Hair loss is pretty common in women with menopause. Even the symptoms may start to appear when they are going into perimenopause (the phase prior to menopause). Treatment is not always necessary, which also varies from woman to woman. While some choose to ignore the problem and choose non-medical intervention options (e.g. considering new haircuts, wearing a hat or wig) – others do believe that they will feel much better if they treat the problem.
The common early symptoms of menopause include; (a) your regular periods that begins to become irregular, (b) a warmth sensation (sudden feeling of warmth) that typically occurs over the chest, face, and neck – this symptom is familiar called ‘hot flashes’, (c) excessive sweating at night, (d) changes of mood, (e) decreased breast fullness, and (f) thinning hair.
Although hair loss is commonly considered as a sign of menopause in women over 40-45s, some experts say that it is actually not necessarily directly associated to menopause.
But since androgenic alopecia (a common hair loss affecting women) is more common in seniors, thinning hair and menopause are also often found together. Androgenic alopecia usually has to do with a genetic trait.
As well we know, menopause is a normal part of woman’s life cycle. It signals the end stage of childbearing age. Therefore, there will be a lot of hormonal changes, affecting many parts of the body including hair follicles.
A dramatic change of hormones during menopause may be the main culprit. Other factors may also have a role.
Women who are going through their menopause are also relatively easier to experience stress. This stress and other factors that may provoke hair loss. See also the link between stress and thinning hair in here!
Menopause may also affect the balance of your appetite. As a result, you are at greater chance of having lack of specific essential nutrients for hair growth.
The answer varies from woman to woman but the most important thing is to make sure that the problem has nothing to do with something else! The underlying cause will play a role on the prognosis and outlook of your hair regrowth.
Each crucial phase of a woman’s life such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause involves a lot of changes of hormones. The good news, all these changes will usually end with a balance.
So, if your hair loss problem is caused by hormonal changes due to your menopause, it should improve naturally once you get back the balance of your hormones.
However, your hair may not back as full as before, but at least the hair loss decreases gradually as your body gets back to its balance. But if there is a genetic trait or certain medical problem behind the problem, your hair loss may persist – in such case, medical intervention may be necessary.
See also other causes of female thinning hair!
There are some helpful options to help deal with hair loss during menopause. Depending on your situation, the following lifestyle measures would help a lot.
As noted before, you need to eat plenty of nutrients to make sure that the hair follicles can grow as best as possible. These nutrients include proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
For in-depth information about the most significant essential nutrients to help promote hair growth, read this previous article!
They are bad for the performance of your insulin. As well we know, simple carbohydrates are bad for blood sugar control. They can impair the performance of your insulin, increasing the risk of insulin sensitivity.
Diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates would take a serious toll on your cardiovascular system. Also, this may have a role to increase the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), an androgen that is often associated with pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia).