Root Cause of Women’s Hair Loss

women's hair lossMany women complain about hair loss. The majority of them are in the perimenopause and menopausal phases of their lives. It is interesting to note that during these phases, hormonal imbalance tends to be in play along with other factors like stress, medications (birth control pills and synthetic hormones), thyroid dysfunction, and poor diet and lifestyle choices. Let’s explore some common causes of hormonal imbalance related to hair loss.

Progesterone and Estrogen Levels Out of Balance

During perimenopause, our vital hormones like estrogen and progesterone begin to decline in production. Unfortunately, when progesterone levels get too low, estrogen dominance (a state of having too much estrogen in one’s body relative to progesterone) can occur. This can trigger excessive hair shedding and ultimately, hair loss. Also, low estrogen levels and increased testosterone levels during perimenopause and menopause can result in hair loss.

Estrogen is your friend when it’s appropriately balanced with progesterone. It stabilizes your mood, provides energy, and contributes to a healthy sex drive. However, too much estrogen caused by weight gain, perimenopause or toxicity from exposure to endocrine disruptors (elements in our food, water, and plastic products), can lead to thinning hair. Also, during and after pregnancy, for example, estrogen levels peak and then dip, causing sudden hair loss for many women.

Progesterone is our natural androgen (testosterone and DHEA) receptor blocker. In other words, it protects the hair follicle from testosterone. Progesterone is the reason women’s hair grow so thick during pregnancy. To have adequate progesterone, we must ovulate regularly. Women on birth control pills and women with a condition called PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) do not ovulate, and do not make enough progesterone. (The progestins in the pill are NOT progesterone.) Another cause of progesterone deficiency is stress, which forces the body to convert progesterone into the stress hormone cortisol. Magnesium is essential for progesterone production and calms the stress response. Magnesium is another androgen receptor blocker. This is why women who want to recover their hair should be on magnesium. Bioidentical progesterone replacement is an option if you are low but must be done along with correcting insulin resistance and thyroid deficiencies.

Insulin Impairment, PCOS, Testosterone

Insulin, a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels, affects fat storage, heart health, and hair growth. One published study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Risk found that women with some markers of insulin resistance have a greater risk for androgenic alopecia (AGA), or female pattern baldness.

Insulin resistance is a condition where we become resistant to our excessively produced amount of insulin in response to too much ingestion of processed foods high in refined sugars. It can lead to inflammation, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, facial hair growth and scalp hair loss in women. Other causes of insulin resistance include omega-6 vegetable oil, smoking, vitamin D deficiency, birth control pills, and a problem with intestinal bacteria due to antibiotic use.

Testosterone can cause hair loss. Although estrogen is the primary woman’s hormone, women also produce testosterone and other androgens like DHEA. As the body ages, women may begin to convert these androgens to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a more potent form of testosterone. DHT is responsible for hair thinning and hair loss. Women with PCOS have high testosterone on blood tests. Some have normal testosterone but still show signs of testosterone insensitivity such as acne and facial hair. The testosterone of PCOS is usually caused by insulin resistance.

Thyroid Disease

Too little or too high levels of thyroid can cause hair loss. When estrogen levels are higher due to low levels of progesterone, estrogen can compete with thyroid hormone at the receptor, creating low thyroid symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, and hair loss.

Cortisol and Stress

Hair loss may be the first indication that your stress level is taking a toll on your body. Stress seems to be a part of all of our lives and it is reaching epidemic proportions. Excessive physical stress, including high intensity exercise, or emotional stress associated with illness, injury, and trauma may cause hair to stop growing and enter a period of dormancy which is followed by hair falling out two or three months later

Cortisol is the stress hormone that gives the body its fight or flight response to stressful situations. High or low cortisol levels can cause hair loss. Increased cortisol levels due to prolonged stress can increase androgen production and raise blood sugar as well as block thyroid receptors. This can lead to hypothyroid causing hair thinning and hair loss.

How to Maintain Your Mane

  1. Get tested to see what your baseline hormone levels are, including estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and diurnal cortisol. Get a complete blood count, fasting blood glucose, iron levels, and a complete thyroid panel. These assessments can give you a better understanding of what hormonal issues may be at the root of your problem.
  2. Change your eating habits to eating more wholesome, nutritious, unprocessed foods by incorporating more fiber, more protein, fruits and vegetables, and drinking more water. Cut down on fast foods, processed and refined sugars, sodas, etc.
  3. Replenish your body with key nutrients that we are often deficient in that can affect hair growth such as vitamins A, E, B, C, D; omega-3 fatty acids; lysine; magnesium; selenium; copper; and zinc.
  4. Nurture your adrenals to keep cortisol in balance with adaptogenic herbs, meditation, light exercise such as yoga, Pilates, or walking daily. Manage your stress. Be sure to sleep. Deep sleep can help you heal in order to repair cellular damage. This helps with general hormone balance and can protect your precious locks from any further damage.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is here to help you live healthy and happy. We are happy to discuss compounding options to assist you with hair growth. Contact us today!

