Hair Loss Caused by Hormonal Imbalance

By far the most common type of hair loss experienced by women is that caused by the effect of certain hormones upon the hair.

These hormones enter the hair cells and pre-vent them from growing as well as they should, this results in the characteristic thinning on the front and top of the scalp. The scalp begins to grow finer hairs and the scalp becomes more visible. There is usually a general loss of “condition” resulting in the hair becoming lank and difficult to control.

This form of hair loss affects 10% of women between the ages of 18-40, 25% by the age of 50 and a staggering 60% by the age of 70. In many women it is a minor problem and is easily disguised, but other women find it very distressing and lose their self confidence and self esteem.

In the past nothing could be done to prevent this problem occurring but now there are substances which can stop the hair from thinning and can produce a better quality of hair in most women. The treatment consists of using a very low level (and perfectly safe) hormone cream and lotion which are applied externally to the affected region of the scalp.

As with most disorders, the earlier the treatment is started the better the results are likely to be. Approximately 30% of people visiting the Trichological Centre are women who suffer from this hair loss problem.

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