Could Divorce Trigger Hair Loss in Women?

Unlike what many think, hair loss is not exclusive to men and a large population of women also suffers from it. The type of hair loss is different and women generally experience thinning in the hair. Bald areas on the head are a rare occurrence.

Researches are underway to understand the underlying causes of many health related issues including hair loss. Recently there has been a link found between female hair loss and divorce during a study carried out by Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. We shall look a little deeper into the matter and see how a divorce can cause hair loss.


The Study

The study was undertaken to see that effects of various social events and habits that people have on hair loss. For this purpose, 98 sets of female and 90 sets of male identical twins were observed. Genetically identical twins should have the same number of follicles and any difference has to be caused by an external factor. Experts compared the number of follicles in all the twins to ascertain any differences.

It was found that women had an inclination towards hair loss as a result to a divorce while the event had little effect on the male follicular health. Certain other hair loss factors such as too much exposure to sun, smoking and heavy drinking were also found to be at play in hair loss in both sexes.

Stress and Hair Loss

It has been known for a long time that stress causes hair loss. Telogen effluvium, for example, is a condition in which temporary hair loss is observed due to stress. It has now been established for the very first time that there is a clear link between divorce and female hair loss.

How to deal with it?

Divorce for anyone is not an easy life event to get over. But for health in general and follicular health in particular, such women need to take things easier in life. Being around friends and family is imperative for emotional support and to reduce stress. Finding healthy activities to stay fit and keeping mind away from the unfortunate happening is also very important. Ensuring general habits that boost good health too can help greatly.

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