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About one third of the women we work with on hormone balancing are concerned about hair loss. According to the American Academy of Dermatology 40% of women have visible hair loss by age 40! Finding the root cause (excuse the pun) of hair loss is tricky because there are so many possibilities and it’s different for each individual. However, hair loss in women is likely a hormonal imbalance. Sadly, those imbalances are often missed or overlooked.

 

How is hair loss in women treated?

Most medical approaches don’t look at functional issues thoroughly; this is problematic for a few reasons. We know for certain that hair loss in women can be caused by hormone imbalances (for example, thyroid hormones or high dihydrotestosterone), anemia or other nutritional deficiencies, and/or stress. Yet, the treatment approach is often topical medications, which don’t treat these underlying causes. Treating only the symptom of hair loss (with topical medications) and not the underlying problem leaves you suffering, potentially for years.

 

What causes hair loss in women?

The underlying causes mentioned are frequently missed due to out-of-date testing methods and lab ranges used in conventional medicine. For example, a large percentage of women suffer from functional or sub-clinical anemia (iron-poor blood) or hypothyroidism but go undiagnosed. Women commonly report to me, “I’ve had my thyroid checked and everything was normal.” When, in fact everything is NOT normal!

Everything is NOT normal and it’s time we stop accepting that as an answer! I believe this so deeply that, I’m writing a book about it! It is my mission to empower women to get the healthcare they deserve!

 

Here are some things I think you should know if you are experiencing hair loss:

  • Your thyroid is not normal if your TSH was outside the range of .3 – 3.5 (goal is as close to 1.0 as possible)
  • You may have undiagnosed anemia (iron-poor blood) if your doctor has not tested your ferritin (iron storage). Or, if your ferritin was tested and it wasn’t above 50 (above 70 if you also have hypothyroidism).
  • Stress may also be the culprit. However, you can only uncover this by testing for adrenal fatigue. 
  • Testing for heavy metal toxicity may also be a key to understanding the underlying cause of your hair loss. 
  • Autoimmune diseases can present with hair loss as a symptom. Unfortunately, it takes on average 4.6 years and 5 doctors to diagnose autoimmune disease.

 

As you can see there are many underlying causes of hair loss that are important to get resolved. It’s deeper than regrowing hair or keeping the hair you have! Each of the possible causes of hair loss, also frequently present with additional symptoms such as fatigue, depression, chronic pain, foggy brain, low libido, fertility issues, weight gain, sleep problems and more. It’s important to find someone willing to help you get to the source and not just treat your symptoms. That’s why we work with women to discover and resolve the root cause of hair loss and many other symptoms.

 

If you are wondering where to start to get answers, schedule a free consult with us.