Women have a lot of unpleasant side effects to deal with during the menopause. However, one of the most devastating to deal with can be menopausal hair loss, or thinning, which occurs both in the leadup and in the aftermath of this natural change.
Now, a new survey has revealed just how significant hair loss after the menopause can be. According to the survey, over half of women aged 45-56 have experienced some degree of hair thinning or loss.
Here, we’ll explore how the menopause affects hair loss and the treatment options available if it does occur.
The link between the menopause and hair loss
The menopause can have a significant impact on your scalp and hair. As well as being known to trigger hair loss and thinning, the hair can also become dull and dry as women experience the change.
There are a lot of potential reasons the menopause can impact hair loss, but one of the biggest culprits is thought to be hormone related. As you enter the menopause, your female hormone levels begin to decline. This actually starts to occur a few years before the menopause occurs. This means the male hormones within the body can begin to take over. The altering hormone levels can cause the hair to thin and start to fall out.
However, it’s important to note that the menopause rarely causes complete or significant hair loss. It may cause a noticeable patch or a widening of the parting, but you won’t experience the same level of hair loss as males do as they get older.
While hormones do tend to be the biggest cause, there are other factors which can contribute too. These include stress, medications and nutritional deficiencies.
Understanding the new study into menopausal hair loss
The study carried out this June involved surveying a total of 645 American women who were aged from 45 to 56. The results revealed that 59% of the women surveyed had experienced mild to severe hair loss or thinning over the course of the past 12 months.
The results of the survey match previous studies carried out into the menopause and its link to hair loss. This most recent survey simply highlights the prevalence of the problem.
What treatments are available?
If you are one of the unlucky women to experience menopausal hair loss or thinning, there are some treatments you can try. GPs often prescribe medication such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). This can reduce the likelihood of hair thinning. However, it also comes with more serious potential side effects, so the pros and cons of this medication need to be weighed up before deciding if it’s right for you.
Other treatment options available include Minoxidil, which is the only FDA approved topical medication for female hair loss. It’s important to seek a consultation with a dermatologist before deciding which treatment is the best option for you as they can rule out any other underlying conditions.
The menopause is difficult to deal with without the added stress and embarrassment of hair loss and thinning. So, if you’re concerned the menopause is affecting your hair, book a consultation with a hair specialist today.