The following are the most common causes of temporary hair loss in women:

  • Starting or stopping birth control.
  • Pregnancy and the postpartum period.
  • Changes in hormone levels or thyroid imbalances.
  • Traumatic events such as the loss of a family member.
  • Crash dieting, chronic nutritional deprivation, alcoholism, zinc or iron deficiency. Systemic Illness: Conditions such as Crohn’s or hepatic disease, syphilis, lymphoproliferative disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Medications: A large number of drugs have been reported to cause, or possibly cause, diffuse alopecia.
  • Age: Hair loss in women, as in men, can simply occur as part of the normal ageing process.