Hair loss in menopausal women is a common problem yet so rarely discussed. Most women losing their hair in their 40s and 50s don’t even get to know that it may be because of the menopausal cycle they are going through. Menopause is that phase of a woman’s life when she stops having her monthly period (for more than 12 consecutive months). During this period, a woman’s body undergoes a lot of physical and hormonal changes that result in various problems such as hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, depression, dry skin, and hair loss.
How/why does it happen?
Hair loss in menopausal women is related to hormonal changes. During menopause, the female sex hormones called estrogen and progesterone, which help in the speedy growth of hair, have lower production. The male sex hormones called androgens dominate, which shrink follicles and lead to baldness. When the production levels of estrogen and progesterone fall, the follicles weaken, resulting in thinner and lesser hair. This continues and eventually, women notice thinning of hair on the front, top, and sides of their head, which triggers their confidence in physical appearance.
Hair loss in menopausal women is not always and only because of hormonal changes. There are certainly other factors that contribute to baldness during menopause. Not having enough essential nutrients, taking too much stress, and not eating a healthy diet also weaken follicles. The physical illness during this phase can also be a cause. Different medications taken during this time can also affect badly.
Diagnosis and treatment:
There is nothing medically wrong with hair loss in menopausal women. However, during menopause, you might be tested for conditions such as skin disorders, raised testosterone, low ferritin, thyroid dysfunction, etc, that possibly have a connection with alopecia.
We, as women, cherish and take care of our hair because it significantly affects our looks. Baldness due to menopause is a big deal but the problem is not permanent. One can take the following steps to slow down baldness and recover hair:
Keep yourself hydrated:
Dehydration can cause more intense problems during menopause. Water is an essential fuel that your body needs to keep going. Taking enough water and other healthy drinks to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day can help a lot during menopause.
Reduce stress levels:
Too much mental stress leads to hormonal imbalance. It causes mood swings, irritability, depression, and makes your mind feel shut. To reduce stress, you should take regular exercise, practice yoga, and breathe deeply. This helps relax your mind and body and fight menopause.
Do not style your hair inappropriately:
Using high heat tools and chemical products on your hair destroys their look and grace. They badly affect their health, making them weak and dry. You should refrain from using straightening irons, extensions, and dryers. Using herbal oil that suits your hair and stimulates growth can help recover them.
Medications may also be affecting you internally in a way that is causing baldness. In such a case, if you think that something is wrong with your medicines, talk to your physician so that he might suggest an alternative for them.
Exercising helps your body become stronger and function properly. It prevents weight gain, stress, and mood swings that help in the speedy growth of hair. It is the road to a happier and healthier lifestyle and also helps to keep you relaxed during menopause.
Improve your diet:
Take a diet that comprises foods having essential nutrients such as vitamins, proteins, fats, and essential oils. Fatty acids that are found in almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds oil, etc, significantly improve hair growth and fill up dietary deficiencies.
Menopause is every woman’s life phase and its symptoms and effects are a big deal. If you are struggling with baldness in your late 40s and the years above, it may be because of menopause and it can be treated. Following the above tips can keep you relaxed and motivated during this phase.