Fibroids & Hair Loss

African American woman bare face short hairHair loss occurs among both men and women of all races for a variety of reasons. Hereditary hair thinning is common, even among healthy women. Loss can also be the result of chemotherapy treatments, certain cardiac medications, antidepressants, androgen-dominant birth control pills, or simply be age-related. It may also indicate an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.

But, did you know there’s also a connection between fibroids and hair loss? Uterine fibroids, the most common tumor found in female reproductive organs, are most common among women between age 30 and 50-years-old. About 20 to 40 percent of women aged 35 and older have fibroids big enough to cause symptoms, The New York Times reports. In addition to symptoms like heavy and painful periods, anemia and skin changes, brittle and thinning hair or actual hair loss are also common symptoms.

Having long, heavy periods could cause anemia and a decrease in oxygen to the cells in your body. The result could be dry and brittle hair, and in some cases hair loss.

What does hair loss look like?

Hair loss is described as shedding more than 100-150 hairs per day, every day. Most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

In other words, losing a few hairs when you wash or brush your mane doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in trouble. However, a total change in texture, unexplained hair thinning or bald spots may be a sign of an underlying condition like uterine fibroids.

Here’s what can be done: