Perimenopause Hair Loss
what to expect DURING PERIMENOPAUSE
Perimenopause is a transitional phase in a woman’s life that precedes menopause. For approximately four years, the ovaries reduce their production of estrogen, the female sex hormone. Onset typically begins when a woman is in her 40s and can start as early as her 30s and last until menopause. Once she reaches menopause, the ovaries no longer release eggs. However, in the 1-2 years before menopause, perimenopausal women begin to experience symptoms like hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, irregular or infrequent periods, and hair loss.
WHAT IS PERIMENOPAUSE HAIR LOSS?
The timeframe of perimenopause varies from woman-to-woman. The average length is around four years, but it can last as short as a couple of months and as long as a decade. You will know perimenopause has ended and menopause has begun if you’ve gone 12-months without menstruation.
During perimenopause, many women struggle with hair loss caused by shifting hormones as the body lowers its production of estrogen and progesterone. Around this time, hair follicles can also shrink and cause hair to fall out. Hormones are the most common reason for perimenopausal hair loss, however, 25% of women will experience hair loss from Female Pattern Hair Loss by age 49. While hair loss in aging men is widely accepted, it remains a significant emotional and psychological burden for women, who are statistically proven to have a lower quality of life and minimize social interaction as a result, according to an Australian study.
Instead of retreating in solitude to struggle through this burden, at Daniel Alain we want to increase awareness around women’s hair loss so that women can feel empowered to stand together and regain self-confidence with extensive resources and effective solutions.
HOW TO TREAT PERIMENOPAUSE HAIR LOSS
Treating and preventing perimenopausal hair loss requires an inspection into what is triggering the hair fall. If the hair loss is genetic and progressive, the focus is less on prevention and more on retention, as genetic hair loss is technically untreatable. However, this does not mean you don’t have options. There are various alternative and procedural solutions to help emulate the appearance of full-bodied, healthy hair.
Hair loss due to hormonal imbalance is treatable and temporary. In many cases, it’s short-term, but it can still be a debilitating and stressful experience.
Here’s what you can do to manage and plan for perimenopause:
- Minimize stress triggers that can perpetuate hormonal imbalances and enhance symptoms.
- Stick to an exercise routine that can help to stabilize moods, reduce perimenopausal weight gain and foster healthy hair and growth.
- Eat healthy fats, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, fruits and mono-saturated oils, which feed follicles the vital nutrients they crave for optimal growth.
- Drink plenty of water to replenish dry follicles with moisture and keep the cuticle healthy.
- Avoid tight hairstyles, chemical treatments and repeated pulling which can damage the hair follicles, dry out strands and compromise scalp health.
- Ask your doctor about natural supplements for hair growth or to see if you are a candidate for Finasteride, an FDA-approved hair loss medication for perimenopausal and menopausal women.
- Apply an Anti Hair Shedding Treatment before you wash and condition, which will reduce hair shedding and provide body, shine and volume to your hair.