What causes excess hair?
There are four possibilities here, although the assumption is generally that the problem is high levels of male hormones or androgens.
- High levels of male hormones or androgens. Androgens include testosterone, DHEAs, DHT and androstenedione. Everyone produces these hormones, males just produce more than females. A family history of diabetes may provide a clue that this is where the problem lies.
- Low levels of the female hormones estradiol, estrone, or progesterone. Inadequate amounts of the female hormones will look like there is too much of the male hormones, since each of these hormones balances the others.
- Genetic or cultural tendancy. Certain cultures have a greater tendancy to have increased body or facial hair.
- High prolactin. Prolactin can inhibit ovulation, which would lead to lower progesterone levels. Lower progesterone (lack of a female hormone), can make it appear that there is an excess of the androgens.
What is the naturopathic treatment for excess hair?
While naturopathic treatment can help slow or halt the excessive facial or body hair growth, once stimulated the existing excessive hair will tend to continue to grow. With naturopathic treatment we can slow down regrowth and prevent new hair from growing. I recommend my patients utilize laser hair removal while using naturopathic treatment to slow or prevent regrowth.
Blood tests that may be helpful for excessive hair:
DHEAs, testosterone, androstenedione, DHT, estradiol, LH, FSH (day 3), progesterone (day 21), prolactin.