If you are worried about your hair falling out in clumps and want to know about the causes behind it, read through the following array of the article and know about the several causes of hair falling out in clumps.

What Can Cause Your Hair to Fall Out in Clumps?

  1. Pregnancy:

    Pregnancy can cause hair fall and it is even more commonly seen after your childbirth, than actually during pregnancy. It is in fact a normal thing to see hair falling out in clumps during and soon after pregnancy.

  2. Excess Amount Of Vitamin A Can be One Cause:

    Excess amount of vitamin A can also be one more cause of hair falling out in clumps. Hair loss can be triggered with excessive intake of vitamin A supplements or medications. Hair loss could be prevented and hair should grow once again normally, once the excess of vitamin A is halted.

  3. Lack Of Protein Can Also Cause Hair Falling Out In Clumps:

    You may also face hair loss or see hair falling out in clumps if you do not get enough of protein in your diet. This hair loss could happen after 2-3 months of a drop in protein intake. You can reverse this process by taking adequate amount of protein in your daily diet.

  4. Vitamin B Deficiency:

    A deficiency in vitamin B can also cause your hair to fall out in clumps. Simple supplements, dietary changes, natural vitamin B rich foods like meat, fish, starchy vegetables, non-citrus fruits etc, are some of the things you need to add to your diet, for getting enough of vitamin B and preventing the hair loss.

  5. Female Hormones Can Lead To Hair Falling Out In Clumps:

    Just like pregnancy, hormonal changes can lead to hair loss, switching or going off birth control pills can also cause hair falling out in clumps. This can also cause telogen effluvium, and it may be more likely to occur if you have a family history of hair loss. The change in hormonal balance occurring at menopause may also cause hair falling out in clumps.

    It is essential for you to talk to your doctor and take the effective treatments for hair loss.

  6. Dramatic Loss Of Weight Can Cause Hair Falling Out In Clumps:

    Sudden loss of weight is one form of physical trauma that can lead to thinning of hair and hair falling out in clumps. It may be possible that the weight loss itself is stressing your body or that not eating appropriate diet is causing mineral and vitamin deficiency that may be leading to loss of hair.

  7. Antidepressants, Blood thinners, And More

    Medications like blood thinners, blood pressure drugs, antidepressants etc can cause hair falling out in clumps. Other drugs that may cause hair loss include methotrexate, lithium, NSAIDs like Ibuprofen etc.

    In such a case you need to talk to your doctor and follow his advice to sort out the problem of hair falling out in clumps because of the medicines.

  8. Chemotherapy:

    It must be mentioned that few of the drugs that are used to beat back cancer can also cause hair to fall out in clumps. Chemotherapy destroys rapidly dividing cells. It means that it destroys cancer cells as well as rapidly dividing cells like hair.

    However, be calm, as once chemotherapy is stopped, your hair begins to grow back, although it may come back with a different texture and different color.

  9. Over-styling Can Cause Your Hair To Fall Out In Clumps:

    Over styling and hair treatments over the years can also cause hair falling out in clumps. Examples of over styling is, tight braids, corn rows, hair weaves, and also chemical relaxers to straighten hair, hot-oil treatments etc. One must note that, because all these practices can affect the hair root in real, your hair might not grow back again.

  10. Aging:

    One more cause for hair falling out in clumps could be aging. It is not uncommon to see hair loss or hair thinning in women, as they enter their 50s and 60s.

  11. Anabolic Steroids:

    In case you take anabolic steroids, or the type abused by some athletes to increase muscles, you could probably lose your hair. These can have the same impact on the body as PCOs or Polycystic ovary disease, as the mechanism here is same.

  12. Diseases and Medical Conditions That May Cause Hair Falling Out In Clumps:

    Some medical conditions or diseases like hair pulling disorder, male pattern baldness, emotional and physical stress, thyroid related problems, alopecia areata, disease of pituitary glands, mytonic dystrophy, diseases like cancer such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, heavy metal poisoning, late stage syphyllis etc. can also cause hair falling out in clumps.


Now that we know about some of the causes of hair falling out in clumps, it must be very much clear that you need to pay real attention while taking up any medicines, going to hair stylish, etc. Do talk to your doctor about the issue and treat the issue from its root.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:


Last Modified On: September 21, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

Popular Video


Symptom Checker

Hair Care

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Weight Loss

Acne Health

Slideshow:  Home Remedies, Exercises, Diet and Nutrition

Find Pain Physician

Subscribe to Free ePainAssist Newsletters

By clicking Submit, I agree to the ePainAssist Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of ePainAssist subscriptions at any time.

Copyright © 2017 ePainAssist, All rights reserved.

DMCA.com Protection Status