Most women actually find that the condition and volume of their hair increases during pregnancy; however, after giving birth there can be noticeable and distressing hair loss. Indeed, along with urinary incontinence and stretch marks, increased hair loss is one of the most commonly reported problems that women experience postpartum.
This hair loss condition, known as telogen effluvium, occurs because during pregnancy, oestrogen levels are elevated. Hair may therefore be much thicker and healthier than usual, as more hair follicles are in the growth phase of the hair cycle. After delivery, there is a dramatic fall in oestrogen levels, causing more follicles to enter the shedding phase, so there will be more hair loss than normal.
This accelerated hair loss usually normalises after a few months, as the hormones return to their usual levels. However, if it continues, it may indicate ongoing hormonal imbalance, or nutritional deficiency.
Female hair loss can have many different causes, so if you have any concerns it is important to seek professional advice, as hair loss conditions can worsen if left untreated. The specialists at the Belgravia Centre are experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of hair and scalp problems, including telogen effluvium, using clinically proven medications that are effective and safe. You can see some of our ‘before and during treatment’ photo-scans which show the kind of impressive results we have achieved for so many customers.
The Belgravia Centre is the UK’s only hair clinic with a registered pharmacy on site, meaning that we can diagnose, prescribe and supply everything you need under one roof. The clinic is conveniently situated just a 30 second walk from London’s Victoria station, or alternatively, you can complete the online diagnostic form and one of our advisors will be able to help you with an individually designed home treatment course, available worldwide.
To book a free consultation with one of our specialists, call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Getting the right advice could save you a lot of frustration, and accelerate the restoration of your normal, healthy hair growth pattern.