Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Alopecia is the medical term for excessive or abnormal hair loss, which is a sign that something is wrong with your body. Hormone imbalance, disease, certain medications or lifestyle factors can cause a change in the hair growth and shedding phases. Once the cause is dealt with, hairs go back to their random pattern of growth and shedding, and abnormal hair loss stops. Fortunately, hair loss may simply be a reaction to a short-term event such as stress, pregnancy, and the taking of certain medications. In these situations, hair will grow back once the event has passed.

Medical conditions involving hormonal imbalances

Androgen sensitivity (resulting in Androgenetic Alopecia)

Menopause

Thyroid disorders

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Lifestyle factors

Immune system irregularities (resulting in Alopecia Areata)

Physical and/or emotional stress (resulting in Telogen Effluvium)

Nutritional deficiencies (especially protein, iron, zinc or vitamin A)

Chemotherapy treatments (resulting in Anagen Effluvium)

Lack of sleep