There are several potential causes of sudden hair loss in females, including:
- Telogen effluvium: This is a type of hair loss that occurs when a large number of hairs enter the resting phase (called telogen) at the same time. This can be triggered by physical or emotional stress, major surgery, extreme weight loss, or changes in hormones.
- Traction alopecia: This is a type of hair loss that occurs when the hair is pulled too tightly, such as with tight ponytails or braids. This can cause the hair to break or fall out.
- Anagen effluvium: This is a type of hair loss that occurs when the hair is in the active growth phase (called anagen). It can be caused by certain medications, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other factors that damage the hair follicles.
- Androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness): This is a common form of hair loss that is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones. It tends to occur gradually and may be more noticeable in women after menopause.
If you are experiencing sudden hair loss, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider to determine the cause and get appropriate treatment.