Stress Distresses Tresses

Shedding light on why women lose their locks

Hair loss isn't something that plagues men only. Twenty-five percent of American women will suffer from genetic hair loss at some point in their lives, according to this Healthology Press article on ABC News.com.

The most common cause of hair loss in women is female pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. Like male pattern baldness, it is caused by a sensitivity to male hormones.

But women may be able to hide the problem longer because of the way they lose their hair.

"If I lose half my hair and it's on the top of my head, I'm going to be bald. If I lose half my hair and I'm a woman, it's diffused all over my head, so it's just going to be thin hair or 'see-through hair,'" says Dr. Michael Reed of New York University School of Medicine.

The second most common reason that women lose their hair is due to a condition called telogen effluvium, according to this article from the American Hair Loss Council. It can be caused by physical or emotional stress, pregnancy, thyroid disorders and some medications. When the cause is corrected, the hair usually returns.

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