Hot flashes, moodiness, hair loss—oh, what a joy menopause can be. Sarcasm aside, the first two symptoms tend to go away on their own once you’re through with menopause.
But post-menopause hair loss? Well, as its name implies—it can stick around—unless you do something.
So, why do women experience hair loss during this time of life? Read on and we’ll give you the scoop, along with what you can do about it.
Before diving into how menopause can cause hair loss, it’s important to understand what menopause actually is.
A woman is considered to be in menopause 12 months after her last period.
Leading up to this transition, many women experience hot flashes, mood swings and changes in their monthly cycle, among other symptoms. This period is called perimenopause.
Menopause occurs because a woman’s ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone—two hormones key to menstruating.
After the hot flashes subside and the mood swings stabilize, many post-menopausal women notice they’re left with thinning hair. So, what gives?
Estrogen and progesterone are connected to hair growth and health. So, as these hormones decline, it can affect your hair health.
Plus, your sensitivity to male hormones like testosterone may increase.
Testosterone can attach to androgen receptors in the hair bulb and the dermal papilla which regulates hair growth. This can shrink your hair follicles.
Sometimes this testosterone will also be converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can also attach to androgen receptors and cause hair loss.
When dealing with androgenetic alopecia, most women notice overall thinning across their entire scalp rather than in specific locations (which is how men often experience it).
The good news: There are steps you can take to combat post-menopause hair loss. . Below, we’ve listed some of the most common treatment options.
To figure out what’s best for you, talk to a healthcare professional.
It comes in a 2% solution or 5% foam.
Wondering how topical minoxidil works? It sends a signal to your blood vessels to open so that more nutrients and oxygen can get to the hair to improve its health.
It also extends the growth period, which means more follicles are created to replace lost hair.
Promote new growth and prevent further damage by introducing some healthy hair moves into your routine and nixing any bad habits you may have. These tips will help!
As you can see, there are plenty of hair loss treatment options available if you’re dealing with hair loss due to hormonal imbalances after menopause.
The first step to actually addressing your female pattern hair loss? Talk to a healthcare provider to determine which option is right for you.
They will have the training and skills necessary to assess what’s going on with your hair and what will be the most effective way to treat it and encourage new hair growth.