Hair loss can be distressing for anyone but for women in particular, it can be very traumatic and worrying.
There are actually a number of reasons why hair loss can occur in women and there are definitely positives that you can take from the fact that innovative and effective treatments and remedies exist that can help you to alleviate and resolve the problem.
Nearly half of the women in the UK are affected to some degree by hair loss, which is referred to in medical terms as Chronic Telogen Effluvium. Here is a look at some of the causes and symptoms as well as the help and treatments that are available to counteract the problem.
Menopause and hair loss
This time of change in a woman’s life can lead to hair loss, but it is often a combination of factors that trigger the physical reaction of losing hair rather than one single cause.
Modern woman do tend to experience higher levels of stress and anxiety than ever before, with a hectic family life and work commitments, which often leads to some women leaving little time in their schedule to consider their own health or wellbeing.
Menopause can be one of the triggers to bring on a sudden increase in hair loss and it is not something that should be ignored as there is a lot more than vanity at stake.
Menopause hair loss can lead to anxiety, depression and also be a factor in causing you to experience feelings of low self-esteem. If you suffer hair loss as a direct result of going through menopause, the positive news is that menopause related hair loss is a temporary rather than permanent issue to contend with.
The changes to your body
Understanding what is happening to your body when you go through menopause will help you to take a more objective view of what is occurring and allow you the chance to take positive steps to minimise the hair loss.
When your levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone fall as a result of menopause, it can cause the hair follicles to become noticeably thinner. An increase in production of androstenedione is another aspect of menopause and can lead to some women experiencing male pattern hair loss.
Other hair loss causes
Menopause is just one of the causes of hair loss in women and other reasons can be stress, iron deficiency and nutritional or hormone deficiencies.
Birth control pills and other medications can also be contributory factors as well putting your body through too many crash or yo-yo diets.
Always seek medical advice when you first start to experience hair loss and health problems, so that you can hopefully identify what the specific problem might be, in order to redress the balance as well as finding a solution to your hair loss.
Finding a solution
There are many modern solutions to the problem of hair loss and a good example of the range of treatments that are now available would be the resolution offered by Longevita, who use a method known as PRP therapy to stimulate hair growth.
There are also some drugs available that are designed to treat pattern baldness and again, medical advice needs to be taken before you consider this remedy to your hair loss problems.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is one of the modern methods of hair transplant that does not involve removal of parts of the scalp. Instead with FUE, individual healthy hair follicles are taken from the back of the head (donor area) and transplanted into balding parts. No skin is removed, just hair. FUE combined with Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) produces the best results.
In addition to medical treatments available, you should also take a look at your diet and look at ways of boosting your health to encourage hair growth and improve your wellbeing, which is an important aspect of dealing with hair loss.
Changes to your hair care routine
One of the most common misconceptions amongst women suffering from hair loss, is that they feel it is necessary to change their hair care routine in order to reduce the rate of hair loss.
There is actually no structural problem with your hair and regular styling, washing colouring or perming will not have any material effect on your hair loss and will neither speed up nor slow down the process by changing your regular hair care regime.
Hair loss can certainly feel like a real threat to your femininity but there is definitely more hope than heartbreak regarding this issue, when you look at the help and remedies that are available today.
Ozgur Taskaya is the Marketing Manager at Longevita, Turkey’s leading medical travel company. He enjoys sharing his research and ideas online and his articles can mainly be found on personal health, care and lifestyle blogs. Stay in the loop on the latest health, beauty and wellness breakthroughs on Twitter.