Women going through menopause know to expect certain symptoms, such as hot flashes and mood swings. Often, hair loss can be part of menopause, as well—catching some women off guard. Hair loss during menopause is surprisingly common, with more than 40 percent of women experiencing it. In this post, we’ll discuss not just the causes of menopausal hair loss, but also some good treatment options.
Hair Loss During Menopause
To begin with, if more than 40 percent of women face hair loss following menopause, why don’t you see more bald women walking about? The short answer is, women’s hair loss works differently than men’s. It usually doesn’t lead to full-on baldness. In fact, the signs and symptoms can be fairly subtle—a wider part line, a smaller ponytail, more hairs left on your hairbrush after using it.
Even though women’s hair loss isn’t likely to become complete baldness, it can still have a psychological impact; watching your hair grow thinner can lead to a lack of self-confidence. Combined with some of the other hormonal changes that happen during menopause, this can be difficult to deal with. That’s why it’s important to catch the signs of hair loss early—and to seek treatment sooner rather than later.
Hormones and Other Factors
The main reason for menopausal hair loss is the loss of female hormones. Consider that, during pregnancy, an influx of female hormones causes women to grow longer, thicker hair. During menopause, the opposite happens. Female hormones subside, and male hormones increase. This causes certain hair follicles (the cells that grow hair) to stop working properly—resulting in thinner hair.
However, not all menopausal hair loss can be traced to hormones. There are many other factors that women experiencing menopause should consider, including thyroid health, nutritional deficiencies, and other medical complications. Before jumping to conclusions about your hair loss, always meet with your doctor.
Identifying Hair Loss Early
The biggest mistake women make when it comes to hair loss is not recognizing it soon enough. It can take a long time for the effects of hair loss to be visible, and by the time it is, there’s not sufficient time for treatment courses to have their full effect. As such, we recommend that women going through menopause come to New Look for trichological testing. We can help you determine if there are any early warning signs of hair loss, and from there we can recommend treatment, as necessary.
Treating Hair Loss
That’s the good news about women’s hair loss: It is a treatable condition, and at New Look we can help you determine the best course of treatment for your hair loss needs. Sometimes, these treatments can be as simple as lifestyle changes or nutritional supplements, fortifying your hair against hormonal changes. There are also options available in terms of laser hair therapy, topical hair solutions, and beyond. In addition to meeting with us at New Look Institute, you might also speak with your doctor about the possible effectiveness of hormone replacement.
Hair Replacement Options
Though treatment can be effective, it’s most likely to work when it’s begun early. For women who do not catch their hair loss in time, there are still many options available—ways for you to both look and feel like yourself again. Through hair replacement, you can once again have a full head of hair, despite whatever hormonal changes are happening. Options here are numerous, including hair systems that are completely natural-looking, many of them offering integration with your regular, growing hair. Speak to someone from New Look about the hair replacement systems that are available to you.
Managing the Effects of Menopausal Hair Loss
The bottom line is that hair loss during menopause is very common, yet a lot of women don’t know to seek treatment for it—so when it happens, the psychological effects can be devastating. They don’t have to be, though. Seek treatment for hair loss sooner rather than later. Start with a full consultation with one of our experts. Come see us at New Look Institute to begin the process, at your next convenience.
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