Although it is usually perceived as a male-specific problem, hair loss is a very commonly experienced problem by women. There are multiple reasons for hair loss in females, such as genetics, hormonal changes, certain medications, stress or pregnancy; pregnancy is one of the most common reasons for hair loss in females.
Hair loss and pregnancy
Hair loss condition in pregnancy is not expected to be experienced by every pregnant woman. While in some cases, hair gets even thicker in pregnancy, in others, the shedding may increase instead; or hair loss can be experienced after the pregnancy.
In whichever phase you experience, hair loss is highly related to pregnancy as the body goes through many changes during that period, and hair is very prone to be affected by these changes.
The most common reasons for hair loss during pregnancy are vitamin deficiencies and hormonal changes. Another reason can be stress; the hormones make pregnant women more prone to anxiety and stress.
Can pregnant women have a hair transplant?
As it is known for its successful results, hair transplant is a demanding operation for both genders; therefore, it is unsurprising for women who experience hair loss during their pregnancy to seek this treatment.
However, hair transplant is not recommended for pregnant women for multiple reasons. First, a hair transplant is an elective surgery requiring local anaesthesia applications and further medication for some cases before and after the procedure. Although this may not be the case, there is a risk that these substances may adversely affect the health of pregnant women and the fetus.
Another reason is that your hair loss related to your pregnancy is very temporary. Usually, the hair loss condition experienced during pregnancy only requires treatment when there is a different and permanent reason behind it. But in most cases, when adequate time has passed after the delivery, and the body has regulated itself, hair loss disappears by itself; therefore, having a hair transplant during pregnancy is an early action to take since the type and the permanence of the hair loss may not even require any activity at the end.
Hair transplant after pregnancy
Hair loss is more commonly experienced after birth; the sudden decrease in estrogen hormone may cause excessive hair loss, which is temporary. Hair loss treatments, including hair transplants, are not considered suitable for the post-pregnancy period, especially if breastfeeding. The chemical substances used for a hair transplant may affect your breastfeeding and your child. In addition, a period of one year after birth is for the body to return to its normal functioning; therefore, the structure of the hair loss problem can only be examined accurately after this period.
Although pregnancy is not the right time for a hair transplant, Mono Hair Transplant Clinic will be happy to help you identify your hair loss condition and inform you about the treatment options in a detailed online consultation; our medical consultants look forward to meeting you.