Hair loss is commonly associated with men, but women may also experience hair loss as they age. Because menopause is the result of a lowering of the production of hormones in the body, many physical and emotional side effects occur. Some of the more commonly known side effects are hot flashes and mood swings, but there are others.
Does Menopause Cause Hair Loss?
Yes, one of the more common side effects of menopause is hair loss. In fact, studies have shown that 70% of women older than 70 experience some level of hair loss. This hair loss is the result of lowered levels in estrogen and progesterone production in the body.
Other factors such as stress and diet can impact hair loss during menopause as well. While the lowered hormone production affects hair growth on the head, in some cases it does cause some facial hair growth in women.
Can Menopause Cause Dry, Brittle Hair?
Unfortunately, menopause can also cause hair to become dry and brittle. Androgens – hormones produced in the body – are linked to having thick, voluminous hair.
A lowering or lack of androgens leads to a shrinking in the diameter of the hair follicles which results in thinner, finer hair. As a result, the hair is dryer and more brittle causing breakage to happen more easily. Menopause does result in a lowering of androgen production, causing dry, brittle hair to be a side effect.
How Much Hair Do You Lose During Menopause?
It’s important to keep in mind that hair loss for women is different than for men. Most men losing their hair experience male pattern baldness in a receding hairline and/or a growing bald spot.
Female pattern baldness is usually expressed through hair thinning and growing more slowly on the front, sides, and top of the head. Depending on how voluminous the hair was prior to thinning, the hair loss may be more or less noticeable.
Is Perimenopause Hair Loss Permanent?
Not necessarily because while the changes to the body will have an impact on the hair going forward, stress management and exercise can help to curtail some of the hair loss and thinning from menopause and perimenopause.
Hormone replacement therapy (or HRT) may also be an option depending on the severity of menopausal symptoms. Everyone’s body is different, and results may vary… so while these options do exist, it is very possible the hair will be back to where you’re comfortable with it using the above methods.
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