Overcoming Hormonal Hair Loss for Women

Overcoming hormonal hair loss could be quite challenging for women. Women are bombarded with the message that having a “Good Hair Day” means having a good day. Period. So what we can do when our hormones start messing with our tresses?

While the stereotype of a balding man is common and accepted; when a woman starts to lose her hair, there is no grace given to her appearance nor are their answers to her dilemma. It can become emotional and frustrating, affecting a woman’s sense of self. To add insult to injury, the most common reason for hair loss is also the most common reason for emotional imbalance: rapidly shifting hormones.

In fact, when women suffer hair loss, it is most often about with hormone level changes like pregnancy, menopause. Sometimes it is another major hormone imbalance that can affect fertility, weight gain, and your menstrual cycle.

Fortunately, hair loss in women is usually temporary and can be fairly easy to diagnose and treat. But that doesn’t make it any easier. We’ve gathered the most common reasons that cause this kind of hair loss… With our tips for overcoming hormonal hair loss would be a bit easier.

 

Here are some of the reasons that cause hormonal hair loss

 

Let’s begin by breaking down a few of the most common hormonal conditions that are affecting women and their hair.

    1. Menopause

      Unlike men, women have the estrogen – it is a natural protection from hair loss. After menopause, however, estrogen levels drop and therefore most women experience some degree of thinning hair years after menopause. Hair loss which occurs before this, however, can occur at any time as a menopausal symptom.

    2. Pregnancy and Childbirth.

      While it’s well-known that prenatal vitamins contribute to many pregnant women boasting of thick hair and nails, many new mothers are shocked by the excessive shedding that occurs in the 4th trimester. This is due to a condition called, telogen effluvian. In most cases, the hair will start to re-grow naturally after about 90-180 days of giving birth.

    3. Stress.

      Stress can cause hair loss in different ways. In particular, it can lead to the build-up of acid-free radicals, which contribute to gradual hair loss. Stressful situations have more impact on your body than we often realize. Chronic stress can lead to hair loss in other ways like trichotillomania (obsessive hair pulling).

    4. Too much testosterone.

      Women with higher than normal levels of testosterone, such as women who have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), are more likely to experience male-patterned baldness. Typically estrogen helps to balance the effects of the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) a potent form of testosterone that normally leads to hair loss. Unfortunately for women with this hormone imbalance, hair is often the first target.

    5. Hyper – Oestrogen

      Progesterone and are two dominant female hormones necessary to prepare the uterus for menstruation. However, there are optimal levels in which the hormones should be produced. When progesterone levels are too low, it can lead to the condition of hyper-estrogen or “estrogen dominance”, which can trigger excessive hair shedding and ultimately hair loss.

    6. Thyroid Malfunction

      Similar to the postpartum period releasing hair follicles rapidly, hypothyroidism does the same thing to your body while employing telogen effluvium.

 

Overcoming hormonal hair loss – what can we do?

 

First and foremost, you should discuss your concerns with your doctor, so that they can properly diagnose, treat, and monitor your conditions.

For instance, there are a number of medical treatments that can help reduce hair loss during or after menopause. These include a specially compounded prescription minoxidil solution, prostaglandin analogs, low-level laser therapy, off-label finasteride (for postmenopausal women only) and nutritional supplements. For both the irregular testosterone and estrogen levels, treatment for these conditions very much depends on an individual’s case. It may involve oral contraceptives that contain estrogen and progesterone, metformin, spironolactone, or a pill supplement of progesterone or glucocorticosteroids. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and losing weight can also help.

 

What about other choices?

 

While the treatment options are vast and varied for hormonal hair loss, may include hormone therapy via prescription drugs and long-term solutions that won’t ease your discomfort now. Self-care sometimes means making choices for yourself right now, so you have the grit to withstand the long-term plan.

If you’re ready to explore hair replacement or restoration services, give us a call at DK international. Our Minneapolis clinic has the best and latest in hair systems, wigs, and hair solutions, hair extensions and more. We can help you find the best solution for overcoming hormonal hair loss that fits in your lifestyle and budget. You don’t have to do this alone or jeopardize your mental health while doing it. We are here for you.