I regularly receive emails from women who are (sometimes) almost panicked: “Marjolein, I suffer from extreme hair loss. Help, what can I do before I am completely bald? ” High time for an article about more than normal hair loss in women. Well ladies, Brand Name has an answer for you.
Hair loss? You’re not the only one
It will not give you any comfort, but you are not the only woman who at one point is afraid that she is becoming as bald as a billiard ball, when she looks at the number of hairs in her hairbrush. After the menopause, no less than 40% of the women suffer from the thinning of the hair. Thinning does not necessarily mean that you are becoming bald. But no woman wants to lose her hair and we have, I think, seen a woman with such extremely thin hair that you could see her skull well. We do not allow any woman and certainly not ourselves. Yet? Fortunately, there is a big difference between ‘normal’ hair loss and ‘extreme’ hair loss, although many women quickly find that they fall into the ‘extreme’ category. And that’s what we all understand as a woman.
Really extreme hair loss: mostly alopecia
Really extreme hair loss are the different forms of alopecia. There may be bald spots on the scalp or even general baldness, also elsewhere on the body. Alopecia probably belongs to autoimmune diseases, which means that the body attacks itself. In alopecia, the hair root bags are attacked, causing hair to fall out. Alopecia androgenetica is a form in which there are no bald spots but diffuse baldness; spread over especially the top of the head. (For more information see the site of the alopecia association )
Another form of baldness is called telogen efflivium. Here, too, there is diffuse hair loss over the entire head. This can occur acutely but also slowly. This causes are diverse, including many that I will mention below.
Of course, both forms of extreme baldness begin with a worrying amount of hair in your hairbrush. This does not mean that you are suffering from one of these extreme forms of hair loss. It is also possible that you get (temporarily) a somewhat thinner head as a result of the menopause. But regardless of what it is, you want to get into action today, I guess so.
Is the decrease in female hormones the cause?
Because many women in the menopause suffer from thinning hair is often said that this is due to the decrease of female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Because these female hormones in your body decrease, there is, relatively speaking, more testosterone. This is the male hormone that would then possibly cause female hair loss. In my opinion, this is too short because of the bend.
All women, with no exception, are confronted with decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone during menopause. And you probably know, like me, women who, despite menopause, still have a jealous thick hair. In addition, 60% of menopausal women do not suffer from excessive hair loss. That the decrease of our female hormones is the cause is therefore not obvious. However, this does not mean that it can not be the result of hormonal changes in your body. But probably it is something else.
The causes of excessive hair loss in women
The causes of excessive hair loss can be very diverse. Factors that are often mentioned are excessive stress or trauma. Hair loss does not have to occur immediately, it can also occur after the stressful period is over. Think also of undergoing surgery or a firm infection, that is also a form of stress for your body. So go back in time, a month or six, and consider whether stress can be the cause.
All kinds of illnesses or certain medications can also lead to hair loss; read the small print of the leaflet when you use medication. Pay attention; the pill is also a medication and can suddenly lead to baldness. Thyroid problems that lead to metabolic problems can also be a cause. Skin problems and then of course problems with your scalp may be the underlying reason. Also consider excessive use of chemical hair dye products or other unnatural forms of hair treatment.