Hair Loss after Pregnancy
Hormonal changes that normally occur during pregnancy affect women in different ways, one of them is the effect on the hair follicles: in some cases women experience an unusual higher than normal increase in hair growth; however, many women can experience a relatively alarming hair loss after pregnancy – normally two to three months after giving birth, but it could last up to a year. There are a number of women that are susceptible to thinning hair anyway and pregnancy just accelerates this process; although it is important to take into account that if you don’t stop losing hair at a higher rate than the normal (around 100 days a day) six months postpartum, you might be suffering from alopecia or an hereditary hair thinning but this is normally confused by hormonal changes associated with pregnancy - in order to receive a proper diagnosis, a visit to the dermatologist is sometimes required.
Possible Treatment: hair density in the majority of women should be back to normal between six to twelve months after childbirth, in this case no especial treatment is required; however, if hair loss is associated to alopecia then minoixidil should be prescribed to combat this condition.
Hormonal Changes in Women: Menopause and Hair Loss
Hormonal changes associated with menopause can trigger the fall of hair and thinning hair; this type could be considered a form of androgenetic alopecia, but it differs from the male pattern as it preserves the front hairline and it normally doesn’t progress into baldness. Any alteration in the balance of female sex hormones has a direct impact on the “male sex hormones” in women; this is the main cause of thinning hair. The process can also be activated by hormonal replacement therapies.
Possible treatment: in these cases, it is highly recommended to use monoxidil; however, it is always a good idea to consult a dermatologist.
Hair loss caused by hormones and aging
Follicular degeneration is a common process of “gradual fall of hair”; it is estimated that by the age of 50 years old, around 50% of women will suffer from this condition to a certain degree, which is directly linked to hormonal changes related to the ageing process of women and men in general.
Possible treatment: hair loss due to ageing is normal and it won’t make you go bald; although it is difficult to stop it, a normal and gentle hair care will extend the live of your healthy hair.