be related to genes or aging.

These are some of the conditions that can cause hair loss in women. Two things are important to remember.

  1. Normally the cause of hair loss occurs some months before the hair falls out. Because the condition that causes the hair to fall out puts the hair strand in its resting phase first, and then it falls out. The resting phase can last up to three months.
  2. If you are a women and experiencing hair loss, it is important to see a doctor to diagnose what is causing your hair loss.
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Jimmy Chase has 430 articles online

Jimmy Chase started losing his hair when he turned 50. He has done lots of studies on loss of hair, in both men and women, to determine what works and what doesn't. He has successfully stopped his hair loss and has even re-grown some of his hair. He wants to help other people learn what he has learned, on stopping hair loss and re-growing hair.

Visit his web site No Longer Balding to learn the way he was able to conquer his hair loss.

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This article was published on 2011/06/02