There is a strong scientific correlation between hair loss and hormonal imbalance in women.
Realising the importance of Hormone Therapy HCI partnered with a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, specialising in hormone imbalance in women. With 35 years’ experience in the field and a special interest in maintaining female hormone balance, our medical practitioner is one of the best.

Hormone Imbalance Related Hair Loss

Have you had your progesterone and oestrogen levels tested?

One of the most common causes for hair loss in women is related to your progesterone and oestrogen levels. Progesterone and oestrogen are two dominant female hormones, both with vital functions. There are optimal levels in which these hormones should be produced in a women’s body – where progesterone plays the role of the ‘level-headed’ girlfriend who keeps oestrogen ‘in check’!

When progesterone levels are low, this can lead to an oestrogen dominance, triggering excessive hair shedding and ultimately, hair loss. Additionally, there could be an increase in unwanted facial or body hair due to high oestrogen levels.

 

Overproduction of male hormones

While overproduction of oestrogen can lead to hair loss in women, it is also this hormone that protects us from losing our luscious locks in the first place!

Hair loss is mostly associated with men, hence the term: male pattern baldness. But that’s not to say hair loss does not happen in women.

With higher levels of oestrogen women are able to hold onto their hair for longer as these higher levels help to balance out the effects of the male hormone known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT, a potent form of testosterone that causes male hair loss.

Women who produce an unusually high level of androgens tend to display increased levels of testosterone, which is converted to DHT – resulting in hair loss.

Despite this, male hormones aren’t all bad and play a number of vital roles in a women’s body. However, an overproduction of male hormones can lead to many unwanted issues. If you suspect that your hormones are out of balance, it’s time for a hormonal check-up!

 

The variations of hormonal imbalance in women:

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms based on different types of hormonal imbalances experienced by women, perhaps it’s time for a hormonal check-up?

Type One: Progesterone deficiency

  • Pre-menstrual stress
  • Insomnia or sleeplessness
  • Pain or lumps in your breast tissue
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Infertility
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Early miscarriage

Progesterone deficiency can be experienced by women of any age and is the most common hormonal imbalance that women suffer.

Type Two: Oestrogen deficiency

  • Dryness of the vagina
  • Night sweats
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bladder infections
  • Hot flashes
  • Lethargic depression
  • Memory problems

This type of hormonal imbalance is usually common in women who are in their menopausal stage of life.

Type Three: Excessive Oestrogen

  • Excessive weight gain
  • Inflammation and bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Cervical dysplasia (abnormal pap smear)
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Migraines
  • Lack of focus
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weepiness
  • Gallbladder issues

Excessive amounts of oestrogen can be caused by high levels of body fat, the use of synthetic hormones and birth control pills which unnaturally increase levels of oestrogen.

Type Four: Oestrogen dominance

Women who suffer from this type of hormonal imbalance would normally experience a combination of the symptoms of groups one and three. Oestrogen dominance typically affects women between the ages of 40 and 50 years old.

Progesterone deficiency can be experienced by women of any age and is the most common hormonal imbalance that women suffer.

Type Five: Excessive androgen

  • Excessive hair on the face and arms
  • Acne
  • Thinning of hair on the head
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hypoglycaemia and/or unstable Infertility
  • Mid-cycle pain
  • High blood sugar levels

This form of hormone imbalance is experienced by women who suffer from PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting women of reproductive age, although it can carry on well beyond reproductive years.

Type Six: Cortisol deficiency

  • Brown spots on face
  • Debilitating fatigue
  • Thin and/or dry skin
  • Foggy thinking
  • Unstable blood sugar
  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Low blood pressure

This type of hormonal imbalance occurs in women as a result of weak and over-used adrenal glands and is often the body’s response to chronic stress and the struggle to balance family, work and life.

At Hair Clinic International we take a proactive approach to hair loss, believing that a preventative strategy is easier than trying to plan a cure. Our trained experts and therapists have been successfully consulting concerned patients for many years. If you believe that your hair loss worries could be as a result of hormonal imbalances book a consultation with a leading Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, and take control of your hair concerns today.

Other factors that could lead to hair loss

  • Stress
  • Under active or over performing thyroid
  • Pregnancy and child birth
  • Certain medications and the pill
  • Menopause

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