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As some women get older, they suddenly start having problems with their hair thinning or actually losing it. A woman's hair can be such a personal part of the way she sees herself. The final straw that's sent many women into my practice was them seeing more and more of their hair in their brush every week. Some of this is a natural part of aging but oftentimes it's very premature. Two of the major causes can be stress or progesterone levels.

The irony here is that one of these causes can directly increase the likelihood of the second cause. Sustained or reoccurring stress exhausts the adrenal glands, which then directly lower the progesterone levels.  

Low progesterone levels can also be from having “estrogen dominance“. This can increase androgens, which are the male side of the hormones. This higher level of hormones can cause the natural hair loss that is more commonly associated with males. This can be confusing because most women know that as they age, their estrogen levels go down. But what they don't know is that, relatively speaking, their progesterone levels can drop even more. So they end up with something called "estrogen dominance".

That estrogen dominance can be for a variety of reasons.
Estrogen in Birth Control pills
Estrogens in skin creams and beauty products.
Xenoestrogens; which come mainly from items made with petrochemicals. These can be in the air, your water, food and more hair and beauty products. Pesticides and herbicides, growth hormones fed to fatten up animals, as well as plastics and PCBs contain them also. These mimic real estrogens, are highly fat-soluble and not very biodegradable. So they accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals and humans, are hard to excrete and are taken up by the estrogen receptor sites in the body. They then interfere with your body's natural biochemistry. Too much estrogen can be dangerous to your health.

The resulting low progesterone in this estrogen dominance can bring on a lot of symptoms that women may see as "normal" because so many woman have them; weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, water retention, breast tenderness, infertility, low blood sugar, uncontrollable weight gain and vaginal dryness. Unfortunately these are "typical" but certainly aren't "normal". A saliva test will show what the levels of your adrenals and hormones are and if they're exhausted or out of balance. You can then take safer kinds of hormones and hormone precursors, natural supplements and a different diet to balance those levels. Keep more hair on your head and less on your brush.
I treat patients from all over the United States so if you have any questions, contact me @ www.drmichaelmadden.net

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      Anne E wrote May 28, 2010
    • thanks for the info



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      Denise Richardson wrote Jun 1, 2010
    • heartThanks for the info. I have noticed some thinning in my top but nothing too drastic, and has since going through Menopause that I’ve lost all the underarm hair and the fine hairs that were on my toes, knuckles, and on my legs. Well at least I don’t have to worry about shaving lol.happy



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      Veggie wrote Jun 1, 2010
    • Ha!  I WISH my armpits would go bald!  Could throw my legs in there for good measure, too.

      My hairline has been thinning also since going through the change.

      My aunt had a lot of thinning on the top.  Always concerned that I would follow tongue out  Hope not.  However my father (her brother) had a thick, dark head till the day he died.  Even looked like he dyed.  Don’t know for sure but I don’t think he did.



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Jun 1, 2010
    • Great info. it explains a lot!hearthappy



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      Anna Cabeca, D.O., FACOG, ABAARM wrote Jun 1, 2010
    • Excellent information and hair loss is certainly a crisis for women!  Balancing hormones and controlling stress are the first steps to take.
      I have had great success with the following supplements as well to decrease the inflammation, improve circulation, and stop the conversion to the potent dihydrotestosterone which can cause the male pattern hairloss.
      Products:
      Mighty Maca Greens
      N.O. Max (an arginine alpha ketoglutarate supplement)
      and Pura Testo Libido

      I  have had excellent results with this triad.



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      Tracy Lynn Brown wrote Jun 1, 2010
    • Very informative, thankfully so far thats a problem i dont have, to much hair. But my mom does and its so tramatic for a woman.



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      Cuddlz wrote Jun 1, 2010
    • Thanks for the info. Explains a lot.



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      Mary Clark wrote Jun 1, 2010
    • Thanks for the info!  I have yet to really lose any of my hair other than the normal loss and I have a lot of hair to lose.
      If I lose mine...I’ll just get a wig....estatic



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 3, 2010
    • Well that certainly answers my question. I assumed my hair loss had something to do with this. I’m losing it but I’m not thinning yettongue out



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      Dif wrote Jun 3, 2010
    • They just don’t prepare women for hair loss as well as they should. We just don’t see it coming the way men do.



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      1smokinmama wrote Jun 13, 2010
    • How absolutely disheartening as a woman to lose your hair!!  It’s amazing how much I keep running across the connection between issues like hypothyroidism/adrenal fatigue, low progesterone, and toxins/chemicals in our food and the physical symptoms that are beginning to manifest as a result.  Just started watching an eye-opening bombshell film called, “Food, Inc.” (see YouTube) which addresses the hidden consequences of America’s cheap fast food, which in reality extracts a HUGE price in terms of our long-term health.  Thanks for the info.  I keep thinking I need some progesterone cream to protect myself from some of these things.



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      Anonymous wrote Jun 18, 2010
    • I have had a huge amount of hair loss, have had hair transplants and am now seeing a dermatologist who is known for treating this problem. I’ve also developed allergies in the past few years.  All of this has occurred since menopause. I used to suffer from hypothyroidism - but I’ve been treated.  My adrenals certainly are exhausted - combination stress and caffeine.  But I’m wondering if there are specific environmental toxins that I should also be aware of?



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Jun 21, 2010
    • Sorry to hear about your hair problems. Be very careful with any hair products and beauty products in general. So many of them have high amounts of xenoestrogens. Spend a little more for truly organic products. If your adrenals are exhausted, it won’t make much difference what products you do or don’t use. You have to fix them as a foundation for so many underlying health problems.



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