As much as new babies are bundles of joy, the extra hair in your brush after giving birth can feel like bundles of doom.
If you find yourself with wads of hair coming loose every time you run the brush over your head, you are not alone. Postpartum hair loss is a very common occurrence for women, and no reason to panic.
Why Women Lose Their Hair After Pregnancy
It’s really not so much that you lose hair after pregnancy. It’s that you tend to not lose much hair at all during pregnancy. A full and healthy head of hair is part of that special glow attributed to pregnant women.
You see, normally your hair goes through phases of growth and phases of rest. At any given time, part of your hair stops growing and goes into its resting phase. It falls out and is replaced by new growth, while the next portion of your hair enters its own resting phase, and so forth.
But this changes during pregnancy. Due to elevated levels of hormones, fueled especially by increased estrogen production, you hair experiences more growth and less resting. This means that hair that would normally fall out stays on your head longer.
As soon as your pregnancy ends, though, this changes once again. Your high estrogen levels return to normal and your scalp begins to start shedding hair again. Because there is now a good deal more hair that has accumulated during pregnancy, the rate of the hair loss you now experience can seem extreme. This can last up to six months to a year postpartum.
Is Postpartum Hair Loss Permanent?
Some women are genetically predisposed to hair loss, and others experience it during menopause due to hormonal changes. But the above described postpartum hair loss is almost always just a temporary nuisance.
If this is happening to you, what you need is a little patience to get through those months of elevated hair loss. We have some tips for you on how to get through this, from changing your hairstyle, trying a different color, treating yourself to the occasional blowout, and experimenting with different types of shampoo.
Mainly, the best idea is to not let it worry yourself too much and knowing that it will end in the near future. There is a new baby to celebrate and perhaps some new sexy clothes to buy. The less you stress over the temporary hair loss and focus on the fact that you are healthy and not afflicted with some mysterious illness that robs you of you hair, the easier you will get through this period.
Again, estimates range from 6 to 12 months after giving birth for this type of hair loss to subside.
Solutions for Permanent Hair Loss
If it’s been a year and you are still losing an unnatural amount of hair, it may be time to consider other options. Hair loss is certainly not the sole domain of men. About 40% of women will experience hair loss by the age of 40. Aside from the above postpartum hair loss, there may be various other reasons for female hair loss, from hormone levels to stress, weight loss, thyroid issues, or iron deficiency. Some of these may cause more than temporary hair loss.
For both women and men, hormones are most often to blame for their hair loss. This type of hair loss is called Androgenic Alopecia. You may be familiar with the more common Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) or Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL). This is the most serious type of hair loss either women or men can suffer from, because it is usually permanent.
But even if your hair loss is permanent, you have options. The best solution to reverse permanent hair loss is a hair transplant. It’s a minimally-invasive procedure that doesn’t require a lot of downtime, it leaves no permanent scarring, and it can create such natural-looking results they’re indistinguishable.
However, female patients are typically asked that their doctor run a thorough hormone panel to ensure that hormone levels are stabilized. If you are already on some type of hormone therapy as a result of menopause, then you have probably had your hormones checked.
Have Your Hormone Levels Checked
Before a hair clinic proceeds with a female hair transplant, it typically asks women to have a full hormone panel done to assure hormones are not out of balance. This ensures that you get the best possible results from your procedure. You should have stable hormone levels prior to investing in hair restoration.
Here are some specific questions female hair restoration candidates may be asked:
How old are you?
Do you have children? How old is your youngest?
Has your hair loss been slow or was the onset all at once?
Have you had your hormones checked and was an extensive panel done?
Are you presently on any type of hormone therapy?
We hope we have helped you understand postpartum as well as permanent female hair loss and what you can do to reverse it.
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