Post-Birth Hair Loss

Many women lose their hair after giving a birth. This is not uncommon. Increased hair shedding in this period is due to several factors such as changing hormonal levels, increased stress, changing lifestyle, etc. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium and it is typically reversible. It is quite different from regular genetically determined hair loss in that it proceeds much faster and woman can lose quite a significant portion of her hair within weeks after the birth of her child. An accelerated hair shedding is especially visible after taking a bath or in the morning after inspecting one’s pillow case.

This type of hair loss is best known as postpartum hair loss and it affects about 40%-50% of women. During pregnancy women have higher estrogen levels, which enables to keep a higher percentage of hair follicles in the growth phase and their hair usually looks better than ever. Once they give a birth their hairs get back to their normal growth cycle and, therefore, many hairs will enter the resting phase, which results in hair shedding. However, postpartum hair loss is nothing to worry about and it is fully reversible and requires no treatment at all.