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Menopause and hair loss: Will my hair grow back?

Menopause and hair loss are deeply linked. Body hair loss after menopause is not a rare phenomenon due to hormonal imbalance. 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 seem 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 come out with deeply hair thinning on the top of the head and on the sides: this is defined as female hair loss, and the reason why some women decide to get a female hair transplant in Turkey.

However, a full hair loss like men suffer from and that ends with baldness is rarely observed in women; and if this happens to women it would be as a result of some medical conditions, for example after a chemotherapy treatment.

What causes hair loss in menopause?  

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

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is a very common phenomenon and its increased because of many factors, for instance age, but it also varies across ethnic groups. Although it can be seen at any age, women's hair loss after menopause is very common. It´s true that estrogens have a protective role and help to keep the hair in the “growth stage”; but this does not mean that hormones alone should be seen as a factor or reason behind the hair loss.

As we said before, one of the main reasons for hair loss in women is age. Even if women are using cosmetic products to avoid hair loss, in the end getting older is a tough condition we cannot control. Genetic factors also have an important role in female-type hair loss, as hair loss in both men and women has been found to be linked to the family. Stress also has a place in hair loss, but medications may their side effects affecting hair, too.

Is menopausal hair loss permanent?

Normally, hair loss due to menopause is not permanent and can be completely reversed. Most women who experience hair loss during menopause do not have any medical problems.

Your doctor will ask you some questions about your hair loss, and if there is any trigger that effect on hair loss, such as bad nutrition or any stressful incident. Also you will be asked about your medical history to determine if you suffer from any disease such as anaemia, iron deficiency or any skin disorder.

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

Hair loss and menopause: treatment

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.

You can also 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. Besides, some medications have side effects, including hair loss. If you experience severe hair loss, talk to your doctor and inform him/her about the medications you use.

Low energy-emitting laser devices can stimulate hair growth, too. Laser therapy is best performed by professional hairdressers or therapists that are highly qualified and have a good experience on these devices. However, reliability and effectiveness of these treatments in the long run are unknown.

How to reverse thinning hair after menopause

Many women also want to know how to reverse thinning hair after menopause: using thickening shampoos and hair conditioners may improve hair appearance. A healthy and balanced diet is an important factor for a healthy body, too; so, a nutritional analysis may be useful.

At last but not least, our hair plays 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 risk of long-term sunburn.

When should I ask for help?

You should always consult your doctor in the following cases:

  • If your hair is shed at an unusual grade.
  • If you lose your hair quickly or early (for example, in your teens 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.

In summary, menopause and hair loss are both related and it´s something very normal due to hormonal imbalances during this stage in women. Normally, menopausal hair loss will be temporary and it will grow back after a proper treatment or using medications. If you are experiencing some symptoms of hair loss during the menopause, ask your doctor about the best possible solution in order to recover a healthy hair as soon as possible.