Why is my Hair Falling Out? Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Why is my Hair Falling Out? Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women


Your hair sheds a little bit every day, and that’s a natural part of life. The average woman loses anywhere from 50-100 strands each day[1], but if you begin to shed or lose significantly more than that or notice that your hair isn’t growing back as it used to — that’s a problem. Hair loss can look different for different women. Hair loss can be anything from finding extra strands in your hairbrush or shower drain to female pattern hair loss or baldness. 

Hair loss can appear as: gradual thinning on top of the head, patchy bald spots, sudden loosening of hair, or full body hair loss.[2] There are numerous underlying causes or triggers to hair loss and it can be hard to pin down the exact reason why you’re experiencing it and how to remedy the situation. 

Women who are older than 40, who have just had a baby, who have just undergone chemotherapy, who wear hairstyles that pull on the hair or use harsh chemicals on the hair, or who are menopausal are most likely to experience some sort of hair loss. 

Different types of hair loss: Genetic and Reactive


If you’re experiencing a progressive, gradual reduction in hair volume, there’s a chance that your hair loss may be due to your genes and family history. This is one of the most common causes of hair loss and is a hereditary condition called androgenic alopecia, or female pattern baldness. 


Reactive hair loss means the hair loss is reacting to a change in your body, such as, nutritional deficiency, severe stress, hormonal imbalance, or an illness. 

Hormonal imbalances

A hormonal imbalance can lead to many health and beauty issues, from adult acne to weight gain. If your hormone levels are irregular, the effects will radiate throughout the body – including your hair. Hormonal imbalances in women are caused by several health conditions or lifestyle changes like pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, menopause, and thyroid disease.[3] 

Medical conditions

Many medical conditions or illnesses can cause hair loss as either a symptom of the condition or as a result of the treatment. Medications and supplements can cause hair loss, such as those used to treat high blood pressure. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that can cause patchy hair loss, and is usually not permanent.[4] Toxic substances, including those used to treat cancer through chemotherapy or radiation, can cause sudden hair loss. 


We’re all familiar with the concept of stress literally making your hair fall out. It’s true. Extreme physical or emotional stress or trauma can cause temporary hair loss. Emotional stress caused by mental illness, loss of a loved one can cause hair loss. Physical stress caused by sudden and/or dramatic weight loss, surgery, illness, having a baby, iron deficiency, or vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss. These types of hair loss tend to be temporary.[5] 

If you’re suffering from female pattern hair loss we can help. To find a Transitions Hair Loss Center near you and schedule a free consultation, click here.

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[1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20372926

[2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20372926

[3] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/8541-thyroid-disease

[4] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12423-alopecia-areata

[5] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16921-hair-loss-in-women

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