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Hair Loss Caused by Stress
Hair loss is a common occurrence between both men and women alike. However, a lot
of people may have experienced a dramatic increase in hair loss because of stress.
It is no mere coincidence and there is actually a whole science behind this association.
What is Telogen Effluvium?
Telogen Effluvium is the scientific name for hair loss caused by stress. This type
of hair loss is caused by a severe or sudden experience of stress or a stressful
event. What happens is that the stress causes hair follicles to stop growing prematurely
and enters into a phase that is known as resting. The hair would then remain in the
said phase for around three months and after which, a considerable amount of hair
In most cases, the patient would have already been able to recover from the stressful
event even before he starts manifesting symptoms of this condition. Although Telogen
Effluvium is mostly temporary, there are some instances wherein hair loss carries
on until the patient is able to resolve the underlying cause of the stress.
The Usual Suspects
Telogen Effluvium is more common in women primarily because of childbirth, which
is definitely a stressful event. As mentioned earlier, a lot of women experience
hair loss after about three months of giving birth. In fact around 20 to 45 percent
of new mothers experience this type of hair loss. The good thing is that it is mostly
temporary and the hair usually grows back after around 9 to 12 months after childbirth.
In relation to child birth, pregnancy termination is another stressful experience
for women that have been known to trigger Telogen Effluvium.
Although hair loss caused by stress is indeed more common in women, there are still
a lot of men who fall victim to this condition. Telogen Effluvium can also be caused
by traumatic events such as an accident, a death of a loved one, or any form of physical
or emotional abuse.