Menopause and Hair Loss

Is there a relationship between menopause and hair loss? 

A number of things can cause you to lose hair excessively. 

For example, a few months after a major surgery or illness, you could suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This is only a temporary loss of hair caused by stress of the illness. 

Hormonal imbalances may cause hair loss. You could lose hair if your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive. 

If male or female hormones (androgens and estrogens) are out of balance, this could cause hair loss. In this case, the hair loss could be stopped by correcting the hormonal imbalance. 

Hair loss is common in women about 3 months after giving birth. This hair loss is also related to hormone levels. During a women’s pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair you would normally lose. When the hormones finally return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again. 

Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. 

Menopause and Hair Loss

Some common medicines that cause hair loss are…

  • Blood thinners

  • Medicines used to treat gout

  • Medicines used in chemotherapy

  • Taking too much vitamin A

  • Birth control pills

  • Antidepressants

Hair loss may also be the sign of an underlying disease such as lupus or diabetes. 

Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated. 

A gradual loss or thinning of hair without any accompanying symptoms is common. 

Menopause and Hair Loss

Hair loss or thinning hair is a common menopause symptom. 

Sudden excessive hair loss can lower a woman's self esteem if not dealt with properly. 

Understanding the causes and factors of menopause and hair loss will help in a significant way. 

Hair loss is connected to estrogen deficiency since the hair follicles need estrogen. 

Hair loss is often the first symptom of menopause women notice because it is obvious. 

The most common cause of hair loss is low thyroid function which is also very common for women experiencing menopause. 

If you suspect you might have a hair loss related problem, you might look into soy isoflavones which have estrogenic effects. 

Using soy isoflavones without the risk of synthetic HRT have helped many women's hair thinning problems. 

When a woman consistently lacks ovulation, her body does not produce the hormone progesterone in any significant amount. 

The body attempts to compensate for the low amount of progesterone by increasing the adrenal glands production of a steroid hormone. The steroid hormone can exert androgenetic effects such as thinning of scalp hair in a genetic pattern, or excessive facial or body hair. 

Since hair growth is a slow process, it may take four to six months for the effects to become apparent. This can be corrected by using naturally compounded hormones

Other causes related to menopause and hair loss…

  • scalp/dermatological issues

  • changes in hormone levels (decrease or increase)

  • increased stress (physical or emotional)

  • various medications

  • increased testosterone

  • heredity

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