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Reversing Female Hair Loss

Christmas can indeed make you want to tear your hair out with all the stress and pressure that can accompany this time of year. But hair loss is no joking matter with millions of women being affected and suffering the physical and emotional distress that can accompany it.

Dr David Jockers

Low progesterone levels means the body responds by increasing its production of adrenal cortical hormones some of which convey some androgenic (male like) properties such as male pattern hair loss.  When progesterone levels are raised through supplementation the adrenal cortical hormones levels will gradually fall and normal hair growth eventually resume, though this an take 4-6 months for the effects to be apparent.

The Hormone Connection

David Jockers shares his thoughts here on this increasing phenomenon:

The latest research has shown that hormones seem to be the major player in this embarrassing condition.  Fortunately, there are solutions in both nature and nurture that support hormone balance and a return to normal function.

While classic baldness has always been associated with men what has become increasingly more common today is the “female pattern” hair loss.  Women rarely lose hair to the extreme that men do, however, many experience a significant reduction in the diameter of the hair shaft leading to an overall hair thinning.  This pattern most often develops around the onset of menopause.  Before menopause 13% of women experience hair thinning compared to 37% that experience this after menopause.

Women have a critical balance of 3 major sex hormones: progesterone, estrogen, & testosterone (androgens).  When women stop ovulating at the onset of menopause there are fluctuations of the various hormones.  For many women this process can become extreme.  Research has shown that lifestyle plays a significant role in the regulation of these hormones and the effects of middle-age hormonal fluctuations.

The major hormone involved in hair loss is called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the result of testosterone being in contact with the enzyme 5-alpha reductase which is found in the skin and scalp.  When DHT is present it interacts with the hair follicles cell membrane receptor and disrupts the process of hair growth.  This process is called androgen alopecia and is caused by excessive androgenic hormones coupled with high levels of oxidative stress.

Other Factors In Hair Loss

Several researchers have reported a correlation between excessive sebum in the scalp and hair loss. Excessive sebum often accompanying thinning hair is attributed to systemic inflammatory conditions in the body and an enlargement of the sebaceous gland. The researchers believed excessive inflammation into the sebum causes a high level of 5-alpha reductase which clogs pores and further increases inflammatory processes.

Several factors are critical for reducing inflammatory conditions in the hair follicle.  The first step is to inhibit the excessive androgenic hormone formation.   Saw Palmetto is a very effective anti-androgen that blocks the cell membranes from absorbing high levels of DHT.   This helps balance hormones in the body.  Other DHT inhibiting nutrients include green tea extract and systemic enzymes.

The second step is to enhance intracellular anti-oxidant stores with glutathione boosting sources. Boosting glutathione within the cell protects the scalp and follicle mitochondria from oxidative stress.   Low glutathione increases a molecule called Protein Kinase C which accelerates the loss of hair follicles.  Major anti-oxidant sources that boost glutathione include N-Acetyle Cysteine, Inositol, Lutein, Quercetin, Resveratrol, Grape Seed Extract, & Zeaxanthin.

Cytokines serve as molecular messengers that regulate different inflammatory processes.   One particular pro-inflammatory cytokine is TNF-a.  When TNF-a is over-secreted in the sebaceous gland and hair follicles it causes rapid inflammation and hair loss.  Low vitamin-D and improper Omega 6:3 ratios within the cell can lead to increased TNF-a and elevated inflammatory pathways.  Certain nutrients act specifically on the TNF-a pathway including Curcumin, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Stinging Nettle Extract, Green Tea Extract, Fish Oil, & Borage Oil/Evening Primrose Oil, and systemic enzymes.

What You Can Do

If you have been losing hair you should immediately begin implementing an anti-oxidant rich diet, get regular exercise, maintain low stress levels and ensure you have good levels of natural progesterone to draw on.

Utilize high doses of anti-inflammatory based herbs such as turmeric, ginger, and dandelion.  Reduce or eliminate sugar and grain consumption.  Incorporate healthy fats and use only grass-fed and free range meat products.  Consider a super-anti-oxidant supplement that contains an assortment of many of the above mentioned nutrients

David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is a chiropractor, exercise physiologist and natural health specialist. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition and exercise, and structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information go to

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AnnA Rushton | 7:20 pm, September 18th, 2017

As far as we are aware vitamin E will not help hair growth, but progesterone does so try Serenity or consult your local clinic.

raji | 1:15 pm, September 18th, 2017

I am very happy about reading this article. I tried a Vitamin E tablet for my hair loss problem. Is it fine or I want to get a consultation from the best Hair Clinic in Chennai

AnnA Rushton | 5:31 pm, September 14th, 2017

Lisa we can’t on your use of products please email for individual help with your symptoms.

