Postpartum hair loss occurs during certain hormonal changes for a woman. Many women are shocked to discover how much their hair can start thinning after giving birth, but there are various treatments that help to combat thinning hair and return hair to its normal thickness.

Female hair loss is very often caused by changing hormones. This hormonal hair loss can be seen at various stages during life. Women will see the biggest difference when they stop taking birth control, have a baby, or enter menopause. Hair that is lost postpartum occurs most often and usually happens within a couple of days to a couple of weeks after giving birth. Women who miscarry or have an abortion may also be affected by this.

The good news is that postpartum hair loss is rarely permanent. As with other types of hormonal thinning hair, women will typically see an increase in shedding after giving birth. This shedding can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on the individual. As the body's hormone levels readjust, the amount of shedding will decrease and hair will eventually start growing again.

There are some female hair growth products that can help speed up the time it takes to stop any thinning. Most women will benefit from taking a DHT blocker tablet. A DHT blocker tablet helps stop one possible cause of thinning hair: an overproduction of DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone. DHT is a hormone that can block the absorption of hair growth nutrients, especially starving the hair follicle and reducing its growth stage. Usually this affects men more than women, but it can be a common cause postpartum women as well. A DHT blocker uses a natural ingredient like saw palmetto extract to reduce levels of DHT so hair follicles can return to their growing stage.

A vitamin with nutrients such as biotin, Vitamin B6, niacin, and zinc will also aid in the hair growth process. For women who are nursing, there are numerous topical hair loss treatments. A gentle and nourishing shampoo and conditioner with biotin and saw palmetto extract will help block harmful DHT and stimulate healthy hair growth.

Postpartum hair loss can be frustrating, but taking a hair vitamin or using a proper hair growth shampoo can help stop some of the shedding and make hair grow faster. Ask your doctor before starting any supplement program, and remaining consistent with the treatment you decide upon in order to see the best results.