A board-certified physician and leading international educator in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments says the hormones involved in hair growth are complicated, but asks if there is a “simple solution.”
Dr. Anil Rajani, MD, took to Instagram Tuesday, May 10, to discuss whether having sex can improve your hair.
The doctor says we know that sexual activity improves the skin’s health and sheen, and that it promotes the production of collagen and elastin, but less is known about its impact on hair health.
Dr. Rajani says no hair growth studies have yet been conducted that have involved giving patients estrogen.
What we do know, the doctor says, is that higher levels of estrogen keep the hair in its growth phase, and that pregnant women, who have high levels of estrogen, also have “beautiful golden locks,” and their hair grows.
“If you’ve been pregnant, you know this,” he says. “That’s the estrogen effect.”
A July 2020 study in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences notes that pregnancy is marked by “high levels of estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and growth factors.”
This affluence of certain hormones results in “increases in the hair growth, in the hair diameter, and [improvements in] the anagen/telogen ratio.”
In its anagen phase, hair is active and growing; in the telogen phase, it is resting.
“We do know that sexual activity improves skin, skin health, glow, promotes collagen and elastin production” the skincare expert says.
But will sexual activity also improve your hair?
“There’s so many beneficial factors, it doesn’t hurt to try,” he says.