Thinning hair and hair loss are a natural part of the aging process but for some women experiencing menopause hair loss can be severe and troublesome. Approximately one third of women experience hair loss at some point in their lives and about two thirds of post-menopausal women experience hair thinning or bald spots. Luckily, unlike male pattern baldness, hair loss in woman tends to be much subtler. Thinning for women may be noticed by a larger part, a thinner ponytail or excess shedding in the shower or during brushing. When women notice hair loss during perimenopause or menopause it is usually due to changes in hormones.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are transported through the bloodstream to stimulate cells and tissues into action. A woman’s reproductive system is regulated by hormones which trigger their menstrual cycle and allow them to conceive children. As a woman ages she has a natural decline in reproductive hormones and eventually she will stop releasing eggs and her ovaries will stop releasing their estrogen. While estrogen is dropping, the effects of male hormones like testosterone are increasing. This can cause some hair follicles to fail because a derivative of testosterone called DHT which is usually balanced by estrogen is now left unmanaged. DHT tells the body to under-produce hair and when left unchecked by estrogen women will notice their hair follicles produce thinner, weaker hair and eventually none at all.
Other factors that contribute to menopausal hair loss are high stress levels as a woman tries to cope with her changing body, medications, illness or genetic predisposition. It is important for all women to routinely check their thyroid, vitamin levels, heart and blood sugar.
While menopausal hair loss can be frightening, affecting emotional well-being and quality of life, the hair loss is usually not permanent. There are several steps to take beginning at the earliest signs of hair loss. Images International offers the most effective multi-therapy treatment options by offering the latest available products in nutritional supplements, topical Minoxidil solutions, and low level laser therapy. Progress is tracked by an experienced hair restoration specialist. Set up a no charge appointment today to discuss your treatment plan and have hair loss no longer be a symptom of your menopause.