Menopause and Hair Loss


Menopause is one of the most common causes of female hair loss and one of the least happily endured symptoms. Female hair loss can be pretty devastating to any woman in today’s modern society, which emphasizes the importance of an attractive hairdo. Just think about the thriving multi-billion dollar in the hair care industry and the numerous advertisements on shampoo, styling products and hair loss treatments.

Like childbirth, menopause is a natural occurring state for women and the changes manifested in the body can be traumatic. Women begin menopause between the ages of 30 and 70, with most beginning between the mid-40s and mid-50s. However, menopause can occur unnaturally, that is, after surgery or medical treatment. In this case, the symptoms may be much more severe and female hair loss is much more likely.

Female hair loss is not a guaranteed symptom of menopause. It is less common than, for example, hot flashes and mood changes. Women experience female hair loss to varying degrees and some don’t experience at all.

What causes hair loss during menopause?

Exactly what causes hair loss is still not clear. But many experts have said that the most common cause is androgenetic alopecia or genetic balding. This refers to a genetic process whereby individual hair follicles metabolizes the sex hormone testosterone. Menopausal women experiencing hair loss experience a higher rate of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. It is the effect of DHT on hair follicles that results in hair loss.

In the same respect, women who have abnormally high levels of male sex hormones can also experience thinning of scalp hair. Signs that these women display include plenty of body and facial hair, abnormal menstrual patterns and enlarged clitoris.

In addition, factors like anemia, thyroid disorders, fungal infections and stressful life situations can cause hair loss in menopausal women.

If you noticed hair loss months after menopause, is it still related?

In the same way,  female hair loss shows itself as a manifestation about three months after the originating cause begins, so too does female hair loss take about three months to show the effects of treatment.

In the same way, estrogen-containing treatments like soy isoflavones or hormone replace therapies will need to be implemented for about three months before you can determine whether or not it’s working for you.

Tips to deal with hair loss during menopause :
  • Keep in mind that hair loss can be managed. Physicians resort to natural therapies such as nutrients and iron supplementation. they will also asses your hormone levels and provide treatment accordingly.
  • The hormonal imbalance associated with hair loss involves the balance of both male and female hormones in the body. Depending on which hormones are deficient, the pattern of hair loss will differ.
  • Local application of medications such as minoxidil may aid in solving the problem
  • Keeping your hair natural, without applying heat or chemicals is imperative in preventing further loss

Remember: A proper evaluation by a professional for causes of hair loss is necessary to determine the underlying medical conditions and an appropriate course of treatment that helps control the condition.


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