I’m into having my hair pulled during sex. Recently, I’ve noticed a little more hair loss than usual, and I’m wondering if it has something to do with the stress I put on it during sex. Is this a common thing?
— Anonymous, from Tumblr
Sarah: So our hair follicles all over our bodies are reliant on a variety of hormonal and nutritional factors. The reason chemo patients lose their hair is because the chemo drugs attack cells that are turning over quickly, and our hair and skin cells turn over really fast, hence the lost hair. If you notice a lot of hair falling out, you should definitely go check it out with your doctor. Unless your partner is holding you off of the ground by your ponytail, I’d guess there’s probably something bigger going on than just pulling stress, but I’m not a doctor. I have, however, had my hair fall out when I was extremely stressed and extremely ill, and there are some other conditions that cause hair to become brittle and easily break. Either way, check it out with your doc to be on the safe side.
Debby: There are numerous reasons hair falls out including aging, stress, medication side effects, and various health issues. If you’ve noticed a change in the amount of hair you’re losing outside of sex - like in the shower or in your hair brush/comb- mention this to your healthcare provider.