Hormones, Women and Hair Loss

Hormones, hair loss, and women.

You hear a lot about the causes of hair loss. Some of what you hear is a myth, like when you hear wearing hats might cause hair loss. Sometimes you hear something that seems unusual but is true. For example, wearing a tight hair style can create a condition called traction alopecia, which does cause hair loss. You also may have heard that the hormone testosterone contributes to hair loss, and wonder how that can be because women experience hair loss too. At RHRLI, we want our patients to have all of the information they can get about hair loss because we want everyone to understand why we offer the best permanent solution to patients with thinning hair.

RHRLI Will Help You Find a Solution to Hair Loss

RHRLI’s solution is called the ARTAS® system and it uses a robotic arm to give you the healthiest hair transplant procedure you can find. It’s a minimally invasive procedure and unlike other hair transplants such as “strip surgery” you won’t have to take pain medication and have longer recovery times. ARTAS® is also more accurate than other types of transplants that involve the use of handheld devices. RHRLI believes giving patients the best care and the best knowledge, so we want to tell you about women, hormones and hair loss.

Testosterone and Women

The most common type of hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia, which is more commonly known as male or female pattern hair loss. According to WebMD, it was once believed that androgenetic alopecia was caused by a predominance of testosterone. That thinking has changed but only slightly. It’s now believed that the culprit is dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

But DHT is derived from testosterone. According to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase, which is held in a hair follicle’s oil glands. The hair loss is caused by DHT binding to receptors in your hair follicles and shrinking them.

But why is testosterone, which is normally associated with men, showing up in women. Women do have a minute fraction of the testosterone level that men have, according to WebMD. But it is enough to cause DHT-triggered hair loss in women.

Other Hair Loss Issues Related to Women

According to the UK Daily Express, treatment for women who have too much testosterone depends on the individual patient. There are also issues related to women and hair loss involving the hormones progesterone and estrogen. When progesterone levels are too low it can lead to the condition of hyper-estrogen which will trigger excessive shedding of hair and eventually hair loss. Menopause can lower the production of these hormones.

RHRLI and ARTAS® Can Put Hair Loss Behind You

Many treatments for hormonal imbalances involving women can be treated with those hormones or things like diet change. But for more serious cases or if you’re a patient looking for a permanent solution to your hair loss, RHRLI can help you put the problem behind you. We’re the only hair loss treatment center on Long Island that offers ARTAS®. To learn more, contact us today.

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