Menopause and Hair Loss

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 05, 2012

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Menopause and hair loss

In different stages of life women lose hair for various reasons. Experts are of view that hair loss is a common problem experienced by one-third of menopausal women. However the good news is that there have been many cases of re-growth of hair in perimenopausal women who experienced hair loss or hair thinning. This is when the hormonal level becomes balanced that the hair comes back.


Hair Loss in Menopausal Women

Hair loss in menopause can be traumatic and embarrassing. The main reason for hair loss is low thyroid functioning, which is a common problem in menopausal women. The average cycle of hair growth is shortened at the time of menopause. The problem even gets worst in women who have history of medical condition known as androgenetic alopecia. Here the women get more vulnerable to extended hair loss.

Lack of ovulation in menopause decreases the progesterone levels and increases the androstenedione level in women. As a result, the female hormone levels can lead to bald patch rather than simple thinning of hair.

However, on increasing the progesterone levels  (by additional supplements) the androstenedione levels goes down and help the hair to come back to their normal growth cycle. You can also get natural progesterone in the forms of cream that are organically made from plants and can be easily applied by spreading all over the scalp.


Menopause and Hair Loss: When to Call a Doctor

If hair fall is accompanied by irritation, inflammation and itching then you must immediately consult a health - care expert. Some of the warning signs include alopecia areata, lupus, thyroid disease, tumors of the ovary, syphilis or tinea capitis.


Menopause and Hair Loss: How to Cope

Since hair loss can be upsetting it is important to learn about the coping strategies. When a women face problem of hair loss she must consult her doctor to find out an effective treatment option. There are many support groups that offer comfort and additional information related to hair loss. The best thing about such places is that you get to meet people who are experiencing the same problem like you.


Menopause and Hair Loss: Treatment

Some of the treatment options for hair loss during menopause include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy: Hormone replacement therapy increase estrogen levels to eliminate the symptoms of menopause including slowing down hair loss.
  • Minoxidil: Minoxidil is a topical solution that can be purchased over the counter. It stops hair loss and also increases hair growth.


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