Post-Natal Hair Loss
(Anagen = active hair growth phase, Telogen = resting/shedding phase)
What Causes Post-Natal Hair Loss?
Post-natal hair loss is caused by the drastic hormonal changes one undergoes during pregnancy or after childbirth. Reports estimate that the condition affects around 15% of women between 3 – 9 months after delivery.
You may be affected psychologically or think you are ill or unattractive if your hair loss condition is severe. Post-natal hair loss can also, occasionally, be related to other medical conditions such as nutritional deficiency, inflammatory disorders or the use of certain medications.
This can be confirmed with a hair pull test and examination of the scalp under high magnification in a doctor’s practice.
If you are breastfeeding, recent research published in Europe suggests that you are less likely to experience women’s hair loss after pregnancy compared to mothers who do not breastfeed.
How Do I Stop Post-Natal Hair Loss?
Post-natal hair loss is a reversible condition if identified early and treated appropriately.
Unlike genetic or pattern hair loss, hair loss after pregnancy seldom leads to complete baldness. Most women completely recover from the condition. You can encourage hair growth by consuming wholesome foods and managing your stress levels. Vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and good sources of fatty acids such as flax seeds, fish, and walnuts have been shown to improve hair growth.
How Long Will It Take For Me To Recover From Post-Natal Hair Loss?
The duration taken to recover from post-natal hair loss depends on how long the hormone levels take to balance out and for the hair cycle to reset. It typically starts at 3 – 4 months after delivery and lasts for a few months.
Will Post-Natal Hair Loss Become Permanent?
No, post-natal hair loss is not permanent. However, if it develops into a condition known as chronic telogen effluvium, it may last up to 12 months or more. This may be brought on by prolonged stress, something which can be common in sleep-deprived new mums.
Should I Seek Treatment For Post-Natal Hair Loss?
Although both conditions are still temporary and the hair will generally regrow on its own, we highly recommend that you seek hair loss treatment options to help encourage regrowth as it is possible for either of these conditions to trigger a progressive and permanent hair loss.
At Terra, we aim to restore follicles to a growth phase quickly through treatment and prevent further shedding. Based on your condition, the doctor may recommend a combination of in-clinic scalp treatments, home-based topical solutions and laser treatments to help control post-natal hair loss.