8 reasons for Hair loss in Men & Women

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Why is my hair falling out?

It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness. But hair thinning and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary— a vitamin deficiency —to the more complex, like an underlying health condition. Here are some common and not-so-common reasons why you might be seeing less hair on your head.


Almost one in 10 women aged between 20- 49 suffers from anemia due to iron deficiency (the most common type of anemia), which is an easily fixable cause of hair loss. Your doctor will have to do a blood test to determine for sure if you have this type of anemia.

What to do: A simple iron supplement should correct the problem. In addition to hair loss, other symptoms of anemia include fatigue, headache, dizziness, pale skin.

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Hypothyroidism is the medical term for having an underactive thyroid gland. This little gland located in your neck produces hormones that are critical to metabolism as well as growth and development and when it’s not pumping out enough hormones, can contribute to hair loss. Your doctor can do tests to determine the real cause

What to do: Synthetic thyroid medication will take care of the problem. Once your thyroid levels return to normal, so should your hair.

Dramatic weight loss

Sudden weight loss is a form of physical trauma that result in hair fall. It’s possible that the weight loss itself is stressing your body or that not eating right can result in nutritional deficiencies. Loss of hair along with noticeable weight loss may also be a sign of an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.

What to do: “Sudden weight loss seems to shock the system and you’ll have a six-month period of hair loss. Consult your doctor for proper advice.

Female hormones

Hormone changes can cause hair loss, so can switching or going off birth-control pills. It may be more likely if you have a family history of hair loss. The change in the hormones that occurs at menopause may also have the same result. “The androgen (male hormone) receptors on the scalp gets activated, the hair follicles will miniaturize and then you start to lose more hair.”

What to do: This require proper treatment of the underlying cause by your dermatologist.

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Emotional stress

Emotional stress is less likely to cause hair loss than physical stress, but it can happen, for instance, after the death of a loved one, or while caring for an aging parent. More often, though, emotional stress won’t actually precipitate the hair loss. It will exacerbate a problem that’s already there.

What to do: As with hair loss due to physical stress, this shedding will eventually abate. Take steps to combat stress and anxiety, like getting more exercise, trying talk therapy or getting more support if you need it.


Androgenetic alopecia can represents as female pattern or male pattern baldness. “If you come from a family where there is history of baldness or hair loss, then you might be more prone to it. Unlike men, women don’t tend to have a receding hairline, instead their part may widen and they may have noticeable thinning of hair. In men there is receding of hair line that eventually leads to baldness.

What to do: Consult your doctor otherwise it can lead to irreversible type of hair loss. Various advance treatments are available now a days like Platlet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, hair transplant.


Pregnancy is one example of the type of physical stress that can cause hair loss. Pregnancy-related hair loss is seen more commonly after your baby has been delivered rather than actually during pregnancy. “Giving birth is pretty traumatic,”

What to do: If you do experience hair loss, rest assured that your hair will grow back in a couple of months. “It’s a normal thing and it will work its way out.” If you are concerned for falling hair your dermatologist can fix your problem.


It’s common to see hair loss or thinning of the hair in women an men as they enter their 50s and 60s.

What to do: It can be treated by your doctor.

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