Hair Loss and Menopause

Hair loss hits during menopause. Records indicate that close to 50% of women suffer from hair loss while experiencing menopause, while post-menopause brings on the threat of thinning hair or bald spots. Menopause starts typically during the mid 40s-50s, but could start anywhere during a woman’s life between the age of 30 and 70.

Medical research is yet to pinpoint the cause of hair loss in women; however, low levels of oestrogen are known to cause androgenetic alopecia. Women also produce testosterone, a male hormone – which is monitored closely by oestrogen. During menopause, oestrogen is produced at lower levels, leading to a higher level of testosterone which merges with 5 alpha reductase; an enzyme. This combination creates DHT or dihydrotestosterone. Once DHT reaches your hair follicles that is when hair loss occurs.

During menopause, hair loss could also be caused by stress, fungal infection, thyroid disorders and even anaemia.

Hormone replacements or any such oestrogenic treatments are remedies for hair loss in women during menopause. However, these are not quick fix treatments and can take up to three months to take effect.
Unlike men, bald spots in women are very rare, and female hair loss is typically one that produces a thinning of hair, which then makes hair styling a challenge.

All women do not react too well to loss of hair. Not only will it make her feel less than feminine, could make her feel depressed and even cause anxiety. If these lead to extreme situations, it is recommended that assistance from a professional is sought.

If hair loss does occur, then you might want to cut your hair in short layers, which adds a fullness to your hair; use a soft brush instead of a comb; mousse or gel, not hairspray.