Female Hair Loss: They May Be Hormones!
Thinning hair, noticeable baldness, hairline fleeing, large clumps of hair that appear on the brush or shower, are usually things you hear about men, not women, nonetheless hair loss also occurs in women.
However, it is becoming increasingly known that many women experience hair loss and want to know if this is a sign of problems in their hormones and how they can fix the problem.
Fortunately, hair loss is not a sign of infertility, but it is a side effect of hormonal imbalance that can affect your fertility.
Many women feel confident, feminine and more attractive when their hair looks good. The time and energy a woman puts in hair care is often a statement of style and a claim of beauty; It is even an expression of self-love. Our hair is a permanent accessory that is part of our identity, regardless of sex. Well, maybe not so permanent.
Style, beauty, femininity, confidence, attraction and self-esteem can collapse when the woman’s hair begins to fall. Women are bombarded with messages, through modern media, the type when my hair looks good, I am able to face everything. So what can a girl do when her hair starts to fall against her will? Education is a first step and great impact!
Identifying the underlying cause (s) and how to support the body naturally in recovery from balance will both help alleviate fears as well as move forward with the best ways to rebalance hormones and promote hair growth.
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Why is female hair loss caused?
While it is normal, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, if you feel or see that you are losing more than that amount, then it is much more than a normal change. It’s hair loss!
The events that lead to hair loss in women impact on the entire female hormonal balance. The hair follicle is sensitive to androgens, which means it is sensitive to fluctuations in male hormones. Contributors to hormonal hair loss in women may be the reasons mentioned above, however, they can usually be associated with:
- Use of a contraceptive method. The contraceptive pills contain progestins acting as artificial male hormones, known to reduce the size and damage the hair follicle. Excess male hormones in women could potentially contribute to insulin resistance as well.
- Low thyroid function. This is a clear signal if hair loss is accompanied by fatigue, unexplained weight gain, joint pain, constipation, dry skin, feeling cold all the time, lack of sleep, etc. The hair follicles are sensitive to thyroid hormones!
Hormone imbalance between estrogens and progesterone, or due to PCOS as a result of:
- High Blood Sugar Levels (Insulin)
- Excess of adipose tissue (body fat)
- High levels of androgens (testosterone) in women
- Nutrient deficits
Low levels of some nutrients in the body (poor diet), for example, vitamins A, E, in addition to iron, can result in hair loss.
- Chronic inflammation
Androgenic alopecia, that is, hair loss when androgen levels are not too high, is an indicator of inflammation. Hair loss is just a sign of inflammatory problems like celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Hyper-inflammation sensitizes the hair follicles to a normal amount of androgens.
It can reduce inflammation, avoiding sensitivity to foods such as wheat and / or dairy products, and overcoming the intestinal permeability syndrome.
- Childbirth and lactation
During and after pregnancy, estrogen levels increase and can often fall rapidly. This sudden downturn is what leads to hair loss after childbirth, which can be normal and should leave the hormone levels balanced again. If hair loss is accompanied by a host of other post pregnancy symptoms, there may be a deeper problem beyond normal hormonal fluctuations, such as thyroid malfunction.
However, exhaustion, depression, difficulty in losing weight, intense struggle to produce enough breast milk, and hair loss are not always a normal part of having a baby. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms post pregnancy, talk to your doctor about what is happening.
Obvious signs of hair loss
- Every time you lose more hair
- The ponytail becomes noticeably thinner
- The hairline is becoming more noticeable
- See your hair more than usual on the pillow after sleeping or on the hair brush when you comb your hair
- When hair falls by hand after washing
What can you do to control hair loss?
There can be any number of different factors that contribute to hair loss. If you are reading and thinking, I have this and this, and I am going through this, then you may already have an idea of the causes that contribute to you are experiencing hair loss in your specific case.
You may already be making a lot of the following suggestions, but you can also learn new ideas, which you might consider putting into practice. However, if you are not so sure that any of the above causes are a problem in your personal case, a good starting point may be talking to a doctor about the tests.
It is important to know the root cause, especially if it is infertility, because what is causing thinning hair and loss may also be contributing to your inability to conceive.
Medical tests that may be useful in determining the cause (s) are:
- Thyroid levels: A complete thyroid panel to measure T3, reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies can be extremely useful
- Levels of nutrients: Vitamins A, E, vitamins C and B, zinc and iron levels.
- Investigate iron values in serum, ferritin (should be at least 50 ng / ml) and measure the total iron binding capacity (more exhaustively to know if iron levels are low and to rule out anemia)
- Insulin levels
- Estrogen and androgen hormone levels: Like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone with a proven ability to slow hair growth
After testing, consider beginning to make specific changes in diet and lifestyle and use natural therapies if any of these areas are determined to be contributing factors to hair loss.
Hair loss is stressful! Illness, nutrient deficiency, stress, hormonal imbalance, taking birth control medications and systemic inflammation can be causative factors. It is important to address the cause and move forward from there.
The tricky part is that it is believed that the cause of hair loss is most likely to occur three months before you realize that you are losing hair. Therefore, the underlying cause can be tricky to identify. Natural growth will take time.
Just as it may take 3 months after an event for you to realize that you are losing hair, it may take time to start seeing the re-growth of the hair if the cause has been treated. It is important to be patient! There is hope!
As you work to find out the cause for which you suffer hair loss and support your body in preventing the event, it could offer you a reminder of the Queen’s words, Beyonce, a woman is more beautiful when she smiles.