What is telogen effluvium?
How does telogen effluvium affect women?
The term effluvium means outflow and in relation to our hair follicles, it means an interruption of the hair growth cycle. The cycle is split into three distinct phases, known as the telogen, catagen and anagen stages.
The telogen stage is when the hair follicles are resting and it typically lasts three months before the hair follicles are shed. Up to 10 to 15 per cent of your hair strands are in the telogen stage at any one point, but if the body experiences a form of shock then more hair follicles will be forced into the telogen stage. The stressors include hormonal imbalances, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or a side effect of a medication. Pregnancy and childbirth is a common cause of telogen effluvium.
Fortunately, telogen effluvium is usually a temporary hair loss condition that will resolve once the stressful evident concludes.