One of the hardest thing for a woman to hide is hair loss, be it the hairline or just throughout the scalp. Most of us will come to expect hair loss with getting older, postpartum hormone changes or even stress. Excessive hair loss or thinning can be frustrating but not only that; it could be an indication of a more serious health problem.
More commonly, hair loss is related to a thyroid imbalance, if your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.
Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they’ve had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.
Hair thinning is also a symptom of a vitamin deficiency, excess of mercury or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
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