Hair Loss


If you have experienced hair loss, you know it can be unsettling. It's a common issue that happens for many reasons. It can happen to anyone at any age.

Pattern Hair Loss

In most cases, hair loss is caused by your genetics. This is called "pattern hair loss," and it happens to men and to women. Hair loss is usually gradual. In men, the most common pattern is a receding hairline and a growing bald spot on the top of the head. In women, the hair usually thins all over.

Other Types of Hair Loss

Your hair can fall out because of other reasons, too. Hormonal changes, like those women experience during pregnancy, can affect the hair. You can lose hair because of medical problems such as infections or disorders of the skin or immune system, or because of an extreme physical or emotional shock. You can lose hair if you take certain drugs, or if you have radiation treatment that targets your head. Hairstyles that pull your hair tight can cause hair loss, too.


Depending on the cause, your hair loss may be temporary or it may be permanent. Your healthcare provider can tell you if your hair loss is treatable, and if so, what options are available to you.