Women know that during menopause they will experience various symptoms, like mood swings and hot flashes. What they don’t know is that close to 40% of menopausal women will also experience significant hair loss. Often times it is not noticeable because women tend to lose their hair over a large area, instead of losing it in patches in one specific spot. Although your body’s hormonal imbalance is to blame, hormone replacement therapy is not effective in treating this condition or preventing future hair loss. However, there are changes you can enact in your life to combat this problem. Below we will explain Menopause hair loss and what to do about it.
The fluctuation of your hormone levels are directly to blame for the loss of hair you experience before, during and after menopause. High hormone levels, like when your pregnant, result in fuller, lustrous hair that is healthy and strong. The low hormone levels associated with menopause and depression leave you with unhealthy hair that falls out from the root. Also, when your estrogen levels drop the effects of androgens (male hormones) in your body are more pronounced. This can result in hair follicles producing weak, brittle hair that lessens over time until it produces no new hair.
In addition to hormone fluctuations, factors such as high stress levels, iron deficiencies, other hormonal imbalances such as thyroid problems and genetic factors can increase and exacerbate hair loss.
Common Mistakes That Can Worsen Hair loss During Menopause
There are things every woman can do to try to stop or lessen the amount of hair loss they experience:
oPay Attention- early detection is key to fighting hair loss. Many women don’t realize how much hair they are losing because they shed a little at a time. By the time they do notice they have lost a large amount of hair and many of their follicles may have stopped growing hair.
Follow Through With Your Treatment Plan – Many women start a treatment plan, then give up because they aren’t seeing results fast enough. Hair replacement therapy takes time to work. If you are not patient you will sabotage your chances for success.
Ways To Fight Hair Loss During Menopause
Consult your physician so you can use the treatment that is right for you. The most effective treatment plans usually focus on lifestyle changes with medical treatment being used only when absolutely necessary. This helps promote hair growth safely and effectively in a majority of women.
Lifestyle Changes: Lifestyle changes can be the simplest ones to make, but the hardest ones to stick to. Physicians prefer them over medicines because there is almost no health risks involved. In addition, lifestyle changes can result in improving your overall health, so it is the method that is used most often. You must exercise extreme discipline for this method to work, especially if you are not a healthy eater, since a balanced diet is a main component of this treatment. Diets must be changed so they have the proper amounts of vitamins B & C, iron and protein. If any of these are lacking your hair will be weak and fall out at a fast rate.
In addition it is important to exercise regularly and practice stress reduction techniques, like yoga. Exercise improves circulation, which promotes hair growth. Yoga or other forms of meditation can help relax your body, which stops it from attacking itself, causing problems like hair loss, among others. You should also restrict caffeine and alcohol: they fill your body with impurities and can deplete it of the essential vitamins needed to grow healthy hair.
Alternative Medicines: Herbs like Black Cohosh may be prescribed to fight hair loss, but studies are still inconclusive as to their effectiveness. Acupuncture and scalp massages may also be prescribed and have shown promise. these treatments stimulate the scalp and hair follicles, encouraging the growth of healthy hair.
Medical Treatments: Procedures, such as transplants and laser treatments, can be done in extreme cases, but only under the supervision of a qualified physician. These methods are effective, but as with any surgery they can be risky. They are usually done when significant hair loss and damage to the hair follicle have been done.
Hair loss during menopause can be managed and reversed with the right treatment. Unlike other conditions there is a cure: you must be vigilant and you must be willing to take a healthy approach to living to prevent this condition. As always, talk to your physician to make sure your following a treatment plan that works best for you.