How can Menopause affect hair loss?

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Women can suffer hair loss at a time in their life when there are chemical, hormonal changes happening in their bodies, which can shift the balances of these chemicals to a level not experienced before, and this can result in hair loss.

During the menopause, the levels of oestrogen drops but the levels of testosterone increase. The increase in the testosterone is not good news for women going through menopause; it reduces hair quality and can make it thinner and more susceptible to falling out, whilst increasing facial hair growth; not what a woman will want to hear.

However, whilst it is common for hair loss and menopause to go together it is not always the cause for the hair loss. There are other reasons that could be the cause of the hair loss and it is important that you discuss the hair loss with your doctor to rule out any other potential problems that you might have.

Dealing with menopause in itself isn’t the easiest time for any woman, and dealing with hair loss on top of that could be more stressful than what you might imagine. It can lead to feelings of depression and a lack of self-confidence too. It is important to treat any feelings of depression and increase a person’s confidence, seeking medical help to discuss your options is the most important step you need to take.

Some medication designed for menopause can help to return the hormone levels back to normal and this can improve the hair quality and reducing the hair falling out.

What is important is to consider is the choice of medication offered, some are better than others in restoring the correct balance of hormones. One option, which is for menopausal women, is HRT. This is Hormone Replacement Therapy helping to stabilize the symptoms felt; it has positive results and if the doctor suggests this course of action, you should consider it as a way to treat all the symptoms of the menopause together.

Improving your diet could have great results for thinning hair; protein is essential for hair growth and ensuring you are getting adequate in your diet is important. There are alternative sources of protein than just eating vast quantities of red meat. Increasing the intake of vitamin C is important as it allows more iron absorption in the body. Iron deficiency plays an important part in hair loss and if you haven’t enough in your diet, it could be as simple as taking iron supplements prescribed by your doctor.

Your body needs different things as you age, women, when they reach the menopause and suffer from the side effects, it can have a negative impact on your mental health as well as your physical health. It all plays a part in how you need to adjust your lifestyle to meet with the changes demanded by the menopause.

Therefore, whilst menopause can affect the hair, it is important that you don’t accept it as your future but look at ways in which you can improve your health in this new stage of life.

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