Traditionally, hair loss is a condition associated with men, however it is a reality for an astonishing number of women as well. Particularly, during menopause when hormones are thrown out of balance in the body, hair loss is an unfortunately common reality. Oftentimes, this is one of the first symptoms of menopause that a woman notice. Hair loss can be one of the more depressing symptoms of menopause, as a woman´s hair is associated with her femininity, sexuality, and individual sense of style.
Fortunately, through learning more about how and why it occurs, it is possible to be treated.
Symptoms of Hair Loss
As some degree of hair loss is normal, it may be difficult to ascertain whether or not the amount of hair being shed is, to a degree, which warrants concern. The following is some of the most common symptoms of hair loss in menopause:
• Hair falls out in large clumps when washing it.
• Large snarls of hair appear in brush or comb.
• Small bald patches appear on the scalp.
• Scalp is red, oily, and/or itchy.
• Noticeable hair thinning on front, sides or top of head.
If experiencing these symptoms, it is likely that hair loss has reached the point of being a problem.
Causes of Hair Loss
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.
However, it is not only hormones that can cause a decrease in hair production during menopause. There are a number of other causes that can lead to 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.
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 meditation improve overall health, and taking care not to 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 such as the Manna Menopause Support, which help to balance these hormones. Oftentimes, the most effective and safest solution is to combine lifestyle adjustments with alternative treatments.
“I have been struggling with hair loss for a long time. I used just about every product available, internally like in supplements and externally like in many different shampoos but nothing helped. Then I read the article on the Manna newsletter describing how Manna Menopause Support helps with hair loss. I have been using it now for almost three months and I can already see the difference in my hair. The thin patch on top of my head is disappearing fast. Thanks for a brilliant product Manna, I really appreciate it. Carry on with the good work.”