Hormones are naturally occurring chemicals produced by the glands
in our body. These chemicals perform a variety of functions from reproduction,
general health, and emotions. The thyroid gland produces these hormones,
releasing it into the blood stream to trigger effects based on the
cell that receives the chemical.
The activity of hormones within the body is responsible for a wide range of tasks; the amount of these hormones needs to be at a specific balance in order for things to go smoothly. Any change in hormonal balance can have adverse effects on the body, and this includes the loss of hair.
imbalance in the body can cause hair loss. Generally, common
hair loss is caused by the male hormone testosterone. This hormone
is produced both by men and women and travels to the hair
follicles through the blood stream. Testosterone in itself does
not have a dramatic effect on the hair follicle, but testosterone,
once inside the hair follicle, is converted into another form of
hormone known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT by enzymes found in
the body. The DHT affects the hair follicles on the scalp, causing
the hair to thin out and will eventually kill off the follicles
that produce hair.
The effects of testosterone levels are more predominant in men. However, testosterone also affects women who have a strong genetic predisposition to some forms of hair loss. Any increase in the levels of testosterone in the body, however minimal, can cause the hair on the scalp to become thinner.
Any imbalance in hormonal production also has an effect women's
hair loss. The increase of certain hormones in the body that occur
during and after pregnancy and menopause can affect the hair follicles.
Women who go through these natural cycles in their life can notice
changes in the production and density of hair. The ovaries that
produce hormones tend to manufacture more of the male hormones than
female hormones. This excessive production of androgens results
in hair loss. Dermatologists and other specialists may be able to
study the hair follicles to determine the effects of androgen on
the cells. The hormones themselves may not directly cause hair loss.
Women's daily diets and nutritional intake are also extremely important
as the nutrients taken in can and will affect the production of
hormones in the body.
As a course of hair loss treatment for
women, minoxidil or Rogaine may be purchased without a prescription.
Daily applications for a minimum of four months may be needed to
see any regrowth of hair. However, not everyone may be satisfied
with the results brought about by these drugs. Stopping the use
of these medications will cause the new hair that has grown to fall
out. Other alternatives to these medications are also offered. These
alternatives, although more expensive, can produce more permanent
and better results: hair laser restoration techniques and hair transplant
repair surgeries. One should always have on his mind that any attempt
at treating hair loss disorders should be overseen and facilitated
by a licensed medical practitioner. Remember to consult your physician
before deciding on any course of treatment.