Usually hair loss is something that only men worry about, but as soon as women starts getting close to menopause, they might also see that their hair is not as thick as it used to be.
It is not unusual to see some sort of hair loss as we age, it is important to know which symptoms to look out for when it is menopausal hair loss:
- Large clumps of hair come out when you wash it
- Your brush or comb has a big bush of hair that clings to it after you’ve used it
- Noticeable bald patches on your head
- Irritated, red, and itchy scalp
- Noticeable thinning of your hair
The reason for this is the fluctuating hormones, specifically the decrease n estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for ensuring the hair is thick, healthy and does not fall out so easily. However, the lack of estrogen isn’t the only culprit here, because when estrogen levels drop, the male hormones (aka Androgens) make their appearance.
Since male hormones like testosterone become more active, there might also be increased signs if facial and body hair. The good news is that you can keep your hair in the right place by treating the root cause.
As always, the first step is making a few lifestyle changes like increasing your consumption of protein, vitamins B and C as well as iron. Getting at least 20-30 minutes intense exercise per day can also help your overall health.
Other causes and triggers for hair loss might include:
- Chronic illnesses
- Thyroid disorders
- Pituitary problems
- Emotional stress
- Traumatic events
- Eating disorders
- Lack of protein
- Excess of vitamin A
- Pulling or twisting hair
- Lack vitamins B and C
- Iron deficiency
- Lack of exercise
Recommendations for treatment:
For extreme cases, there are medications or hair transplant surgeries available, but care should be taken as these can be risky and side effects are possible.