Lisa mizrany | 3:48 am, September 14th, 2017

Hello my hair has been thinning 7 years I get a tickle sensation on my scalp I started using progesterone cream and it started getting better , I then started using progesterone oil and a dht pill. It’s reverting back I don’t know if it’s the oil or the dht or if something else is going on. It’s more than I take please advise.

AnnA Rushton | 11:54 am, July 11th, 2017

You can use Serenity Melinda which is a progesterone cream to help with hair loss.

Melinda peters | 2:02 pm, July 10th, 2017

I’m a female 38 yes old I have thinning hair my endocrinologist dr said I have low progesterone and low estrogen levels but he said that’s normal as I get older but he did not prescribe me anything to help with the hair loss what should I do

AnnA Rushton | 6:44 pm, March 9th, 2017

Janis Premarin is the brand name for an oestrogen medication that consists of conjugated estrogens isolated from the urine of pregnant mares and is a form of HRT. High cortisol can mean increased weight and oestrogen may not assist with that so you may need to speak to your doctor again to see exactly why they want to put you on Premarin. Hair loss can be related to low progesterone levels so supplementing with Serenity may assist this, as it can with weight loss, but because of your medical condition we do suggest you speak to your doctor about this.

Janis Lovullo | 10:49 pm, March 8th, 2017

I have high cortisol levels,I’m 65 year old female and I have a lot of hair loss and I found out yesterday that my cortisol levels were high. My doctor wants to put me on bioidentical something like Premarin no estrogen do you think that’s a good idea, or what else would you suggest I take for high cortisol levels to lower them

AnnA Rushton | 4:37 pm, November 27th, 2016

Shalini progesterone tablets act differently from bioidentical progesterone creams so please speak to your GP or who prescribed these for you. Bioidentical progesterone can help with hormonal hair loss so this article may be helpful:

Shalini | 4:11 pm, November 25th, 2016

I am taking progesterone tablet since 6 months for the treatment of endometriosis.I have seen thinning hair at the top of head.Is the baldness caused by hormonal disturbances revert back to their normal condition when we stop progesterone intake.Pls reply.

Janis Lovullo | 8:23 am, October 25th, 2016

thank you so much for all this important information, I’ve been losing my hair for over a year I’m considering bioidentical, but your whole entire website explained the possibilities and losing hair.
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AnnA Rushton | 8:28 am, May 2nd, 2016

Dr Jockers is not available to answer comments, but this article will give you more information on what foods and dietary elements to include such as oily fish as the Omega 3 oils are helpful for hair such as are found in evening primrose oil. T

Janell | 7:48 pm, May 1st, 2016

What is the healthy oils you want us to take?

Fivr | 6:54 pm, May 30th, 2015

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AnnA Rushton | 9:20 am, March 17th, 2015

Hormonal changes do affect hair loss and is often linked to low progesterone and increased testosterone production so rebalancing with bioidentical progesterone will be helpful and is also heart protective. See the article below:

AnnA Rushton | 12:04 pm, March 9th, 2015

For female hair loss Natalia progesterone (Serenity) is recommended but saw palmetto is not suggested in the article so we can’t advise on that. This article by Dr David Jockers may also be helpful:

Natalia | 12:47 am, March 9th, 2015

This made for interesting read. I’m 33 and have experienced a gradual habit loss over last 12 years ..although I don’t have a wide parting I have lost hair volume. I noticed my hair was thicker seemingly when I was on the contraceptive Dianett some years ago but had to stop as I got a blood clot. My hair is much thinner than it used to be but has been fairly stable over last 4 years. I can’t taken hormones due to the potential for forming a clot. I have had my hormones tested with GP etc and everything appears normal with no clear excess androgen. I’m keen to try saw plamentto as I feel the blocking of DHT could benefit me although I’m concerned if the potential impact of this particularly with its known influences on effecting oestrogen levels when mine appear to be normal. I believe my hair is sensitive to hormone changes and stress and possibly sensitive to normal levels of DHT in my it worth trying this product palmetto ..? Do u have any further advice.

many thanks.


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AnnA Rushton | 10:54 am, June 21st, 2012

No REbecca we are not saying it can help with hair thinning as there is no research or evidence for that that we have seen. However, we have had women report to us that they have seen improvement in their hair texture and thickness when using bioidentical progesterone cream.

Rebecca | 9:27 pm, June 19th, 2012

Are you saying that wellsprings can help with hair thinning in women?

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