Common Causes Of Female Hair Loss
Chronic Hair Shedding (Telogen Effluvium)
Chronic hair shedding affects about 30% of pre-menopausal women, so if your hair is thinning then you’re not alone. The causes of this type of female hair loss can include extreme stress, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances, vitamin deficiencies, on off dieting, severe weight loss, vegetarianism and low protein diets.
If you are experiencing chronic hair shedding then it is always best to take professional advice from a registered trichologist like Harry Callaghan before wasting time and money on unsuitable products and supplements which could cause further problems.
A very common cause of hair loss in women is low iron levels in the blood. In fact the majority of the women who seek help for hair loss do not have sufficient iron for good hair growth. Once the iron levels in the blood are stabilised hair loss should decrease and hair growth should improve. Please note self medication is not advisable without professional support.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Symptoms of low B12 include hair loss, breathlessness, lack of energy palpitations, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, tingling in the hands and feet. Causes of B12 deficiency can be from a vegetarian diet or an adverse auto-immune response. Treatments include ongoing B12 injections.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Although most common in men, pattern hair loss can affect women too. More often than not this is an inherited condition that has passed down the generations but can be successfully treated with the help of a female hair loss specialist. However if the hair loss has gone untreated for a long length of time the hair loss may well be permanent.