Why Hair Loss Can Occur During or After Pregnancy and What You Can Do
Hair loss occurs due to several factors such as genetics, age, stress, medications, etc. However there are certain conditions which cause hair loss during pregnancy. These include:
• Hypothyroidism – This condition causes low thyroid hormone levels resulting in hypogonadism (low testosterone) and infertility. Women with this condition have lower bone density than women without it.
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects ovulation, fertility, and other reproductive functions. It may be caused by genetic predisposition or environmental factors such as obesity and stress. Women with PCOS have higher rates of miscarriage and stillbirth compared to normal women.
• Premature Ejaculation – Premature ejaculation is a common problem among men between the ages of 15-35 years old. Premature ejaculation happens because of a lack of sexual desire. Men with premature ejaculation usually don’t reach their full potential sexually.
• Low Testosterone Levels – Lower testosterone levels result in decreased production of male hormones like DHEA, LH, FSH, TSH and prolactin. This results in low libido and impotence. You can experience these side effects if you produce less than five million units of testosterone a day.
There might be other factors that cause hair loss during pregnancy, but some women do experience excessive hair loss while pregnant due to hormonal changes.
Do not worry too much about your hair loss during pregnancy as this condition is only temporary. If the problem persists even after giving birth, you may want to seek medical attention immediately.
Hair loss after pregnancy is a little different condition that may be caused by several factors such as:
• Hormonal Changes – After giving birth, hormonal changes affect your body. Hormonal changes can cause hair loss. This usually results in hair falling out in patches or clumps.
These hairs are slowly replaced with finer and thinner hairs.
• Pregnancy Mask – Pregnancy masks are those dark vertical lines on your face. Those can last even after birth and worsen with age.
The good news is that there are natural ways you can prevent or at least minimize hair loss after pregnancy. Some of these include:
• Massage Your Scalp – Massaging your scalp is one of the best ways to stimulate growth of your hair and promote healthy hair production. You can do this by rubbing your fingertips in a circular manner starting from the forehead to the back of the head. This should be done at least once every day.
• Take Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamins – Taking multivitamins for at least one month before you know that you are pregnant as well as until you give birth can help your body produce more hormones that are beneficial for the production of hair, skin and nails.
These are just two of the natural ways to prevent or minimize hair loss after pregnancy. There are many other things that you can do such as eating a well-balanced diet, getting enough rest, avoiding tension and staying away from harmful substances.
In extreme cases, there are always medical treatments that can be done but it is best to consult a doctor first before taking any medication or undergoing any procedure.
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