How To Turn Off The Hormones That Cause Hair Thinning
By Priya Rao
And get back to your roots.
For many women, hair is a huge part of who they are—and that makes hair loss a BIG deal. Women’s Health looked at the main causes of hair loss to help you fight back against it. First up: hormonal hair loss.
What it is
Another form of telogen effluvium, this type of shedding is triggered either by a medical hormonal imbalance (including thyroid-related disorders) or by a traumatic event (like surgery or dramatic weight loss). Both causes result in a dip in hair-growth-promoting hormones, such as oestrogen and progesterone, and an increase in hair-loss-promoting hormones, such as androgen and testosterone. This, in turn, flips a switch, sending hairs into the telogen phase all at once. This can last for up to seven months, during which time you won’t experience much new growth in the affected areas.
What it looks like
Thinner hair all over—the shedding happens throughout the scalp, so you might just notice a tinier ponytail.
Ample exercise, meditation, and healthy habits are the best kinds of treatments, says Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Dr. Melissa Piliang. “These techniques help restore your body to its natural state.” Meaning: Your hair follicles can return to their regularly scheduled programming (there is no rule, but it could cut the shedding time in half, from seven months to three).
In addition, if your condition was brought on by a medical-related (not a trauma-induced) hormonal issue, your doctor may put you on hormone-regulating medications, like progesterone or even birth control, to fix the underlying issue.
No matter the source of the shedding, minoxidil and supplements that address multiple sources of hair loss make great options (since this type of shedding could result from any number of causes), says Fusco.
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