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General Pattern Hair Loss Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your general pattern hair loss symptoms, including 4 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible General Pattern Hair Loss Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

4 Possible General Pattern Hair Loss Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced general pattern hair loss. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition very common in women of reproductive age, resulting in menstrual abnormalities as well as an excess of the androgen testosterone. PCOS can affect a woman's overall health and appearance and often has a significant effect on fertility.

Beyond the presence of enlarged ovaries with surrounding follicles, ovaries will function improperly by failing to carry out ovulation in many cases. Other symptoms include irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair growth on the body or hair loss on the scalp, acne,(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/skin-is-darker-than-it-used-be/), and excess androgens in the blood.

Treatments focus on addressing your individual symptoms through medication and possible lifestyle adjustments.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, depressed mood, painful periods

Symptoms that always occur with polycystic ovary syndrome: oligo/amenorrhea or hyperandrogenism

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism, or "underactive thyroid," means that the thyroid gland in the neck does not produce enough of its hormones. This causes a slowing of the body's metabolism.

The condition can occur due to autoimmune disease; any surgery or radiation treatment to the thyroid gland; some medications; pregnancy; or consuming too much or too little iodine. It is often found among older women with a family history of the disease.

Common symptoms include fatigue, constantly feeling cold, weight gain, slow heart rate, and depression. If left untreated, these and other symptoms can worsen until they lead to very low blood pressure and body temperature, and even coma.

Diagnosis is made through a simple blood test.

Hypothyroidism is easily managed with daily oral medication. The patient usually starts feeling better after a couple of weeks and may even lose some extra weight. It's important for the patient to be monitored by a doctor and have routine blood testing so that the medication can be kept at the correct levels.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder. Anorexia usually affects adolescents or adults. While weight loss is the primary feature of anorexia, this condition can affect many organ systems throughout the body.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, decreased sex drive, frequent mood swings

Symptoms that always occur with anorexia: fear of gaining weight

Symptoms that never occur with anorexia: heavy menstrual flow

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behavior, such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, excessive exercise, or abuse of laxatives or diuretics.

Despite typically having a normal weight, people with bulimia are often persistently concerned with their weight. The compensatory behaviors associated with bulimia can result in a number of dangerous medical complications.

Treatment of bulimia typically requires collaboration between a patient, family members, primary care physicians, mental health professionals, and nutritionists and consists of psychotherapy, nutrition, and medication.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: anxiety, irritability, stomach bloating, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating

Symptoms that always occur with bulimia: vomiting after binge eating

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About General Pattern Hair Loss

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Have you noticed a decrease in your libido or sex drive?
  • Do you currently have acne?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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General Pattern Hair Loss Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced general pattern hair loss have also experienced:

  • 6% Fatigue
  • 5% Hair Loss
  • 3% Weight Gain

People who have experienced general pattern hair loss were most often matched with:

  • 33% Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • 33% Hypothyroidism
  • 33% Anorexia

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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