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Hair Loss in Menopause

For many women, hair is a part of the body that we can control, and we can cut it off or shape it as we want.  

Hair is an expression of our personality and our image. In severe hair loss, women may feel less feminine, less strong, and it affects the self-confidence of a person.

For many women, hair is a part of the body that we can control, and we can cut it off or shape it as we want.  Hair is an expression of our personality and our image. In severe hair loss, women may feel less feminine, less strong, and it affects the self-confidence of a person.

The average menopause age is around fifty and women notice changes in their hair for months or years. As a very common symptom, the volume and structure of the hair starts to look bad, and for some women it is seen that the hair does not grow as much as previously. After you wash your hair, you can see more hair in the sink, and you may encounter fallen hair on your brush.

Some women may deeply come out with hair thinning on top of the head and the sides. This is defined as female type hair loss. In some cases, complete hair loss in men, which goes up to balding, is rarer in women and usually results from medical treatments such as chemotherapy.

Why does it happen?

Female type hair loss is a common phenomenon and increases with age and varies with ethnic groups. Although it can be seen at any age, it most commonly occurs after menopause. Although estrogen has a protective role and helps to keep the hair in ‘growth stage’, it does not mean that hormones alone should be shown as a cause for such hair loss.

Age itself is a factor, although women can care for hair with cosmetic products, hair loss is a symptom of the aging process that we can not always control. Genetic factors also have an important role in female-type hair loss, and hair loss in both men and women has been found to be linked to the family. Stress also has a place in hair loss. Some medicines may also have the same effect.

Is there anything wrong?

Most women who experience hair loss during menopause do not have any medical problems.

Your doctor will ask you if there are any conditions that trigger hair loss such as lack of nutrition, stress or illness. You may be asked questions about your medical history to determine other causes and you are asked to undergo some testing for conditions such as anemia, iron deficiency, thyroid dysfunction, high testosterone level, and skin disorders.

It may also be necessary to test for signs of hormonal imbalances such as irregular menstrual periods, increased facial hair and acne.

What can I do?

You can reduce symptoms of menopausal hair loss with cosmetic solutions, such as reducing the use of hair straighteners, drying machines and other heat-working instruments.

Thickening shampoos and conditioners can help your hair look better.A healthy and balanced diet is an important factor for a healthy body, so a nutritional analysis may be useful.You can buy topical products that speed up hair growth.

It takes a few months for these products to take effect and if not used regularly you will experience hair loss again.Low energy-emitting laser devices can stimulate hair growth.

Laser therapy is best performed by experienced hairdressers or therapists who have experience and training on these devices. Reliability and effectiveness in the long run are unknown.Some medications have side effects, including hair loss.

If you experience severe hair loss, talk to your doctor and inform his/her about the medications you use.

Another important function of the hair is to protect the scalp skin from sunlight. For this reason, you should protect the bald areas of your head from sunlight and avoid the possibility of long-term sunburn.

When to seek help?

You should consult your doctor if:

  • Your hair is shed at an unusual grade.
  • You lose your hair quickly or early (for example, in your teen or twenties).
  • If you have pain or irritation besides hair loss.
  • If your scalp skin is red, pulsed, or if there is another abnormal condition.
  • If you have any other symptoms that concern you.