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Are pregnancy and hair loss linked?

At any one time, approximately 90 percent of you hair is growing, whilst the remaining 10 percent is in the resting phase. On a two to three month cycle, the resting hair will fall out to make room for new hair which will grow in its place. One to five months after delivery, a process called Telogen effluvium occurs in just under 50 percent of women, resulting in the excessive shedding of hair. However, this increase in hair loss is only temporary and is nothing to worry about in the long term. Why does Telogen effluvium occur? During the pregnancy itself, the increase in the production of the oestrogen hormone acts to reduce the normal level of hair loss, which...

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