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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Adrenal Stress Can Cause Hair Loss

One of the most common complaints from women is that they are losing their hair. Healthy shedding of old hairs from their follicles and allowing new ones to grow in can be very healthy. This natural hair loss is cyclical, some seasons it will grow and in some seasons you will lose more. In general we lose about 100 hairs a day. Exactly how much you lose, and how thick your hair is at the end of the hair loss is related to both age and genetics. All hair follicles can respond to nutrition, stress, pregnancy, menopause, and medication exposure; and there are many more conditions that can produce hair loss. But, certain hair loss may be related to unique hormonal patterns. In puberty, usually breast development occurs first and then the adrenal gland male hormones, like DHEA.  This adrenal gland hormone is thus a stimulus for pubic hair growth. The pubic hair appearance, at approximately the same time as underarm (axillary) hair appearance, comes from a separate but similar hormonal influences. And changes in adrenal hormones can cause loss of pubic hair as well. Adrenal stress can be confused with other conditions, and it can manifest by several symptoms, and tested for with blood work, but one obvious physical sign may just be losing pubic hair. Factors that cause graying of hair and factors that cause hair loss might be related, but they may be separate as well. Age and medication and stress are more likely to be related to graying of the hair, rather than loss of hair. It is best to come in and gab with your gyno to determine whether any hormone imbalances are causing this issue. 

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