Slide 2 of 21: Both hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid gland, or hyperthyroidism, meaning you have an overactive thyroid, can result in thinning hair. In these cases, the loss usually involves uniform hair thinning over the whole scalp.
Slide 3 of 21: If you believe your thinning hair could be due to thyroid irregularities, the condition can be reversed once the cause is diagnosed by a doctor and treated with the appropriate kind of hormone therapy.
Slide 4 of 21: Hair thinning that is hereditary is called androgenetic alopecia and is the most common cause for hair loss in men and women. It can come from genes on either the mother’s or father’s side.
Slide 6 of 21: Menopause is a major factor in thinning hair or hair loss. A recent study found that more than half of women experience some form of hair loss after menopause, likely due to changes in hormones, but stress, metabolism changes and nutrition could also be factors.

It’s often thought of as a problem only men have to worry about, but women experience thinning hair and hair loss almost as commonly as men do. Read on to learn about some of the most common causes, from lifestyle to genetics, and see what you can do to help prevent and treat it.

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