5 Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women

May 7th 2016

Although these are some of the most common causes of female hair loss, a number of other health factors may be involved. Consult a doctor for a professional diagnosis before trying any home hair loss treatments.

Genetics

Women with a genetic history of hair loss may experience female-pattern baldness, a thinning of the hair with age. This occurs when the hair follicles begin shrinking, producing finer hairs over time and eventually ceasing hair production altogether. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 30 million women in America are burdened with hereditary hair loss.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition whereby the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone, leading to hair loss, depression, unexplained weight gain, difficulty concentrating, constipation and fatigue. The condition is 10 times more likely to affect women than men, and it is more common in women over the age of 50. After diagnosing the condition with the appropriate blood tests, a doctor may prescribe a thyroid hormone medication.

Anemia

Women may experience anemia

Sources

WebMD.com "Women and hair loss: possible causes" http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/features/women-hair-loss-causes
MayoClinic.com http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/basics/causes/con-20027666
ABCNews.Go.com "9 causes of hair loss in women" http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WomensHealth/reasons-losing-hair/story?id=13320129&singlePage=true

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