Hair loss can happen to both men and women at any point in their life and it can happen for a number of different reasons. There are many different causes and factors in hair loss, it could be related to ageing, stress, or a change in hormones.
For women, your hormones can change significantly during different times in your life such as when you age, during and after pregnancy and when going through the menopause. Today we’re focusing on the hormone progesterone and how a change in this can affect your hair.
Progesterone is a natural steroid and sex hormone that is produced within both female and male bodies. Progesterone plays a more significant role in females and is present in larger quantities. It is typically produced by the ovaries at the end of the menstrual cycle, This helps to keep the cycle in order and leads to the production of estrogen and cortisone.
A lack of progesterone can lead to a variety of health issues and can also contribute to hair loss. Progesterone is a natural inhibitor of 5-alpha-reducrase. This is an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT. DHT is one of the main causes of pattern hair loss for both men and women.
If you have little to no progesterone, 5AR is able to easily convert, meaning more DHT is produced triggering further hair thinning and loss.