A person generally sheds 50-100 hair each day as a part of a normal process. These hair are later replaced with newer ones and no serious hair loss is experienced. The problem generally starts when more than normal strands are being lost on a long term basis. Men can lose most of the hair on the head while women can undergo significant thinning.

Hormonal imbalance can play a big role in hair loss in both men and women. There are certain effects that various hormones can have on the hair when they are being produced in the wrong quantities by the body. We shall look into these to understand the role of hormonal imbalance in hair loss.



It is a very important hormone for the body as it regulates metabolism. When the thyroid hormone is imbalanced, the body transfers its energies for the correction of this critical function. Non-critical processes, including the growth of hair, are affected as a result of this and hair thinning can be a result. This especially affects people in advanced years in age.


Insulin plays a critical role in our body since it regulates the blood sugar levels. People who develop insulin resistance often end up with diabetes. It also has other important factors including looking after heart’s health, fat storage in the body and hair growth. A study in Europe has found that women that may develop resistance to insulin are at a greater risk of developing Androgenic Alopecia which is commonly referred to as female pattern baldness in women.


Testosterone is the manly hormone associated with them being big and hairy. When this hormone is present in large amounts in women, it can end up adding hair to face and chest which is certainly not desired. Furthermore, it causes thinning on the scalp of women as well.


Estrogen is a very important hormone in women as it performs many functions including stabilizing the mood, giving energy boost and maintaining a healthy sex drive. However, when the estrogen levels are not proper, it can lead to hair thinning. Its levels can be varied by a number of factors including toxicity due to exposure to endocrine disruptors, weight gain and perimenopause. Estrogen levels fluctuate greatly during pregnancy as well which can cause hair thinning in women.

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