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What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

July 1st, 2017

Learn about the top 3 possible causes of hair loss in women and how to treat them

Between dyeing, straightening, blow drying, perms, and tight hairstyles, women’s hair tends to take a lot of abuse over the course of a lifetime. These kinds of stresses can cause hair to become thin and brittle or even fall out entirely. However, even if you have been kind to your hair, you may experience hair loss around the time of menopause. This condition is common, affecting 50 percent of women.

If you have begun noticing more and more hair left behind on your pillow or in your hairbrush, and especially if the hair loss seems concentrated in the upper third or half of your scalp, this could be a signal of something amiss with your health. After all, hair cells are among the fastest growing cells in the body, and they are some of the first to get shut down when energy needs to be directed elsewhere.

Here are the three main causes of hair loss in women:

Low Thyroid: Many women suffer from thyroid problems at menopause. Among other symptoms, low thyroid can cause hair loss as well as changes in hair texture. If you are experiencing hair loss, getting your thyroid tested is an important first step to stopping and even reversing the problem. If you are diagnosed with low thyroid, be careful which treatment you choose. Synthroid can actually cause hair loss as a side effect, as can treatment with the T4 version of the thyroid hormone alone. A mix of T3 and T4 (like we prescribe at Renew Youth) is best for treating hair loss and for relieving other symptoms of low thyroid.

DHT Conversion: Some women may experience “female pattern baldness” due to a genetic issue with DHT conversion. When testosterone converts to DHT on the scalp, it causes hair follicles to shrink. New hair that grows from these follicles will be thinner and thinner, until eventually hair stops growing at all. Since women do not have much testosterone to start with, DHT sensitivity should not be treated by reducing overall testosterone levels. This would have a negative impact on things women need testosterone for, such as sex drive. Instead, we can provide a topical treatment right at the hair follicle.

Nutritional Deficiency: Deficiencies in your diet will show up quickly in fast-growing cells such as your hair and nails. Often, supplementing biotin, vitamin B5, and vitamin D can help give hair the nutrients it needs to start growing normally again. We offer quality oral supplements as well as injectable nutrients.

To learn more about Renew Youth’s treatment options for hair loss in women, please contact us at 800-859-7511 today.

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