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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. Commonly the volume and the structure of the hair seems to look bad, also some women notice that their hair is not growing as much as before. 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. A full hair loss that men suffer from and end with baldness is rarely notice in women, and if this happened to women it would be as a result of some medical conditions for example chemotherapy.

Why does these happen?

FPHL is a very common phenomenon and its increase because of many factors for instance, age and varies across 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 factor or reason behind hair loss.

One of the main reason is age, even if women are using cosmetic product to avoid the hair loss but in the end growing older is a tough condition we cannot control it. 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. Medications may have side effects.

Is there anything wrong?

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

Your doctor will ask you some questions about hair loss and if there is any trigger that effect on hair loss such as loss of nutrition or any stressful accident. Also you will be asked about your medical history to determine if you suffer from any disease such as anemia, iron deficiency or any 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 I should 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.

Using thickening shampoos and hair conditioners may improve hair appearance. 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 professional hairdresser or therapist that are highly qualified and good experience 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.

Our hair play an important role in protecting our head scalp from the 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 ask for help?

You should consult your doctor:

  • 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 are suffering from other symptoms. .