What causes hair loss in women?
Women lose hair differently than men. In general, women suffer from what is referred to as diffused hair loss, as compared to the characteristic frontal and crown pattern hair loss that typically presents in men.
Other medical causes of female hair loss are a thyroid hormone imbalance, anemia, low vitamin D levels, post-partum hormone changes, and menopause. Another known cause of hair loss in women is called Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. Medications such as contraceptives, antihypertensives, steroids, and antidepressants are also possible contributing factors in women’s hair loss.
Physical, psychological, and emotional stress can result in hair loss. By middle age, approximately 40% of women show signs of pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia).