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Can HRT make your hair thin?

15.10.2008 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS

 

Question

My hair has been getting thinner and thinner over the last few years since just before I had my hysterectomy.

My mother has wonderful thick hair so I don’t think it’s genetic.

I have been taking HRT for several years (Premarin tablets) and now for the last 4 months Tibilone and it is still getting thinner.

Could HRT be the cause of the thinning?

Answer

Thinning hair together with increased wrinkling and loss of skin tone is a common and normal feature for many women at the time of the menopause. Recent research has scientifically corroborated the popular idea that women taking HRT actually look younger when taking HRT because of the very effect that HRT has in improving the skin and hair at this time. The vast majority of menopausal women therefore find that the condition of their hair significantly improves when they take HRT rather than the other way around.

There are, however, a few women who have reported hair loss whilst taking HRT although these would be a very small minority. It is interesting that you have been switched from Premarin to Livial (Tibilone) because whilst the latter is a reasonable alternative to normal HRT and does not lead to a return to monthly periods, it does not contain oestrogen as such, and may therefore be less likely to improve the condition of your hair. Skin irritation is listed as a possible side effect of Tibilone and therefore perhaps you should review this prescription with your own doctor.

On a cosmetic note, having a semi-permanent colour will add shine and vitality and give a healthier looking frame to the face. A shorter hair cut makes it look healthier and thicker. Deeper richer colours will give hair the appearance of being thicker, so try to avoid blondes as they can make hair look thinner. Pump up the volume in flat hair by using self-grip rollers. Comb conditioner through your hair whilst it is wet and before you rinse. This way you will detangle the hair with the least amount of stress to the hair shaft and so avoid any unnecessary further hair loss.

Yours sincerely

The Medical Team

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FEMALE HAIR LOSS (ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA) RESULTS

03.10.2008 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

Androgenetic alopecia has a characteristic pattern of hair loss; it begins with a slight recession at the front hairline and is followed by thinning on the crown of the head.  This hair loss results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts the testosterone in the system into DHT or dihydrotestosterone.  The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be oversensitive to the DHT and become smaller and smaller with time, leading to the eventual hair loss.

AUGUST 2007 TO MARCH 2008

This Patient is using the prescribed treatments listed below:

Vitastim 15% Hair Regrowth Stimulant and Hair Loss Stabiliser
This stimulant is recommended to help stabilise hair loss and strengthen existing hair.  It is a natural hop-based solution that works as a vasodilator to increase blood circulation in the scalp and so enable healthy hair growth.

Biostim 15% Hair Regrowth Stimulant and Hair Loss Stabiliser
This stimulant contains a multi-vitamin complex to stimulate the hair follicles and increase hair cell production and proliferation.  It is also designed to prolong the hair growth cycle, promoting increased hair growth and density.

THIS COULD BE YOU IN 7 MONTHS

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FEMALE HAIR LOSS: (CASE STUDY) RESULTS

02.10.2008 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

Carole had been suffering from Psoriasis and Androgenetic Alopecia since August 2001. Carole started treatments with us in May 2007 and followed our recommendations. Here are her results.   

Psoriasis is characterised by the presence of red, raised patches covered by silvery-white scales, which is caused by an abnormally fast cell division rate in the epidermis layer of the skin and is a genetically determined disorder.  This condition often leads to increased shedding of hairs in the telogen (resting) phase of the hair cycle and some reduction in hair density.

Androgenetic alopecia in women is often linked to hormonal changes with the hair loss following events such as the menopause, childbirth, or as a result of stopping or starting oral contraceptive pills.  The hair loss is generally more uniform over the scalp than in the male counterpart, but also results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts the testosterone in the system into DHT or dihydrotestosterone.  The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be over sensitive to the DHT and become smaller and smaller with time, leading to the eventual hair loss.  

MAY 2007

JUNE 2007

AUGUST 2007

SEPTEMBER 2007

JANUARY 2008

FEBRUARY 2008

APRIL 2008

Carole is using the prescribed treatments listed below:

Vitastim Hair Regrowth Stimulant and Hair Loss Stabiliser
This stimulant is recommended to help stabilise hair loss and strengthen existing hair.  It is a natural hop-based solution that works as a vasodilator to increase blood circulation in the scalp and so enable healthy hair growth.  It also contains a multi-vitamin complex to help catalyse the process of conversion of amino acids into keratin hair cells and accelerate growth and diameter of the hair from the dermal papilla.

Biostim 15% Hair Regrowth Stimulant and Hair Loss Stabiliser
This stimulant contains a very effective, natural 5-alpha reductase inhibitor.  It reduces the amount of 5-alpha reductase in the scalp and thereby reduces the formation of DHT, stabilising hair loss and encouraging a healthy growth cycle.

Psoriaderm  Scalp Treatment
This lotion contains powerful keratolytic (scale-removing) agents to soften and remove compacted scaling and sebum from the hair and scalp.  Anti-pruritic agents reduce the irritation and erythema (redness), while antiseptic agents prevent secondary infection.  This lotion also contains additional cooling and emollient properties.

No.2 Cream
This scalp cream is formulated to loosen scale and flaking and to allow it to be removed by washing.  It also works to slow down the formation of skin cells that cause scale to form on the surface of the scalp.  The main active ingredients of this cream are salicylic acid and cade oil, which have excellent antiseptic and antimitotic properties.  It also contains modern antiseptics and fungicides that are highly effective but, unlike many other modern chemicals, will not aggravate the skin tissues, which can lead to further scale forming within a short time of it having been cleared.
 

No.3 Shampoo
This luxurious shampoo is a rich blend of evening primrose, honey, and wheat protein, combined to clean hair thoroughly and gently, removing the excess oil from the scalp without stripping it of the important oil within the scalp tissues.  This ensures that the scalp is clean, healthy and in perfect balance, and that the hair is in excellent condition.

No.6 Conditioner
This is a light conditioner containing evening primrose oil, jojoba oil and glycerine to aid the spread of natural oils over the surface of the hair and leave it feeling softer and more manageable.

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Female Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia) Results

26.09.2008 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

Androgenetic alopecia has a characteristic pattern of hair loss; it begins with a slight recession at the front hairline and is followed by thinning on the crown of the head.  This hair loss results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts the testosterone in the system into DHT or dihydrotestosterone.  The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be oversensitive to the DHT and become smaller and smaller with time, leading to the eventual hair loss.

Vitastim 15% Hair Regrowth Stimulant and Hair Loss Stabiliser
This stimulant is recommended to help stabilise hair loss and strengthen existing hair.  It is a natural hop-based solution that works as a vasodilator to increase blood circulation in the scalp and so enable healthy hair growth.

Follicle Builder 15% Hair Strengthener
This stimulant is formulated to increase cell metabolism and nutrient concentration at the hair root to increase hair cell production.  It also has the effect of extending the hair growth cycle, improving overall hair density.

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FEMALE HAIR LOSS RESULTS

17.09.2008 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

This 23 year old women started treatment with us in April this year. She is diagnosed as suffering with Androgenetic Alopecia or Female Pattern Hair Baldness.

Androgenetic alopecia has a characteristic pattern of hair loss; it begins with a slight recession at the front hairline and is followed by thinning on the crown of the head.  This hair loss results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts the testosterone in the system into DHT or dihydrotestosterone.  The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be oversensitive to the DHT and become smaller and smaller with time, leading to the eventual hair loss.

Charlene is using the prescribed treatments listed below:

Vitastim 15% Hair Regrowth Stimulant and Hair Loss Stabiliser
This stimulant is recommended to help stabilise hair loss and strengthen existing hair.  It is a natural hop-based solution that works as a vasodilator to increase blood circulation in the scalp and so enable healthy hair growth.

Biostim 15% Hair Regrowth Stimulant and Hair Loss Stabiliser
This stimulant contains a multi-vitamin complex to stimulate the hair follicles and increase hair cell production and proliferation.  It is also designed to prolong the hair growth cycle, promoting increased hair growth and density.

Do you have Hair Loss Problems, read our Hair Loss Help

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