Question: Its been 2 and half years now my hair keeps falling out in bad clumps. I did every blood work in the book to rule out disease and autoimmune. It all came back normal. I am 47 years old – does this hair loss have anything to do with hormone change? If so how can I fix this problem so my hair can grow instead of falling out in clumps.
Answer: Hi, Mary. We cannot diagnose you from just the description of your hair loss that you give here. However, if you have been losing hair for this length of time and underlying health issues have been ruled out, we would suggest there are two most likely culprits.
It sounds most likely to be female pattern hair loss and/or diffuse thinning, also known as chronic telogen effluvium. These both display as thinning hair but whilst chronic telogen effluvium causes hair fall from the whole scalp, female pattern hair loss only affects the top of the scalp including the frontal hairline.
Whilst female pattern baldness is incredibly common, prolonged stress, hormonal changes or dietary imbalances – among many other common factors – could lead to chronic telogen effluvium, which is also a frequently-seen cause of women’s hair loss.
It is also possible for both hair loss conditions to present simultaneously, so we would ideally need to perform a scalp assessment and ask you a few more questions in order to ascertain precisely what is happening.
As there are so many variables and possible causes – as well as solutions – we recommend you have a consultation. This can take place either in person at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics or online via our website and allows a specialist to diagnose your condition(s), talk you through the options available and recommend appropriate hair loss treatments.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.