Around the time of menopause which is averagely about 50 years old, women start to notice several changes with their bodies, among those changes is the condition of the hair, commonly, the volume and the health of the hair begin to worsen, some women would notice that their hair doesn’t grow at the pace it used to grow before, while others would notice more hair falling while showering or brushing the hair. Some women would go even further with the experience and get noticeable thinning on the crown or the sides or all over the head which is medically described as female pattern hair loss (FPHL). A complete loss of hair like what happens with men where they go bald is very rare to happen to women and it only happens as a result of a certain medical condition or medical treatment like chemotherapy.
– Why Does It Happen.
FPHL is a common condition and it can happen at just any age, however it is more common to happen following menopause, but that doesn’t mean that hormones alone are to be blamed for this, despite the fact the estrogen has a protective role to maintain the hair growing at a good pace, age itself is an undenied aspect to cause FPHL that can’t be controlled even with cosmetics, other factors than age and hormones include stress, crash dieting, Genetics and using harsh products on the hair frequently.
– Is Something Wrong?
If you start noticing hair loss around the time for menopause then you probably have nothing wrong with your health, however your doctor may ask you if you are experiencing any triggers for hair loss such as emotional stress, nutrients deficiencies or illnesses. You may even be tested to rule out other factors that cause hair loss like anemia, under active thyroid, low ferritin, elevated testosterone levels or any skin disorder, if you have any other symptoms of hormonal Imbalances such as irregular periods, acne breakouts or facial hair growth make sure to mention them to your doctor as well.
What You Should Do.
– the thinning of the hair that occurs around menopause can sometimes be improved if you followed correct cosmetic practices, meaning that you should avoid heat stying almost completely, avoid harsh shampoos, use more natural hair masks that consists of deep conditioning ingredients like avocados, coconut oil, castor oil and almond oil. Also use thickening shampoos and avoid exposing your hair to sunlight for prolonged periods.
– you can purchase topical solutions that promote hair growth, these are effective if used on regular basis.
– laser therapies that emit low-energy laser light may promote hair growth, however make sure to choose an experiences hairdresser or therapist to who is trained well for these devices.
– talk to your doctor to exclude or change any medications you are taking that has a side effect that includes hair loss.
– reassure yourself that the menopause-related hair loss can slow down with time.
When To Seek Medical Help?
Seek medical help if you are:-
Losing too much hair in unusual patterns.
You have itchiness and pain besides the hair loss.
You are getting bald patches.
The skin on your scalp is so red or scaly and dry.
You are losing too much hair again early age (not around your menopause).
You are experiencing acne breakouts, facial hair growth and irregular menstruation.