Postmenopause Hair Loss
What to Expect From Postmenopause?
Menopause is a biological response to the aging process and lasts about 4-5 years. During menopause, hormones shift and change dramatically, sending a woman’s body through turmoil and discomfort. After menopause, egg production stops and the body starts to adjust as hormone levels equalize. Still, the symptoms and effects of menopause can trickle into post-menopause. About 40% of women face hair loss during menopause, which is the same percentage as men. However, the lack of knowledge and misinformation creates a stigma that negatively affects a woman’s confidence and sense of identity. Hair growth should resume once menopause ends, however it can remain if it’s genetic or caused by a lifestyle or stress trigger.
what is postmenopause hair loss?
As we age, our health continually moves to the forefront of our wellbeing. This is particularly the case for post-menopausal women who are recovering from the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Menopausal women face more challenges than ever before, both physically and emotionally. And as your body recovers, it’s important to stay proactive with your health after menopause.
The key to healthy hair is to recognize potential hair loss triggers and try to avoid them. If you suffered from hair loss, thinning or shedding during menopause, you likely noticed a general thinning across the top of the scalp. Some women may experience patchy, bald spots from hair that falls out in clumps while washing or brushing hair.
The leading cause of hair loss during menopause is hormonal imbalance because the body drastically lowers its production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The hair growth cycle depends on these hormones for healthy hair growth. When the body shortens the supply, it concurrently increases its secretion of androgens. Unlike estrogen and progesterone, which foster healthy growth, androgens miniaturize hair follicles over time and hair begins to fall out across the scalp.
In addition to hormones, genetic hair loss heightens during and after menopause, when 25% of women experience the most hair fall from Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL). Women with FPHL have a predisposition to hair loss, and hair fall begins with a gradual widening of the center part. Over time, hair sheds in a pattern from the top of the scalp.
Menopause is a challenging phase for many women, and losing hair can lower confidence and make many women feel self-conscious. After menopause, women start to feel like themselves again and regain confidence. Still, the repercussions of menopausal hair loss may last into post-menopause. Fortunately, there are lifestyle, nutritional and emotional choices that can help you plan for this important phase.
HOW TO TREAT POSTMENOPAUSE HAIR LOSS
As you approach the end of menopause, it’s important to bring awareness to your lifestyle choices and nutrition. In addition, you’ll want to reduce stress which can perpetuate symptoms.
Here are some steps you can take leading up to menopause to make the transition easier:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet incorporating adequate daily intake of protein, vegetables, fruits, and omega fatty acids. All of these are essential nutrients vital to hair cells. Your hair is made of keratin; a fundamental protein building block for hair health, which means: it loves protein.
- Maintain a regular exercise routine to improve circulation and blood flow to the hair follicles.
- Get your beauty sleep - at least 6-8 hours every night to minimize stress and alleviate any additional side effects of poor sleep.
- Apply a cosmetic beauty solution to reduce hair shedding and hydrate hair follicles.
- Talk to your doctor about your medicinal options. There are two FDA approved drugs for hair loss. Minoxidil is a topical solution applied to the scalp daily, and Finasteride is a prescribed drug administered on a case-by-case basis for post-menopausal women.
- Apply a root securing complex - Our Anti Hair Shedding Treatment, INTACT, is clinically proven to reduce shedding by 77% while boosting body, shine and volume.
- Make time for joyful activities that reduce stress, such as yoga, meditation, walking or hot baths.
- Avoid harsh hair chemicals and heating tools that can dry out the hair follicles and create an unhealthy scalp environment for your strands.
- Wear hair piece, topper or wig.