 

Source: Zoom Heaton

Compounding For Fertility

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Fertility compounding can be used to create a wide range of different customized treatments to assist with fertility. In the U.S. alone over 6 million men and women have fertility issues, or one in ten couples, and fertility treatments are highly specialized and must often be customized for each individual. Pharmaceutical compounding has made several major areas of progress for fertility treatments. Women and men who are infertile may have difficulties with conceiving but modern fertility medicine is so far advanced that there are many treatments to try. Fertility medications created at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can treat a wide range of different fertility problems based on the cause. Fertility medications can prove to be successful in treating fertility issues.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can create customized fertility medicines based on the individual needs of the patient and directions of fertility physicians. There can be several causes of fertility problems for women such as hormonal imbalances, ovulation problems, or issues with the reproductive system. Men may have issues with creating healthy sperm, emotional stress, malnutrition and other problems that can cause infertility. Infertility can be caused by certain illnesses, the use of medications, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, and some genetic disorders. There are many factors that affect fertility even for healthy people. A fertility physician can find the specific causes of the fertility issue and create a customized treatment for each individual, and with the wide range of different factors that can affect fertility, compounding pharmacies can be quite helpful in creating customized treatments.

Factors that affect fertility

There are dozens of factors that can affect fertility in both men and women, and below are some of the more common factors, some of which cannot be controlled:

  • Age – age is the strongest predictor of fertility. Fertility for men starts to decline at age 35, and it starts to decline for women after age 32, although there are many cases of women having children even after the age of 50. There is a higher chance of miscarriage and birth abnormalities for women after the age of 40.
  • STDs – sexually transmitted diseases can affect fertility for both men and women. Diseases such as syphilis, HPV, gonorrhea and others can cause fertility problems and by affecting the reproductive organs. Early and effective treatment of STDs can prevent fertility problems from arising.
  • Weight – weight has a significant influence on fertility, however weight problems can be treated with the proper diet along with certain compounded medications. For both men and women, body fat levels can affect fertility. Excess body fat in both men and women can cause hormone production abnormalities. Body fat levels that are too low can shut down the reproductive system entirely.
  • Hormone imbalances – hormonal imbalances can result from many different causes, for women they can affect the ovulation cycle, making them too long or too short, or stopping them altogether. Hormone imbalances are regularly treated at compounding pharmacies with customized treatments based on each individual’s hormone levels.
  • Medications – many medications can have fertility side effects that result in low libido or other fertility problems. Many of fertility side effects are temporary, and some of the medications that can affect fertility include antibiotics, anti-depressants, and painkillers. Compounded medications can also be created to reverse fertility problems caused by medications.
  • Environmental hazard exposure – there are several different types of environmental hazards that can lead to fertility issues such as radiation, microwave emissions, high temperatures, chemicals, prolonged exposure to stress, and several other factors can cause fertility problems.
  • Using drugs and alcohol – several types of drugs, tobacco and alcohol can cause a wide range of different fertility problems. Smoking can cause fertility problems for women, and even moderate alcohol consumption can cause fertility problems. Addictions to drugs and alcohol can be treated with compounded medications.

Fertility medications that cannot be found commercially can be created to treat these fertility issues and other fertility issues. Hormone replacement therapies can treat fertility problems related to low hormone production, and natural hormones are often used in compounding treatments. We also offer the benefit of being able to create a wide range of different routes of administration for fertility treatments such as oral capsules, topical gels, suppositories, injections, oral suspension, and other treatments as needed.

Multiple fertility treatments can be combined into one if necessary, and compounding pharmacies can create customized fertility dosages and unique methods of administration not available commercially. Drug compounding gives fertility doctors the versatility in treatment options to be able to pick the proper treatment for their patients.

Compounding fertility treatments

Progesterone is commonly prescribed for female patients in order to increase the chance of implantation of the embryo in the endometrium, and it is another treatment that is used as a part of an assisted reproductive technology program. Men commonly receive testosterone treatments to improve libido and treat sexual dysfunctions, and medications such as Cialis, Viagra, Levitra. Customized treatments with these medications and other medications can be created at a reasonable cost by The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills. Contact us today to learn more!