Hair Loss And Hormonal Imbalance In Women
As women age, their hormonal systems undergo rapid changes that can lead to imbalances. There are many symptoms associated with this condition, including:
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of sexual desire
- Night sweats
- Ballooning weight
- Hair loss
Of these, hair loss is the most visible, and often the most disturbing, symptom. Women’s hair loss is readily apparent, and robs women of one of their most attractive features: beautiful, full hair. It is not unusual to lose 50 to 100 strands of hair daily – this amount of hair loss will not be noticed. However, hormonal imbalances can cause whole clumps of hair to fall out all at once, leaving bald patches intermixed with normal areas. If treatment isn’t soon started, complete baldness may result.
Women can resort to wigs to look great again, but wigs are expensive and a hassle to use. One is forever worrying that the hairpiece will somehow become detached and you will suffer mortifying embarrassment. But beyond embarrassment, the hair lost is an indicator that your body is beginning to fail. Treatment is necessary not only to restore your hair, but also your health and your psyche. To be sure, there are other potential causes of hair loss besides hormonal imbalance, including:
- A faulty immune system
- Blood loss
- Nutritional deficiencies
But the most common diagnosis is in fact hormonal imbalance. Besides menopause, hormonal imbalances can be precipitated by pregnancy, birth control pills, giving birth and breastfeeding. Post-partum depression is widely observed, and many link it to a hormonal imbalance. It is not unusual for women to start losing hair three to four months after they give birth. Paradoxically, this is caused by hormones returning to their normal levels. In the process, the existing hair growth and loss cycle is disturbed, leading to hair loss.
Hormone replacement therapy is often helpful for menopausal women. By restoring estrogen levels, women may be able to reverse hair loss and a host of other symptoms. Of course, not all women fear hair loss, and some embrace it. The character Ilia (played to perfection by the late Persis Khambatta) from the movie Star Trek I was completely bald and yet quite beautiful. However, most women would choose not to emulate this character, at least in the United States. In any event, hair loss in women is a sign that something is wrong – women are advised to immediately seek medical counsel when they realize that their hair loss exceeds normal parameters.