hair loss

Hair Loss and Hysterectomy

Having a hysterectomy is something that sometimes cannot be avoided in women. It can be the source of anxiety unlike any other. Some women feel that they are losing the part of themselves that make them a woman, since in this procedure all or some of the female parts are removed. In a full hysterectomy, the uterus, ovaries and the fallopian tubes are removed, other times some of the parts can be saved. Making this procedure even more harmful on a woman’s self esteem is the outer changes that their bodies are going through, not just the changes on the inside.

Hormone Therapy the Culprit

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS may be a primary cause of hair loss for women. The failure to grow new hair for women with PCOS is because of high levels of male hormones.

While hair on the scalp may be thinner, they will probably find hair on the face is coarser and pops out in the strangest places. Black, coarse hairs are known to sprout on the chin, cheeks or even under the chin! Leg hair may be coarser and grow faster as well as hair under the arm.

Excess Hormones

Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that is converted from the male hormone testosterone. This hormone attaches to the hair follicles and puts them in “resting” mode. The follicles are still active but become thinner with each cycle. This leaves open the possibility of new hair growth.

Excessive levels of androgen occur in women who are menopausal, or have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Hormone imbalance because of pregnancy, head injuries, birth control side effects, and women who are postmenopausal is largely responsible for hair loss in women. Called Androgenic Alopecia, it’s hair loss because of hormone imbalance.

Estrogenic Alopecia