A Woman’s Hair Loss Guide
A woman’s hair loss remedy usually involves botanicals, rather than medications derived from male prostate therapies. Learn about short-term postpartum hair loss, menopause hair loss and practical steps to reduce hair thinning.
Strategies For Reducing Woman’s Hair Loss And Growing Healthy Hair
Comparing Woman’s Hair Loss With Male Pattern Baldness. For all the differences between men and women, certain shared hormones, such as testosterone, bring together the sexes when reviewing woman’s hair loss.
Here’s what you have to understand. Trace amounts of testosterone trigger a specific set of metabolic steps affecting both the growth phase of your hair follicles as well as the quality or robustness of your hair follicles and their surrounding support structures. OK, what does this actually mean? Thick hair becomes less likely the older you get. In terms of a woman’s hair loss, thick hair is only possible if the hormones and enzymes responsible for follicle growth are kept in check.
Hair follicles can literally change in volume or quantity as well as hair follicle size. Unless the testosterone hormone pathway is controlled, you’ll experience reduced growth phase, plus smaller hair follicles…and thinning hair, rather than the actual male pattern baldness patches that men experience.
Pregnancy And Postpartum Hair Loss. During your pregnancy and for a period of around three months after your baby is born, you’ll experience varying levels of postpartum hair loss. This is utterly normal, and reflects the rather radical hormonal changes that your body has produced during pregnancy, especially your elevated levels of progesterone. What happens is that progesterone interferes with hormonal levels and enzyme activity responsible for hair follicle growth. Result? Your hair goes into a “resting phase” until your hormones settle down. Next result? At around the 3 to 4 month mark, you experience what seems to be a distressing postpartum hair loss. So, here’s the good news… it’s normal…the hair loss actually signifies a sudden burst in hair growth, which you’ll begin to notice immediately. For most women, postpartum hair loss is completely temporary in nature and duration. Miscarriage can also trigger postpartum hair loss response.
Woman’s Menopause Hair Loss. Once you pass through the child-rearing years, your estrogen levels plummet. Menopause hair loss essentially results from the reduction in estrogen levels… where estrogen normally blocks testosterone and DHT or dihydrotestosterone from forming. Why is this important? Well, research is increasingly targeting DHT as the culprit behind menopause hair loss, due to its negative impact on hair follicle growth, as well as its impact on reducing hair follicle size. Unless treated, a woman sees her hair thin-out… a seriously not-good situation. Estrogen replacement therapies designed for menopause hair loss include oral form (Premarin), skin patches (Estraderm) and vaginal (Estring). Again, be safe, be wise and consult your physician before undertaking hormonal therapies of any nature.