Hair loss can be a startling and upsetting condition for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for women – since hair loss is generally perceived to be a men’s issue, often catching women off guard when it happens to them! While we know of many causes for hair loss in women, from high stress to tight ponytails, one of the most common explanations is actually hormonal imbalance.
The American Hair Loss Association’s research has debunked that myth that women with traditionally more masculine traits are “more likely” to suffer from hair loss. While it is true that hair follicles can be forced into dormancy by testosterone, this is not always the primary cause of women’s hair loss. Despite popular believe, there is no such thing as “male” hormones and “female” hormones – rather, the body has a delicate balance of all hormones, which require this balance to keep hair growing.
When women use birth control, experience pregnancy, or begin menopause, the usual cycle of hormones becomes disrupted. This disruption sometimes results in dramatic increases of estrogen and progesterone, or a decrease in a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Either of these changes can lead to hair loss.
If you think you may be experiencing hormonal hair loss or thinning hair, you can be tested by an endocrinologist to determine if your hormone levels are off. Even the smallest shift can result in symptoms like hair loss, hair thinning, mood swings, acne, and weight gain! A professional can give you the recommendations you need to get started with treatment.
In addition to consulting your doctor for help, you can also make certain lifestyle changes that can also begin correcting hormonal imbalances. We suggest adding fiber-rich food to your diet such as whole proteins and steel-cut oatmeal, as well as exercising on a regular basis. Furthermore, any activities that help decrease your stress can have marvelous effects on increasing hormonal vitality.
We specialize in nonsurgical hair restoration and hair replacement solutions for all types of hair loss and hair thinning. If you’re interested in learning more about what our skilled hair technicians can do for you, call our office for a free consultation or to book your next appointment. Contact us today.