Hair Loss After Pregnancy

Your newborn baby has just turned three months old and you are just starting to get the hang of motherhood. Your body is starting to feel good, there is just one thing that terrifies you- your hair is falling out in chunks! Don’t worry as unnerving as this is, it is perfectly normal. How can losing hair be normal you may ask? Well while pregnant your body is overflowing with those amazing hormones that help your body care for a baby. During this time period many women say their hair seems fuller and thicker, partly this is due to those hormones which actually prevent hair loss during pregnancy. Following birth and breast-feeding, your body reduces those unneeded hormones as your body returns back to normal postpartum. The down side of that is whatever hair follicles you didn’t lose during nine months (typically you lose 30-100 hairs a day), are all coming out now. What can you do to help prevent so much loss at once? The following three tips are sure to help.
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Don’t deplete your body of needed vitamins

Just as a prenatal vitamin was essential during pregnancy, it is just as essential while breastfeeding and as your body recovers from pregnancy. Typically it takes a woman’s body a complete year to recover from having a baby. So make sure your body doesn’t become deficient nutritionally and continue to take your vitamins. This will help your hair to stay healthy and prevent loss of hair due to being deficient in vitamins and minerals it needs to grow.

Don’t abuse your hair

As your body is balancing itself hormonally postpartum, be especially kind to your hair. Excessive pulling such as wearing your hair up in a ponytail or bun all the time will cause additional pull to the follicles of your hair. This will make them weaker and more likely to fall out or thin where there is pulling or strain. Don’t worry, all will return to normal before pregnancy, but in the meantime be kind to your hair. Avoid brushing multiple times a day and blow drying too.

Take extra time to nourish your hair

Though time may be sparse now while caring for a baby, try to take some time to nourish your hair. Doing a hydrating treatment with oil or conditioner every few weeks will help hydrate your hair and may lessen the fall out of hair. Though tempting avoid any type of chemical treatments such as dying or perming your hair. Instead of preventing fall out, this may encourage it. There are quite a few over the counter hydrating and nourishing treatments found in your local beauty store that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Post-partum hair loss can be devastating. However, you can have peace of mind by taking the time to nourish your hair, resist abusing it and making sure you continue to give your body the vitamins it needs. Yes, take comfort in knowing that though this is normal following having a baby, that there are things that can be done to avoid unnecessary hair loss during this time period.

Stress And Hair Loss- Stress Play A Role In Hair Loss?

The belief that stress can cause hair loss stems from the fact that many presidents, including President Barack Obama, were sworn in young and fresh only to leave the Office of the President with grey hair. So, can stress really cause hair loss?

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In a few short words, that really depends on the kind of stress you’re experiencing. Emotional stress like breaking up with your boyfriend will not be enough to cause a significant amount of hair loss, however, if your stress is significant enough to disrupt your body’s physiological functions, it can cause a great proportion of your hair to go on a resting phase and then shed.

Changes to your diet, taking medicines and disruptive lifestyle changes can disrupt your body’s hair cycle. The good thing about it is that once you address the underlying cause (or it goes away on its own) your hair will grow back to normal.

What are some examples of stressors that can cause hair loss? They include inconsistent use of oral contraceptives, losing more than 15 pounds in weight, going a low calorie diet, low estrogen levels after giving birth, high fever, severe illnesses and infections, high fever and major surgery. Thyroid diseases and nutritional imbalances like Vitamin D deficiency and having too Vitamin A can also cause hair loss.

Know what caused your hair loss isn’t always easy because there’s usually a three-month to six-month lag between the stressor and the resulting hair loss. If you’re experiencing hair loss right now, you need to go back to the events from three to nine months before.

If you’re going through a bitter divorce, it could cause to lose a lot of weight or lose sleep, thus causing hair loss because of the resulting stress to your body. You do NOT lose hair just because you hate your husband.

Doctors who are specialists in hair loss actually think it’s “ridiculous” to blame stress for hair loss. Normal everyday stress does not cause stress. Only stress factors that cause you to lose sleep and raise your stress hormone levels to historic highs can do that. Hair loss could be also be caused by thirty types of diseases.

In order to understand hair loss, you need to understand how the process of hair growth works. People usually have 120,000-150,000 hair strands on their head. Around 90% of these strands of hair grow by half an inch every month for 2 or 3 three years before “resting” for three to four months, after which they fall off and get replaced by a new one. It’s normal to shed 100 strands of hair everyday.

If you’re experiencing severe hair loss right now, the first thing you really need to do is to consult a hair loss specialist. Don’t jump into conclusions on the cause, especially diseases, because there are perfectly normal people who still experience hair loss. Your hair doctor can help you pinpoint the cause and address it.

Understanding Androgenetic Alopecia in Women

Androgenetic alopecia is a common medical condition. It affects more than 20 million females in the United States alone, and almost half of those women are under the age of 40. Angrogenetic Alopecia is a form of hair loss, and the associated emotional stresses caused by that hair loss can have a serious negative impact on the self esteem and well being of sufferers.

we have the technology by pnoeric, on FlickrAndrogenetic Alopecia is different from male hair loss in that it does not always have a straightforward cause. Treating androgenetic hair loss is not easy, but there are some things that can be done to slow the progress and restore the hair to its normal, healthy and thick state in some cases.

If the hair loss is identified when it is still in the early stages and the hair is simply thinning, then the hair loss can be managed via growth stimulants. The growth stimulants do not treat the cause of the hair loss, rather they mask the symptoms by encouraging new hair to grow. This is a good short-term measure but it should not be the primary form of treatment used in the long term.

Identifying the Causes of Hair Loss

Doctors can run a series of tests to identify the causes of hair loss in women. The good news is that most causes of hair loss are conditions that can be treated, and hair growth will return to normal once the condition or cause is under control. Common causes of hair loss in women include an overactive thyroid, hormonal imbalances during pregnancy or the menopause, and genetic responses to auto-immune conditions. Once the condition has been identified, treatment may begin.

Treatments for hair loss can include anti-inflammatories, anti-androgens and androgen blockers, as well as the growth stimulants mentioned earlier. In many cases, doctors may advocate the use of all three. The growth stimulant will encourage hair to grow back, while an anti-inflammatory shampoo keeps your scalp healthy and makes it easier for the hair to grow. Meanwhile, anti-androgens or androgen blockers inhibit the hormone activity in your scalp, preventing further hair loss.

If you have a thyroid problem or a hormonal imbalance then your doctor may prescribe medications to address that issue as well. Hormone replacement therapies can be incredibly effective at managing a range of medical conditions, and will help you to stay generally fit and healthy.

Over the Counter Treatments

It can be tempting to simply purchase an over the counter treatment to manage thinning hair, and there is a good chance that the treatment will work for a while. However, the possibility that your androgenetic alopecia is caused by an underlying medical condition should not be ignored. Speak to your dermatologist and your doctor, and request a series of tests to make sure that you do not have an underlying medical condition. If your tests come back normal, you will have peace of mind, and if a condition is identified then you will be grateful for the chance to have it treated.