Post-Partum Hair Loss: Facts & Answers

by | 2 November 2021

Pregnancy and postpartum are important moments in a woman’s life. These stages are, of course, characterized by changes in the body and the appearance of one’s hair. Unfortunately, many women experience increased hair loss following the birth of their children. But what causes this to occur? The PAI Medical Group provides information on this question!

The Yo-Yo Effect of Hormonal Imbalance 

Hair changes are regulated by different hormonal balances/unbalances such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone levels to varying concentrations before and during pregnancy and postpartum.

Hair at these different stages of a woman’s life, from pregnancy to postpartum, also follows a predictable course.

Throughout pregnancy, the female hormones, estrogen, and progestin are in full swing, which is why women notice that their hair is silky, fuller, shinier, and much less brittle; it benefits greatly!

However, after childbirth, estrogen returns to its “normal” level, and as the protection provided by the hormones wears off, increased hair loss can occur. It has been shown that there is a strong link between sex hormones and the different hair growth phases.

Postpartum Hair Loss: A Question of Cycle

Postpartum hair loss is generally reversible and is part of the so-called effluvium hair loss, which refers to a type of hair loss that explicitly affects one of the hair cycle phases (anagen, the growth phase, or telogen, the loss phase).

During pregnancy, hair tends to fall out less (prolonged anagen phase), while the postpartum period, associated with the telogen phase, is characterized by increased hair loss. More hair will fall out, but it is important to note that this hair loss is reversible. It can last a few months until hormone levels return to pre-pregnancy levels.

The hair growth cycle will resume, and the woman’s hair will regain its volume and vitality.

Other Causes of Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss can also be caused or aggravated by several factors other than hormonal changes. The birth of a child brings a lot of happiness to the parents’ lives, and a lot of stress, lack of sleep and time to cook properly… Hair will be the first to show signs of fatigue!

Postpartum Hair Loss: Should I Worry?

Don’t worry if this happens to you. It’s perfectly normal for hair to change appearance during pregnancy and after the birth of a child. However, if you are concerned and notice that it lasts longer than usual, consult a PAI Medical Group professional to advise you on the right solutions for your needs.