Genetic and hormonal factors, anxiety and stress, nutrition and exercise, medication and skin conditions – all are significant factors in the question of hair loss. Now, the hair loss resulting from most of these factors is usually temporary. For example when the anxiety and stress subside, when the nutrition and exercise are restored to normal levels and when the medications and skin conditions are discontinued, the hair thinning reverses itself and hair growth resumes. However when it comes to genetic and hormonal factors, the story is quite different. After all how do you change your heredity? You can’t. And balding is often an inherited condition. In fact male pattern baldness in women and balding in women occur largely because of these hereditary and hormonal effects.
The Part Played By Hormones
Hormones in the body perform many and varied functions and they are highly complex in their behavior. You’ve likely heard of the male hormone, testosterone. Its interaction with a number of enzymes in the body results in the production of a hormone byproduct known as DHT.(Dihydrotestosterone). DHT can have a profound effect on the hair follicles in the scalp. It causes a progressive shrinking of the follicles with the net effect that the hair becomes smaller and thinner until there is no more hair growth. As a result the normal healthy cycle of hair growth and replacement ceases and so baldness sets in.
The basic make up and body function of women pre-dispose them to experiencing more hormonal changes than men. For example during menopause, childbirth and pregnancy and post pregnancy, there are serious hormone level variations and imbalances. One of the effects of these is loss of hair. Sometime temporary and sometimes permanent. Of course losing ones hair is nothing short of distressing and many attempts have been made to provide products and treatments to stop hair loss and regrow hair. And, frankly, a fair measure of success has been achieved. However much remains to be done to reach the ideal, simple cure for balding. Thus female pattern baldness and balding in women continue to receive the attention of the medical research community.
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