Often, women who experience hair loss come into the conclusion that their genes are to blame. While this assumption is true most of the time, there are also other indicators like stress, menopause and certain drugs. Though we must never forget that hair loss in women may be tied to other underlying issues too. One of these issues that carry the possibility of causing hair loss is fibroids.

What Do Fibroids Mean?

Fibroids are a type of benign (non-cancerous) tumours. Structurally they contain muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue found in our muscular system. Fibroids often grow on uterine walls; most women who have fibroids suffer from no negative effects whatsoever. Often fibroids go unnoticed and untreated in most women. Though some people experience symptoms such as:

  • Heavier than usual bleeding periods that take longer than usual.
  • Bleeding when there is no period taking place
  • Frequent need to visit the bathroom
  • Pain and pressure felt around the pelvis.

As a person’s age increases, so do their risk of developing fibroids. Statistics show that women of African and African-American descent experience fibroids the most. People from African descent have a triple time the prevalence of fibroids through their lifetime. Another estimate points that around 80% of African women will develop fibroids during the course of their lives.

What Do Fibroids Have to Do With Hair Loss?

One of the symptoms we just mentioned “heavier bleeding during periods and lengthened periods” cause women to lose more blood. Losing more blood than usual may cause anaemia in some women. Anaemic people have a deficiency of iron due to iron they lost alongside red blood cells. Iron is a key nutrient in hair growth, and a deficiency may hamper hair growth. Without iron stimulating the follicles as it should follicles wither away slowly. Hair goes brittle, dry and weak, which makes them more susceptible to falling off.

If you suspect anaemia or fibroids, it is a sound thing to go see a doctor about it. If it turns out that you have anaemia, follow your doctor’s recommendations. It is also a good countermeasure to eat foods rich in iron like broccoli, spinach and other greens with leaves. You may also get a prescription for iron supplementation from your doctor.

In most cases, hair loss related to fibroids is reversible. Our experts at esteGrande can help you recover from hair loss by treatments that promote hair growth. Contact us through our website to learn more about the options you have.

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