Hormonal Hair Loss in Women

Hormonal Hair Loss

As women, we are constantly bombarded with messages about how our hair should look. We are told that we need to have long, flowing locks to be considered beautiful. But what happens when our hair starts falling out?

Hair loss can be a frustrating and confusing experience for any woman. It’s often hard to tell what’s normal shedding and what might be a sign of a more serious problem. Hair shedding is a totally normal part of life – you lose between 50 and 100 hairs every day! It’s all part of a natural balance, with some hairs falling out as new ones grow in.

Loosing hair is caused by an imbalance in the hair growth cycle. When hair falls out and less hair grows in, that’s when hair thinning happens. The medical term for hair loss is “alopecia.”

Here’s a guide to help you understand hormonal hair loss in women and when you should seek help from one of our women’s hormone doctors and regenerative medicine experts.

Hair Growth Cycles

Hair goes through three cycles, each with a different purpose. The anagen phase, or the growing phase, can last anywhere from two years to eight years. This is the phase during which your hair does the most growing – usually about 85% to 90% of the hair on your head is in this phase at any given time. The catagen phase is the transition phase, during which your hair follicles shrink. This phase only lasts for about two to three weeks. Finally, the telogen phase is the resting phase. During this time, your hair follicles rest for about two to four months. At the end of the telogen phase, your hair falls out.

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Types of Hair Loss

    • Anagen effluvium: This is caused by medications that destroy a growing hair follicle (like chemotherapy).
    • Telogen effluvium: This is caused by an increased number of hair follicles reaching the telogen phase, which is the stage where hair falls out.
    • Androgenetic alopecia/female pattern alopecia, or female pattern hair loss (FPHL)/ baldness: This type is the most common. Hair thins gradually over time on the top of the head and on the sides.

It’s a common misconception that hair loss is only a problem for men. However, research suggests that more than half of all women will experience noticeable hair loss at some point in their lives. The most prevalent cause of hair loss in women is a condition called female-pattern hair loss (FPHL), which affects around one in three women who are susceptible to it.

Hair loss doesn’t discriminate. A very common misconception is that it mostly affects the male part of the population. It can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender, or background.

What are some of the main causes of hair loss?

Hair loss can happen to any woman at any age, but it’s most common in women over 40 due to rapid hormonal fluctuations and the peri-menopause. Menopausal women are also susceptible to hair thinning and so are new mums who have just had babies- all thanks to hormone disbalances.

Other common causes include women undergoing therapy with harsh medications or who are under severe mental distress. When it comes hair styles and maintenance from a beauty perspective, there are also factors that can affect the health of the hair. If you often wear your hair in tight ponytails or use harsh chemicals, you may be putting yourself at greater risk resulting in hair loss.

What causes anagen effluvium hair loss?

There are many possible causes of anagen effluvium hair loss, including exposure to toxic substances such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. This type of hair loss can occur suddenly and can affect any area of the body. In some cases, the hair loss may be permanent if the hair follicles are seriously damaged.

What are the causes of telogen effluvium hair loss?

Extreme physical stress or shock to your body: This can cause temporary hair loss. This category includes events like major surgery, anemia, serious illness, and having a baby.
Intense emotional stress is also a great factor in hair loss. Mental distress/illness affects nearly everyone at a certain stage of their life. Taking certain medications and supplements while trying to manage emotional turmoil can contribute greatly to thinning hair. Next comes the thyroid. Abnormal thyroid levels are renowned for having a negative impact on your mane. Last but not least are women’s ‘’favourite’’ hormonal disbalances that affect each and every one of us. Hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, menopause, or birth control pills are a major cause for hair loss.

What are the causes for Female Pattern Hair Loss – FPHL?

As we age, our hair goes through many changes. For some women, this can mean thinning hair on the top of the head. This type of hair loss is called FPHL, or female pattern hair loss.

So what causes FPHL? There are many factors that can contribute, but the most common cause is genetics. If your mom or grandmother experienced thinning hair, you’re more likely to experience it yourself. Other causes of FPHL can include hormonal changes, such as those that occur during menopause. When estrogen levels drop, hair loss often increases.

Whatever the cause, FPHL can be a frustrating and upsetting experience. But there are treatments available that can help slow down hair loss and promote new growth. Talk to your doctor about your options.

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What is the correlation between menopause and hormonal hair loss?

Around the time of menopause, women may notice changes in their hair. Hair might start to grow hair in places didn’t before, or it may be noticed that already existing is thinning. One reason for this may be the changing levels of hormones during menopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels fall, which means the effects of the androgens (male hormones) are increased. During and after menopause, hair may become finer (thinner) because the hair follicles are shrinking. Hair grows more slowly and falls out more easily in these cases.

During an initial consultation one of our medical experts in women’s hormones will do a thorough examination and take a detailed history. You may be directed to have some tests done, such as a TRICHOTEST or more specific ones that will have your iron levels or thyroid hormone levels tested. You may also be referred to see your doctor if medications that you take are found to affect hair loss or growth.

Polynucleotides treatment for hormonal hair loss in women

What are Polynucleotides

Polynucleotides (PN), also known as nucleic acids, are bioactive molecules that play a crucial role in cellular regeneration and tissue repair.

It is a not a little-known fact that polynucleotides (PN) can stimulate cell proliferation in a number of different cell types, including fibroblasts and adipocytes. PN are fractions of DNA with a low molecular weight that are extracted from trout/salmon sperm. They are obtained through a process of high-temperature purification and sterilization, without the interaction of peptides or pharmacologically-active proteins. These long chains of nucleotides are the basic structural units of DNA and RNA, and when introduced into the body, can stimulate its own regenerative capabilities. Topical application or injection of PN into the scalp can stimulate hair follicles, promote hair growth, and improve hair thickness and density. PN can also help to prevent hormonal hair loss in women and improve the appearance of thinning hair.

The Polynucleotide hair treatment is also a powerhouse of antioxidants that help combat inflammation and oxidative stress which contribute to thinning of the hair. Besides improving structure, Polynucleotide therapy also focuses on working to restore  volume and hydration. The combined impact of these benefits results in a significant aesthetic enhancement, allowing you to recapture your best hair days.

There is already a significant amount of research that suggests that the dermal reactivating properties of polynucleotides may be stronger than other primary skin active principles. This provides a strong rationale for polynucleotides as “bioreactivating primers” of the skin and an incredibly effective treatment for female hormonal hair loss.

Read more on the different types on Polynucleotide Therapy.