Estrogen Hormone Imbalance and Hair Loss
Disbalanced estrogen can cause thinning hair in women. Estrogen can become disbalanced due to normal hormonal fluctuations at different times in our lives and due to factors such as perimenopause (pre-menopause) or menopause, weight gain or exposure to toxic endocrine disruptors (which can be found in plastic products, and sometimes in our water or food). During pregnancy, our estrogen levels peak, which can account for pregnant women’s enviable hair thickness and growth. But post-pregnancy, you can see hair loss due to the sudden drop in estrogen levels. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) as well as anorexia nervosa and extreme over-exercising can impact estrogen levels.
How to Prevent Hair Loss during Menopause
During perimenopause and menopause, the natural but extreme declines in estrogen can cause hair loss for many women on average between age 40 and 55. Perimenopause is the transitional period prior to menopause when the first natural reduction in estrogen levels occurs. On average, menopause begins at age 51. During menopause, women’s bodies produce even less estrogen, which can cause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and yes, even hair loss.
Other Hormonal Imbalances and Hair Fall in Women
Women need the right balance of not only estrogen, but testosterone as well. If a woman has too much testosterone, it can lead to hair growth on her face, neck or chest and it can lead to thinning hair on her head.
Fluctuating thyroid hormone levels can also lead to hair fall. When the body is under physical stress from any kind of abnormal functioning, such as thyroid hormone imbalances, any non-critical functions such as hair growth or nail growth are among the first processes to be affected. While the body attempts to do critical work, such as balancing your hormones, your hair may become thin and dull, and your nails may weaken and break more easily. For this reason, low thyroid levels can cause hair fall and thinning hair in women as they age.
The link between hormones and hair loss in women can be alarming, especially during already significant transitional life stages, such as post-pregnancy or menopause. But many women experience hair loss due to hormonal imbalances. With the right treatments, such as hair growth supplements and lifestyle changes, women can help mitigate the effects of hormonal imbalances that can lead to hair loss and promote existing hair growth.