Can Hair Loss Due to Hormone Imbalance be Reversed?
Hair loss is not always a matter of genetics. Sometimes, hormonal changes can cause your hair to thin or to fall out. Women experience this commonly during pregnancy. Some may even see their hair fall out in big batches after they give birth. Others experience hair thinning when they have thyroid issues, which influence the hormones also.
Women most frequently experience hair issues because of hormonal imbalances, but men can experience them also. Fortunately, you can reverse some hair loss caused by hormone imbalance. First, you need to understand what caused the issue in the first place. Here are a few common culprits:
Estrogen and Progesterone Imbalance
You might have excess estrogen, excess progesterone, or a deficiency in one or the other. Or you may have a normal level of one, but it is considered “dominant” because the other is deficient. Either way, when these reproductive hormones are out of balance, such as during pregnancy or menopause, they can affect the health of your hair and even lead to hair loss or thinning.
Extreme or chronic stress, some birth control medications, and even diet can also affect estrogen and progesterone levels. You can easily have these hormone levels tested to find out if they are out of balance, and you can bring them into balance by taking the right medications, getting more sleep and exercise, or changing your diet. The solution depends on what is causing the imbalance.
Men can’t seem to get enough testosterone since it makes them bigger and stronger. Women have some testosterone, but too much can do more than make them bulk up. Too much testosterone can actually cause unpleasant issues for women, such as excess hair growth on parts of the body they don’t want, like the face.
In some cases, excess testosterone can convert to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which causes hair loss. DHT damages the hair follicles, causing often permanent hair loss. Addressing this problem quickly is key to stopping or reversing hair loss.
When your body doesn’t regulate insulin properly, it can not only cause a lot of problems for your health, but also for your hair. Insulin is a helper hormone that regulates blood sugar. Studies have shown that women who have insulin resistance have an increased risk of androgenic alopecia, which is female pattern baldness.
Diet, exercise, stress management, and medication are some of the ways that insulin can be managed to keep it at healthy levels. Doing so will decrease your risk of diabetes and other metabolic issues, as well as help protect your hair health.
Houston Hair Loss Clinic treats hair loss and thinning in both men and women that is caused by hormonal imbalances. Our doctors try to understand what is causing the hair loss and then create a treatment program that addresses the issue for the highest chance of success. You may also need to work closely with your primary physician to treat some of the other physical causes for the imbalance. Contact us to learn more about our treatment options.