Menopause and Hair Loss – Find The Connection!

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Hair Loss overview

Every person who has hair loses some of it every single day. Losing 50 to 100 hairs in one day is considered normal because the hair is quickly replaced by newly growing hair. However, if you lose* more hair than you are able to replace, then you may have a hair loss problem. For men, this could mean that you may have bald spots on your head. Women who suffer from hair loss usually find that the hair at the top of their heads is thinning. Hair loss may be hereditary, or it may be caused by medicines or certain diseases.

There are 5 types of hair loss experienced by women:-

  • Traction Alopecia – If the hair is subjected to harsh hairstyles that put it under extreme stress, then this type of hair loss can occur
  • Telogen Effluvium – This hair loss occurs when a women is under intense stress or malnutrition. Within a few months she experiences massive hair loss or shedding of hair
  • Androgenic Alopecia – This hair loss is caused by lower hormones in the body and usually affects women in menopause. It is characterized by thinning all over the head, and eventually a bald spot develops at the top of the head
  • Trichotillomania – This hair loss occurs when a woman has an obsessive compulsive disorder that causes her to pull her own hair out. This is usually common during the teenage years, but menopausal anxiety can also trigger this
  • Alopecia Areata – This occurs when the hair loss occurs in patches or spots. It is believed that the body develops an autoimmune disease where it attacks hair follicles, causing massive hair loss

Symptoms Of Hair Loss

There are various symptoms that indicate that hair loss is occurring during menopause. When you wash your hair, it may fall out in large clumps. This will also happen when you comb or brush the hair as large clumps will be left on the comb or brush. With time, there will appear small bald patches on the scalp. The scalp itself may become red and oily. It may also become itchy. There may be a noticeable thinning of hair, especially in the front of the head, the top or the sides.

Causes Of Hair Loss

  • Hormonal Causes: With menopausal women, the primary cause of hair loss is usually hormonal. The hormone in the female body involved in hair growth is estrogen. Estrogen helps the hair to grow faster and remain on the head for a longer period of time. Without it, hair grows slower and falls off the head sooner
  • Medical Causes: There are various medical problems that can lead to hair loss in women. Pregnancy, pituitary problems and thyroid disorders all affect hormone production and lead to hair loss in that way. Chemotherapy can also lead to hair loss, as can anemia and scarlet fever. A number of other chronic illnesses can also lead to hair loss
  • Psychological Causes: A psychological imbalance can be severe enough to lead to hair loss. For example anxiety and emotional stress can cause hair to fall out before time. A traumatic event can also lead to hair loss. Eating disorders may mean that the person has malnutrition, and this, as has already been mentioned, can lead to hair loss

Menopause And Hair Loss

Women in menopause experience a wide range of symptoms that make it difficult to live a quality life. If hair loss is added to this list of symptoms, it can be quite distressing for a woman. This will change the way she looks, thereby damaging her confidence during a time when she is going through drastic life changes. It is important, therefore, that a menopausal woman is informed about this problem so that she can seek advice and treatment.

What Causes Hair Loss For Some Menopausal Women?

Several factors cause hair loss for menopausal women. One of the most common causes is the hormonal changes taking place in the body. Furthermore, if a woman is experiencing anxiety and high stress levels, she may also end up with hair loss. Failing to provide the body with adequate nutrition may also be a causal factor.

Is It Common To Experience Hair Loss After Menopause?

Hair loss usually begins to occur during the perimenopause years, and carries on until the end of menopause. After menopause, most women see a marked decrease* in the amount of hair loss that they experience.

Facts About Hair Loss In Menopause

Hair loss has traditionally been considered a male condition. However, medical practitioners and researchers are realizing more and more that a large number of women suffer from this condition too. It is interesting that during this time when a woman is losing her hair, she may find that a few hairs grow on her chin as a result of the increase* in the androgen hormone in her body.

How To Treat* Menopausal Hair Loss

If you feel that you need treatment for your hair loss, then you can consider medicines or surgery. If the hair loss is caused by a controllable factor, then getting rid of it may stop* the hair loss and the hair will start growing again.

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Expert Author : Lisiana Carter (Consumer Health Digest)

Lisiana Carter has been a freelance health writer for over ten years having written books, blogs and articles. She is the author of a number of websites and teaches people how to enter the freelance writing field.