Other symptoms of hormonal hair loss are the changes associated with abnormal hormone levels. Hormones can affect your mood, energy levels, appetite, weight, and more. They can also contribute to conditions such as infertility, osteoporosis, and heart disease. If you suspect that your hair loss is due to high or low hormone levels, it's best to get a test.
There are a few different ways to check your hormone levels. Your doctor can order a hormone level test or a blood test for you. Blood tests are the most accurate way to measure hormone levels, but they are also the most expensive and invasive.
A blood test measures the levels of hormones in the blood and can be used to diagnose various conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, and growth disorders. The physician will check your estrogen, hormone, cortisol, and thyroid levels and see if they are abnormally high or low.
High estrogen and high testosterone could affect hair growth and production, and in women excessive testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is a sex hormone that affects the hair follicles’ structures and weakens their growth.
High cortisol levels indicate that the body is experiencing stress and anxiety, and is triggering its fight or flight response. In this case, the cortisol helps the body to face the stress, but it also induces hair loss and weight gain.
Hormonal imbalances are often treated with hormone replacement therapy, which involves taking medication to adjust the levels of hormones in the body. In some cases, lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, can also help to correct a hormonal imbalance.