The most prevalent type of hair loss among women is female pattern thinning, known medically as Androgenetic Alopecia (genetic, diffuse hair loss). But there are many other reasons for women’s hair loss, including menopause-related hormonal imbalances, postpartum/ stress-related shedding, chemotherapy, and Alopecia Areata (spotty hair loss). Some hair loss is actually self-induced: The use of harsh chemical relaxers (Scarring Alopecia), or tight hair braiding (Traction Alopecia) can permanently damage the hair follicle.
Some prescription drugs also induce hair loss. In addition, between 4 million and 8 million women in America have varying degrees of trichotillomania (chronic hair pulling), an obsessive-compulsive disorder that can cause permanent damage to the hair follicle.
FACTS: In women, especially near menopause age as the ovary functions slow down then there can be more DHEA or androgens produced thus causing an increase in facial hair or hirsutism. As the woman begins to produce more androgens rather than estrogens she may begin to experience an increase in facial hair.
Progesterone cream can help restore a woman's hormone levels back to the proper levels, effectively reducing the amount of facial hair.
How does is work? When women are experiencing excessive or estrogen dominant symptoms such as fatigue, sleeplessness, hot flashes, irrability, and weight gain they may simultaneously be experiencing an increase in testosterone.
The natural progesterone cream is effective at restoring the balance of natural progesterone levels and opposing estrogen dominance effects such as facial hair growth.
Nearly 10 percent of adult women have noticeable facial hair, and what to do for it depends on what's causing it.
For many, it's a family trait. Their mothers and sisters have it.
For others, it comes from an overproduction of male hormones. Compared with men, women's production of male hormones is small, but it can exceed the normal limit. This condition can be pretty well diagnosed by having a blood test that measures the male hormone level.
In menopause the production of estrogen wanes, so the balance between female and male hormones tips in favor of male hormones. Facial hair is often the result.
As for treatments, eliminating the cause eliminates facial hair. When no treatable cause is found, a number of possibilities exist. Vaniqa is a prescription cream that retards hair growth. (as soon as you stop using Vaniqa, the hair grows back) The birth control pill can do the same. Spironolactone, a diuretic, has properties that diminish the action of male hormone on facial hair growth.