Stop Hormone Related Female Hair Loss Naturally

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What Does Female Hair Loss Due to A Hormonal Imbalance Look Like?

In women, hair loss due to a hormonal imbalance appears in two forms:

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    Telogen effluvium is aggravated by illness, stress, emotions and medications
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    It causes the hair thin all over, the widening of the hair part. Sometimes the hair can also fall out in patches. Usually the hair follicles recover and grow back new hair within six to nine months.
    Hormonal imbalances can cause widening of hair part.
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    Alopecia areata hair loss that is an inflammatory scenario where the body's immune cells attack its own hair follicles
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    This type of hair loss causes balding at the crown and temples, wide parts and hair falling out in patches. In this scenario the hair may not grow back.
    Balding at the crown of the head is a sign of female hormonal imbalance.
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The Causes of Hormone Imbalance Related Hair Loss

Hormones are a produced by the endocrine glands. They are the chemical messengers that make sure that all of the systems in the body work in confluence with each other. The efficient operation of the hormones is dependent on thousands of bio-chemical interactions, and it only takes a couple of disruptions to throw the whole system out of order.

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Common causes of female hormone imbalance include:

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    The failure of the endocrine system to produce optimal levels of progesterone
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    In order for your body to function smoothly your endocrine system must be producing both progesterone and estrogen at vital levels or an imbalance results. If your estrogen levels are too high, this causes a condition called estrogen-dominance, which also results in excess facial hair. The irony of estrogen-dominance is that while your hair thins on top, you grow hair on your face.
    Women with estrogen dominance may experience hair loss and also grow a mustache.
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    The endocrine system producing too much DHT, while producing low estrogen levels at the same time
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    DHT (dihydortestosterone) is a form of of testosterone with hair loss effects that are usually prevented by the production of estrogen. The result of not producing enough estrogen is often permanent hair loss due to DHT destroying the hair follicles
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    The thyroid gland failing to produce enough of the parathyroid hormone
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    When the thyroid does not produce hormones the result is hair that starts thinning all over.
    An underproduction of the thyroid hormone can cause the hair to thin all over the scalp.
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    The endocrine system producing less estrogen or progestin after pregnancy
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    During pregnancy estrogen levels are elevated and the result is that many women grow shiny, lustrous locks. After pregnancy, estrogen levels drop and encourage the production of DHT, which causes a condition called post-partum hair loss. With some women the hair thinning remains and with others, the hair that falls out grows back within a year.
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    The birth control pill suppressing the production of estrogen or progestin
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    The birth control pill often causes an overproduction of DHT and the symptoms that go with it including hair thinning and hair growth on the face.
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    Menopause causing estrogen and progestin levels to fall and trigger an overproduction of DHT
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    This produces eventual hair loss. This is a natural process, but distressing to many women who do not understand why their hair is falling out.
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    An over-production of DHT due to bio-identical hormone therapy
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    When women are prescribed hormonal therapy, the doctors do not always get the prescribed levels right. Progesterone, estrogen, DHEA and testosterone may be prescribed in amounts that can cause further hair loss. DHEA is a precursor to creating testosterone.
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    The adrenal glands producing too much cortisol
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    When the adrenal glands, the organs that trigger a "fight or flight" response to stress are dysfunctional the body produces too much cortisol. Cortisol, often called the stress hormone causes the body to release copious amounts of adrenaline which in turn causes a woman to produce more testosterone and hair-follicle disruptors such as DHT.
    Too much emotional stress can cause hair to fall out.
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Steps to Correcting Hormone Related Baldness Naturally

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    Stop drinking alcohol
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    Alcohol consumption causes hormonal disruptions that can cause your endocrine system to overproduce DHT, thus causing hair loss and maybe permanent balding.
    Women who drink are at greater risk for hair loss.
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    Stop drinking coffee or lessen your intake to four to six ounces a day
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    If you drink a lot of coffee you may be disrupting your endocrine system and causing the suppression of estrogen and progestin, which in turn causes the production of DHT and causes balding in women. The other issue associated with coffee consumption is that it raises adrenalin levels, which in turn produces cortisol, which also causes hormonal imbalances. If you can't stop drinking coffee at least try to reduce your intake of the beverage as much as possible.
    Drinking coffee can cause hair loss in women.
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    Eat more cold water sea fish species
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    These fish are a source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) which helps regulate the hormonal production that governs hair growth and calm the nerves. This includes salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna.
    Eat more salmon to reverse and halt hormonal related hair loss.
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    Take Evening Primrose Oil
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    Evening primrose oil is an excellent source omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are called EFAs (essential fatty acids) that help the female endocrine regulate the production of hormones.
    Taking an evening primrose oil supplement every day can help stop hormone related hair loss.
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    Use the herb Stinging Nettle both as a tea and a hair rinse
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    Stinging nettle contains an inhibitor of DHT that can help minimize and stop hair loss. Nettle leaf also contains iron, calcium, potassium and silica, which are essential nutrients for hair health. Simply brew a handful of raw or dry nettles as a tea and then drink it or you can use it as a hair rinse after you shower.
    Stinging nettles can help inhibit the production of DHT.
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    Avoid sleep deprivation
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    Women who do not get enough sleep suffer from raised cortisol levels and the underproduction of hormones needed to combat the resulting overproduction of DHT, which in turn causes baldness.
    Avoid exhaustion as a tired body produces too much DHT, which results in hair loss.
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    Consider bio-identical hormone replacement, which encourages your body to react to synthetic hormones does work for some women to halt hair loss due to hormonal imbalance, but not for all women
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    In some women, the therapy has been known to cause additional hair loss. Another issue that arises when considering bio-identical hormone replacement to correct hormonal imbalances is that some studies have shown it causes mood disorders, cancer and consequences therapy that is about twenty years old.. This is why many women choose to try and correct their hormone imbalance naturally.
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Tips and Tricks

  • It is usually a more progressive doctor or even a naturopath that will recommend bio-identical hormone replacement therapy as many allopathic or family doctors are wary of the long-term consequences of taking them
  • If your hair loss is hereditary, then your attempts to regrow your hair may not be as successful
  • Using nettles as a hair rinse has also been known to restore color to hair that is turning grey or white

Questions and Answers

I am having too much hair fall and developing baldness at the front. I am still 33 years female?

I am in India, any natural ways to regrow and stop hair fall naturally? I am looking out for a detailed explanation and products that I can use. I have tried: Dr Batras homeopathy and applied all kinds of oils and shampoo. When Oil massage is done with little pressure, so much hair comes out of scalp. I think it was caused by: Not sure my Ferrous Iron level is 38 and Vitamin D is low.

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If your body is not absorbing Vitamin D and your iron level is only 38 then it is time to go to your doctor and ask him to investigate why your iron levels are so low. There are many very serious disorders that are related to an iron level that is that low including diabetes, many diseases of the kidney, diseases of the liver and anemia that is caused by HIV, hepatitis and polycystic ovarian disease. It can also indicate intestinal and rectal cancer with the low iron levels caused by internal bleeding. It is important that you rule out these afflictions, before going further with natural solutions for hair loss, as hair loss is the main symptom of low iron levels. Once your doctor prescribes the proper supplementation and dosage for your condition, you are advised to wait for three months to see if your hair regrows on it's own. In the meantime, avoid washing your hair or applying any more remedies, commercial or natural, to avoid worsening your hair loss. Medication that addresses your underlying condition may be required to be taken for several months, before your hair will grow back.

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