There are many reasons for hair loss. While many blame their genes or stress for a bald head, the actual reason may be quite different. Hormonal deficiency can also be a probable cause. The condition is known as hypopituitarism, which means the decreased secretion of hormones. While many alternative methods are available, the last resort may be the hair transplant surgery.
Hypopituitarism-have you heard of it?
Hypopituitarism is a condition which affects the pituitary gland which results in the secretion of a decreased amount of hormones. This resulting hormonal imbalance leads to changes in the growth pattern of hair. In case the deficient secretion is related to only one hormone is less, then the condition is known as Hypopituitarism. If the secretion of almost or all of the eight hormones is less, then the condition is known as panhypopituitarism.
What Causes Hypopituitarism?
The most common causes of hypopituitarism are
- Presence of Brain tumours
- The occurrence of head and/or brain injuries
- Caused due to a side effect of brain surgery
- The side effect of a Radiation therapy
- Due to Congenital defects
- Presence of infections in the Brain
- Presence of tumors in the Pituitary gland
- Significant blood loss during childbirth
What are the Signs of Hypopituitarism?
Hypopituitarism is quite difficult to detect in many cases. It may exist undiagnosed for years. Some symptoms of hypopituitarism are as follows-
- Balding of the scalp
- Loss of hair on other parts of the body
- Unexplained Weight loss
- Feeling of Fatigue
- Fertility Issues
- Anaemia or deficiency of iron
- Irregular periods
- Low libido
If you experience any symptoms like these, it is better that you talk to your doctor. Further testing will indicate whether you suffer from hypopituitarism, panhypopituitarism or something else.
Treatments for Hypopituitarism
The most preferred treatment for hypopituitarism is hormone replacement therapy. The deficient hormone or hormones can be identified during the diagnosis. The injections for the treatment can be administered as required. Medication can also be used to restore the hair. The medications can be discussed with the medical practitioner.
Is hair restoration the only solution for hypopituitarism?
Since the reason for hair loss is a hormone deficiency, hormone replacement therapy will promote hair regrowth due to the normalization of the body’s hormone levels. Hair transplant surgery in the form of follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit extraction (FUT) may not be the only solution. Medications such as Rogaine or Propecia may be enough to treat the condition.