Hair loss during menopause is usually a direct effect of fluctuating hormone levels. Two main hormones are involved in hair growth: estrogen and testosterone. In estrogenic alopecia, the most common type of hair loss for menopausal women, this loss is directly attributed to a fall in estrogen levels. Estrogen helps hair grow faster, and stay on the head for a longer duration, leading to thicker, healthier hair.
Estrogen is not the only hormone that comes into play with the issue of menopausal hair loss. Androgens, or male hormones, increase as estrogen levels decrease. This causes androgenic alopecia, another form of hair loss. An androgen known as dihydrotestosterone, or DHT appears to bind to hair follicles and force them to go into their “resting” phases, or telogen, sooner than is normal, causing the new hairs to grow ever thinner with each cycle of hair growth. Testosterone also shrinks the hair follicles, causing hair loss on the head, yet a greater production of hair on the face.
It is not only hormones that can cause a decrease in hair production during menopause however. There are a number of other causes that can lead to hair loss. Keep reading to learn more about other less common causes of hair loss.
While for menopausal women the cause of hair loss almost always is at least partially hormonal, there are many other causes that may also play a role in hair loss during menopause; including medical, psychological, or lifestyle triggers.
• Thyroid Disorders
• Pituitary Problems
• Chronic Illness
• Scarlet Fever
• Emotional stress
• Traumatic events
• Eating Disorders
• Excess vitamin A
• Lack of B, C vitamins
• Iron deficiency
• Lack of protein
• Lack of exercise
• Pulling or twisting hair
Treatments for Hair Loss
Lifestyle adjustments may help.
Changes in diet and hair care are beneficial to some degree, as diet affects the rate of hair growth. Increasing one’s intake of protein, vitamins B & C, and iron all help. Exercise and stress reduction techniques such as yoga or meditation improve overall health, and taking care to not pull or twist hair can minimize damage.
On a deeper level, as a high percentage of hair loss is caused by changes in hormone levels, it is beneficial to use alternative treatments that help to balance these hormones, such as herbs that stimulate the body into producing its own hormones again. Oftentimes the most effective and safest solution is to combine lifestyle adjustments with alternative treatments.
The Manna Menopause Support was specifically formulated to address the estrogen levels in the most natural way. This product can help to increase estrogen to stop menopausal hair loss.