Hair loss is pretty common in women with menopause. Even some experience thinning hair when they are going into perimenopause (the phase prior to menopause). The decision of taking medical intervention to treat this part of normal aging varies from woman to woman. While some choose to ignore their thinning hair and use non-medical intervention options such as by using a hairpiece, a hat, or a weave – others do believe that they will feel much better if they treat the problem.
The common early symptoms of menopause can 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 when you sleep without known reason, (d) changes of mood, (e) decreased level of metabolism – this can increase your risk of having weight gain, (f) decreased breast fullness, and (g) thinning hair.
Though hair loss is commonly considered as a sign of menopause in women over 40-45s, but some experts say that it is actually not necessarily directly associated to menopause.
But since the number of androgenic alopecia (pattern baldness that can occur both in women and men) are more common in seniors, thinning hair and menopause are also often found together. Androgenic alopecia is typically triggered by hormonal changes or a genetic trait.
As well we know, menopause is a normal part of a life cycle in women. It signals that women will end their childbearing age. In other words, it is generally characterized by the permanent end of a woman’s menstruation & fertility. Therefore, there will be a lot of hormone changes and this can be potential to affect the health of hair follicles which then will make your hair easily to fall out.
Does it only occur due to hormonal changes? The drastically changes of hormones during menopause may be the most significant factor that trigger hair loss in women during menopause.
But in fact, women who are going through their menopause are also relatively easier to experience stress and other factors that can be a great combination to decrease the strength of the hair follicles. 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.
Not all women who are going to menopause experience noticeable symptoms. But most of women know that they are experiencing menopause and also experiencing some symptoms in this phase. If you feel that some of those symptoms are very bothersome, consult more with your GP /doctor!
The answer varies from woman to woman but the most important thing is you need to know clearly the cause or reason behind your thinning hair. The cause of female thinning hair can significantly affect the outlook and prognosis. It also will determine the action you should take to treat the problem.
Each crucial phase of a woman’s life such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause involves a lot of changes of hormones. But all of them eventually end with the balance.
In other words, your hormones get to its balance in the end of all of those phases – though the end of each phase has different goal. So, if your hair loss problem is caused by hormonal changes due to your menopause, it should go naturally once you get back the balance of your hormones in the post menopause.
However, your hair may not back as full as before, but at least the hair loss decreases gradually. But if there is a genetic trait or certain medical problem behind the problem, your hair loss may persist – for this case, medical intervention is often needed. See also other causes of female thinning hair!
There are some helpful options to prevent, improve, and stop hair loss during menopause. And the following are some of them!
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 can include proteins, vitamins, and minerals. For in-depth information about the most significant essential nutrients to help and promote hair growth, read this previous article!
Excessive consumption of this kind of carbohydrates is bad for the performance of your insulin. As well we know, simple carbohydrates can directly increase the amounts of sugar /glucose in the blood. To respond this situation, the body can produce more insulin to keep the level of blood sugar as normal as possible.
But if it occurs too often, this is not only bad for your blood sugar metabolism but also indirectly triggers the higher production of DHT (androgen dihydrotestosterone). And having too much DHT means the greater chance of losing more hair.