When a DHT Blocker Doesn’t Work, It May Be Stress

For women going bald, DHT blockers are not recommended.  They may be experiencing what is known as telogen effluvium, a condition caused by severe stress requiring anywhere from 6 to 12 months to undo.  Stress is defined as any circumstance that places a demand on one’s physical or mental energy forcing her to perform above their capacity.   Anyone experiencing a great deal of stress should seek ways to eliminate it before trying a DHT blocker.

Stress directly affects hair follicles by shutting them down.  Each person’s body has a self healing process that centers its focus on the body’s biggest problems.  During extreme stress, the brain tells the body that hair growth is not important right now as its other ailments.  The follicles are neglected allowing the hair to fall out.  This is known as telogen effluvium and commonly occurs when one deals with emotional issues.  Likewise, this is referred to as the “resting” or simply the telogen phase.

Women, more than men experience the telogen phase.  It can last anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks or even longer if not detected.

Common causes of stress that induce it may be:

  • Child birth
  • Death of a loved one
  • Major illness or surgery
  • Financial difficulties
  • Work related issues
  • Divorce

Just by looking at one’s hair, this is a sign of whether he or she is experiencing stress or not.  Healthy, bouncy, and shiny hair signifies happiness and serenity in one’s life.  On the other hand, one with dull, lifeless, and limp hair is more likely faced with a stressful lifestyle, one that’s hard to adapt to.  Women fitting this description may wake up mornings to find hair on their pillow.  Hence, using a DHT blocker is not advisable.

Does any form of stress cause this?  Not really.  Hair loss results from severe and persistent stress due to disappointment in ourselves or someone else.  It happens when either we or others fail to live up to our hopes or expectations.  Rather than “beating ourselves up”, we should lower our standards and not worry so much about what our peers may think of us.  Likewise, we should reduce or prevent forms of stress from entering our lives as in agreeing to take on demands that are too hard to meet or making new commitments we can’t handle.

Women experiencing hair loss should engage in exercise and leisure activities before opting for a DHT blocker.  Taking a DHT blocker, especially one formulated for male use, may make one sick, causing them to lose even more hair.   Likewise, it’s best that women seek professional therapy and advice on ways to eliminate and cope with stress rather than fighting it.

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