What You Need to Know About Hair Loss During Menopause
Hormonal fluctuations are responsible for hair loss during this time of life. Estrogen and progesterone keep hair in the growing phase, making it grow faster and stay on the head longer. When estrogen and progesterone levels decline, hair growth slows down and hair loss becomes more pronounced. Also, the body produces more androgens during perimenopause and menopause in response to the loss of estrogen and progesterone. Androgens shrink hair follicles, which causes hair loss on the head.
Female hair loss is a common condition, especially in the years surrounding menopause. It is estimated that over 50% of women experience hair loss. Age, diet, ethnicity, and genetic factors all influence your chances of experiencing hair loss throughout your life, including during and after menopause.
Because we lose hair every day regardless of age or health, it can be difficult to tell when the actual hair loss begins. But eventually, the signs are more noticeable. You may notice more hair than usual fall out on a daily basis — in your hairbrush, in the shower, or pillow. Or you may feel that your ponytail has become thinner. The part at the top of your head may get wider or become more wider as the hair thins. You may also see more breakage than usual.
While hair loss due to menopause will not reverse on its own, there are treatments that can help. From hormone replacement therapy to Minoxidil, Antiandrogens and Red Light Therapy, we can access your hair loss and recommend treatments for you.