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Hormone Related Hair Loss


Published May 16, 2024

Hormonal factors can influence hair loss. The extent to which hormones play a role can vary among individuals. Here are a few examples of hormonal influences on hair loss:

Androgenic Alopecia (Male/Female Pattern Baldness)

This is the most common form of hair loss. It is influenced by hormonal factors. In both men and women, an androgen hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can cause hair follicles to shrink and produce thinner and shorter hair strands over time. DHT sensitivity varies among individuals, and genetic factors also play a role in the development of this condition.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Hair Loss

Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can lead to a temporary increase in hair thickness and density. However, after giving birth, many women experience hair shedding due to hormonal changes. This postpartum hair loss is typically temporary and resolves within a few months.

Thyroid Disorders

Hormonal imbalances related to thyroid conditions, such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), can contribute to hair loss. The thyroid hormones help regulate hair growth cycles, and disruptions in their levels can affect the hair follicles.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects women and can lead to hair thinning or hair loss. The condition is characterized by elevated androgen levels, insulin resistance, and irregular menstrual cycles. The hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS can impact hair growth.

It’s important to note that while hormones can contribute to hair loss, other factors such as genetics, age, nutritional status, stress, and certain medical conditions can also play a role. If you are concerned about hair loss, it’s best to consult with a BodyLogicMD professional or a dermatologist who can evaluate your specific situation and provide appropriate advice and treatment options.

The treatment of female hair loss that is influenced by hormones depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Here are some common approaches:

Medications

Medications may be prescribed to address hormonal imbalances or inhibit the effects of hormones on hair follicles. For example:

Anti-Androgens

These medications block the effects of androgens, such as DHT, that can contribute to hair loss. Spironolactone is commonly used in this regard.

Bioidentical Hormone replacement therapy (BHRT): In cases where hair loss is associated with menopause or hormonal fluctuations, BHRT may be prescribed to restore hormonal balance and alleviate hair loss symptoms.

These medications block the effects of androgens, such as DHT, that can contribute to hair loss. Spironolactone is commonly used in this regard. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT): In cases where hair loss is associated with menopause or hormonal fluctuations, BHRT may be prescribed to restore hormonal balance and alleviate hair loss symptoms.

Topical Treatments: Certain topical treatments can be applied directly to the scalp to promote hair growth and slow down hair loss. Minoxidil is a commonly used over-the-counter topical solution that is available for both men and women. It is believed to stimulate hair follicles and prolong the growth phase of the hair cycle.

Nutritional Supplements

Supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that support hair health may be recommended. Biotin, zinc, iron, and vitamin D are among the nutrients commonly associated with hair growth.

Lifestyle Changes

Making lifestyle modifications can help manage hormonal imbalances and improve overall hair health. This may include regular exercise, stress reduction techniques, a balanced diet, and getting sufficient sleep.

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Consultation With A Specialist

It is advisable to consult with a dermatologist or a BodyLogicMD healthcare professional who specializes in hair loss to receive a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. They can assess your specific situation, conduct any necessary tests, and recommend appropriate treatment options based on the underlying hormonal factors contributing to hair loss.

Remember, the effectiveness of treatment can vary from person to person, and it may take time to see noticeable results. Patience and consistency with the recommended treatment regimen are key.

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