Menopause and Hair Loss

Did you realise that you could experience hair loss as a natural consequence of menopause?

Hair loss tends to be subtler in women than it is in men. Most women experience overall hair thinning rather than noticeable bald spots. The thinning can occur on the front, sides, or top of the head. Hair may also fall out in large clumps during brushing and showering.
Research suggests that hair loss during menopause is the result of a hormonal imbalance. Specifically, it’s related to a lowered production of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones help hair grow faster and stay on the head for longer periods of time. When the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner.
A decrease in these hormones also triggers an increase in the production of androgens or a group of male hormones. Androgens shrink hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on the head. In some cases, however, these hormones can cause more hair to grow on the face. This is why some menopausal women develop facial “peach fuzz” and small sprouts of hair on the chin.
So, what can you do about it?

  • Try and reduce stress in your life
  • Daily exercise
  • Maintain a healthy diet rich in fatty acids
  • Take a vitamin B6 supplement
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear bathing caps when swimming in chlorinated water
  • Use hair products containing natural ingredients
  • Discuss medications with your doctor

 

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