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Does Menopause Cause Hair Loss? Why This Happens and How To Limit It

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Menopause is a big life event that can lead to many changes in a woman’s body. In addition to the commonly noted hot flashes and night sweats, your hair might change as well -- including hair loss and thinning.

Hair loss is not necessarily a given with menopause, and some women may not notice negative hair changes during this time. But, for those who are dealing with menopausal hair loss, you probably want some tips on how to do something about it.

Below, we will cover if menopause can trigger hair loss, the reason behind hair changes during and after menopause, and how to help limit hair loss and thinning as you get older.

Does menopause trigger hair loss in some women?

Yes, hair loss on the scalp, and hair increases on the face are common occurrences reported by women after menopause.

According to a 2010 questionnaire study of postmenopausal women, 26% reported diffuse generalized hair loss, 9% experienced frontal hair loss, and 39% experienced facial hair increases.

Why does menopause sometimes lead to hair loss?

The most likely reason behind hair loss increases and facial hair increases after menopause is the hormonal changes that occur naturally.

Your post-menopausal hormone production of estrogen and progesterone tends to slow down, while androgen levels may actually increase somewhat.

For your hair, less estrogen and progesterone can mean thinning hair and slowed growth. And, an increase in androgens can cause hair follicles to shrink, as well as induce hair growth on the face.

It is also common for hereditary female pattern hair loss to begin or start picking up around the time of menopause.

While hormonal changes are the most common culprit behind hair loss after menopause, it is also important to consider other factors that may be at play. Increased stress levels and nutritional deficiencies may also develop around menopause, and these can also contribute to hair loss and thinning.

Ways you can help limit hair loss during and after menopause

You may not be able to keep your hair looking exactly the same throughout all of the stages of your life, and that is ok and perfectly normal. However, there may be some tips to help curb hair loss after menopause.

  • Follow a regular exercise routine
  • Help keep stress levels in check
  • Make sure your nutrition is adequate and complete
  • Treat your hair gently by limiting heat styling, coloring, and bleaching
  • Talk to your doctor about hair loss treatment options

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We utilize prescription ingredients that can be compounded into hair loss formulations customized for your needs. By using our women’s hair growth formula that can contain Finasteride or Spironolactone, Minoxidil, Tretinoin, and Biotin, you may find that female pattern hair loss slows down and some women may experience some level of regrowth.

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