Does Menopause Ruin Your Hair?


Does Menopause Ruin Your Hair?

“Menopause,” the period of your life when your body literally changes – thus accurately called the “change of life.” Few areas of your body escape the effects of menopause; skin, emotions, sleep patterns, and yes – your hair — all react to depleting hormones and adjust.
Fluctuating levels of hormones like estrogen and androgen can cause hair loss on your head and hair growth on your face – or both. The physical effects of menopause are permanent. The good news is supplements, therapies, remedies, and specifically formulated hair products may minimize the more common menopause hair changes. Read on…

1Yes, menopause may cause your hair to thin

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It’s possible that you will lose some hair or see some thinning of your hair.

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – may help reduce some of your hair loss by regulating optimal levels of estrogen and androgen.
  • Prescription Treatments – containing finasteride can prevent hair loss.
  • Over-the-counter Regrowth Solutions – containing liquid minoxidil may restore some hair growth.

2You may see unwanted hair growth -on your face and elsewhere

Yes, it happens. Solutions?

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – may prevent the growth of unwanted hair growth on the face, underarms, pubic areas, and legs.
  • Temporary Removal – tweezing, waxing, and bleaching may temporarily minimize the appearance of unwanted hair on the eyebrows, chin, nose, upper lip and other facial areas. A more permanent solution to consider is hair removal by laser therapy.
  • Prescription Treatments – are available containing eflornithine may prevent, or at least slow the menopausal growth of your unwanted hair.

3Time to give up the fight? No!

Just because your body changes doesn’t mean that you’ve lost the fight. If your hair matters to you, there are steps you can take to care for it and keep it healthy.

4A healthy diet may also help your hair

Your success at maintaining a great head of hair, and avoiding looking like the bearded lady at the circus may well be determined by a nutritious diet containing adequate proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

5Natural remedies may be useful

Natural remedies have been shown to positively impact the effects of menopause including hair loss. Compound homeopathic creams containing progesterone stimulating herbs like phytoestrogens, soy isoflavones and chase tree have been shown effective for some women.

6Work with your hairdresser

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Actually, your hairdresser may contribute to your hair loss. Perms, dyes, hair dryers, styling tools, even tight ponytails, will cause hair damage. Determine a complementary haircut and work with it and invest in hair products that are designed for menopausal hair.

7Protect your hair

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Protect your hair with products containing sunscreen. Wash and condition your hair with after exposure to saltwater or chlorine to prevent dryness and breakage. Wear a hat to protect your hair from sun, wind and air pollutants.

8Exercise may help, too

Exercise may be one of your best weapons for holding back menopause related symptoms including hair loss. Find a fitness program you enjoy and stick with; swim, bike,or walk. Studies have shown that yoga and breathing relaxation methods are especially effective.

9Drink water and hydrate

Plain, old H2O may also be your best friend to counter menopause related hair loss (and other symptoms) so drink that water up.

10See your doctor

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Schedule an appointment with your physician to make sure other health issues aren’t contributing to hair loss.