Without the influence of estrogen on hair follicles, the effects of testosterone predominate and can cause hair loss. This is common, frustrating, and even devastating for women at a time that their bodies are changing."
Karen Clark, MD
Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner
Our thyroid gland controls the production of hormones and other proteins responsible for regulating our body’s metabolism. Any imbalance (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism) can impact hair growth. In addition, endocrine disorders such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS) can also cause hair loss.
Stress can cause hormonal imbalance and raise androgen levels resulting in hair loss. It can also disrupt sleep cycles and eating habits which can cause hair loss. Additionally, any dramatic loss of weight from extreme low-calorie diets prevents hair follicles from functioning normally and significantly impacts hair growth.
Vitamin B12 and iron both play an important role in helping our bodies produce hemoglobin, which carry oxygen to the cells that stimulate hair growth. Iron is essential for producing hair cell protein and is one of the most important minerals for our hair. Ferritin (our “stored iron”) extends our hair’s growing phase, allowing hair to reach its potential.