A person’s scalp has about 100,000 hair strands, and each has its own life cycle. Losing 50 to 100 strands per day shouldn’t be a problem because these will eventually grow back. But if you are starting to lose hair faster than you can grow it, then you are suffering from hair loss.
While hair loss is typically associated with aging men, this condition can affect both men and women and it can occur at any age. Hair thinning or loss has many causes, including stress, genetics, hair products, and medical treatments. However, the most prevalent cause of this condition is hormone imbalance.
Hormone Imbalance and Hair Loss
DHT or dihydrotestosterone plays a major role in the balding process. This hormone is synthesized from testosterone and is stored in a hair follicle’s oil gland. An excess in DHT can shrink the hair follicles and prevent the production of healthy hair. Now, hormones operate synergistically. In the same way that hair loss can be triggered by a rise in male hormone levels, it can also be initiated by decreasing female hormone levels. If the baldness is caused by an increase in DHT levels, it is called androgenic alopecia; if by a decrease in estrogen levels, it’s called estrogenic alopecia.
These are some of the signs that your hair problem is caused by hormone imbalance:
- Brushing or washing causes hair to fall out in clumps
- Small bald patches start to appear on the scalp
- Hair thinning on front, sides, or top of head
- Oily and itchy scalp
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At Genemedics Health Institute, we understand how losing one’s hair can profoundly affect a person’s life. The condition can change one’s appearance and negatively impact a person’s self-confidence. Finding the root of the problem is crucial to addressing the symptoms of hair loss. Get tested today for hormone imbalance and treat the condition before it worsens. Our clinics in Michigan and Arizona offer hormone level testing and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. For more information about how we can help you address hair loss and other problems caused by hormone imbalance, please call 800-277-4041 or leave a message on our Contact Us page.