What to do about hair loss during menopause

Hair loss among women is not uncommon, especially with a change in hormones, stress and nerves. Menopause can cause all three things to happen at once with hormonal changes inducing stress as well as the nervousness that can come with major changes in the body.

All women go through menopause at some point in their lives and with common age ranging between 40 and 50 years old. During this stage in a woman’s life, major physical changes happen in the body. Symptoms include hot flashes, mood swings, nerves, insomnia and hair loss. Although hair loss during this time can be subtle, it can play an emotional toll on a woman. During menopause, hair typically thins on the front, sides or top of the head. Hair loss is also most noticeable after showering and brushing as large clumps may fall out.

Hair loss is common during menopause because estrogen and progesterone levels are usually lower. Those are the hormones that play a huge role in hair growth. Once the body notices that estrogen and progesterone levels have decreased, an increased production of androgens develops. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is an androgen that is responsible for causing follicles to shrink and produce thinner, more brittle hair.

Extreme heat with blow drying, curling irons or straighteners can damage the hair because by drying it out. This can make the hair more brittle as well. Deep conditioning treatments once or twice a week can keep hair healthy and hydrated.

If you notice a significant amount of sudden hair loss be sure to see your primary care physician (PCP). Your PCP can prescribe medications that can help balance out your hormones. You may also be taking a medication that can cause hair loss as a side effect so be sure to speak with your physician about this possibility as well. Always talk to your doctor before discontinuing any medications.

Rogaine (minoxidil) is an over-the-counter topical medication that can help prevent and maintain hair loss. This topical medication does need to be used consistently to see results.

If you are experiencing moderate to severe hair loss, other options maybe be recommended. Popular treatment options include FUE or FUT hair transplantation. For a complimentary hair restoration consultation in Draper or Layton, please (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.

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