Hair Loss caused by Hormonal Irregularities

Hormones are specialized proteins excreted by various glands in the body to regulate bodily function. Hormonal production irregularities  can affect body functions, including the function of hair follicles, and result in hair loss. Usually hormone-related irregularities have multiple symptoms, and are reversible with proper treatment. If you suspect you have a hormone-related irregularity that is causing hair loss, schedule a consultation with a medical doctor.

Over-active Thyroid

Thyroid gland irregularities include excessive thyroid hormone production, which results in a condition called hyperthyroidism usually have coarse lifeless hairs, that are also easily extracted, along with many other symptoms.

Under-active Thyroid

An under-active thyroid gland results in a thyroid hormone deficiency, called hypothyroidism. Those with hypothyroidism usually have coarse lifeless hairs that are also easily extracted, along with many other symptoms.


Some women who are genetically pre-disposed to have pattern hair loss are protected from the effects of androgen hormones by the counter-balancing
effect of their estrogen hormones. After menopause their estrogen hormone levels decline and they may begin to lose hair. Hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women is designed to compensate for reduced estrogen levels, and help restore the emotional and physical condition of the patient to the pre-menopause states. It may also slow or stop hair loss triggered by menopause.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy is a controversial treatment for menopause, with possible links to both increasing the risk of some cancers, possibly reducing the risk of certain heart diseases, in addition to having a highly disputed effectiveness at treating various postmenopausal conditions.