Hair loss is often associated with male baldness, but in reality, it doesn’t discriminate between the sexes. Women who are experiencing hair loss can usually blame their changing hormones. Birth control pills, pregnancy and menopause have all been shown to cause major hormone upheaval, which in turn, causes hair to fall out. The good news is that this is a temporary condition! Once hormone levels are returned to normal, hair will resume its normal growth cycle. In the interim, there are hair solutions available to get you through this difficult period, such as hair replacement treatments and hair wigs.
Birth Control Pills
Oral contraceptives contain estrogen, which is a hormone that stimulates hair growth. Because of this abundant growth (anagen phase), more hair will reach the next telogen (resting) phase, and then the sloughing phase when some hairs naturally fall out. In short, the increased growth means an increased loss. At this point, you may notice clumps of hair on your hairbrush. Once you start taking the pill, but soon hair loss may occur for a couple months then grow back normally. So, hair loss is not a reason to discontinue the pill, as it is temporary and your hair will return to its normal hair cycle within months. Think of this as a small nuisance to be endured for a short time and remember that the advantages and convenience of the oral contraceptives make up its minor side effects.
For some women, hair loss is another bodily change that accompanies pregnancy and childbirth. During pregnancy, women often have thicker, more luxurious hair – hair that has never looked as healthy. This change is due to the fact that more hair than normal grows during pregnancy because the pregnant body produces more estrogen. However, to many women’s chagrin, this is not a permanent condition. Hair begins to fall out about three months after childbirth, because hair growth is no longer stimulated, and hair is in the “resting” period of its natural cycle. Not to worry, this is not permanent. Hair will return to its normal pre-pregnancy growth cycle in no time once hormones return to their pre-pregnancy levels.
Menopause is a time in a women’s life when her menstrual cycle ends. As opposed to pregnancy causes estrogen levels to increase, they actually drop during menopause. At the same time, menopausal women experience an increase in the hormone testosterone which is converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) the male hormone that causes hair loss. An abundance of DHT can also cause increased facial and body hair. Hair will go back to its normal growth cycle once menopause has ended.
The upside of hair loss due to hormonal changes associated with birth control pills, pregnancy and menopause is that they are temporary. Hair will resume its normal growth cycle as soon as hormone levels return to normal. This usually takes a few months – a glimpse of an eye in a lifetime. During those months, however, you don’t want to be hibernating at home so that no one will see you. You can take action and not let this temporary situation impact your life. Go through our website and investigate a variety of hair solutions, such as hair wigs and hair replacement treatments.
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