Hair loss can often strike women like a bolt from the blue, especially given its usual association with men. Women going through menopause may notice that their hair no longer looks nor feels quite how it used to and become disconcerted about the amount of hair starting to appear in their hairbrush. In fact, hair loss is a common complaint among menopausal women and can usually be addressed easily. Read over the following information for more information about effectively stopping hair loss in menopause.
Why am I Losing My Hair?
Noticeable thinning of the scalp hair occurs in about 50% of women by the age of 50. However, this often provides small comfort to the many women who view their hair as part of their self image. This hair thinning is a common (and natural) sign of aging as women experience a reduction in the production of estrogen hormones as a result of menopause. Women are predisposed to general thinning while men have genetically predisposed receptors located in certain areas which results in male pattern baldness.
While it is easy to blame all postmenopausal hair loss on a lack of estrogen, research suggests that more than one hormone may be involved in this process. According to experts, the loss of both progesterone and estrogen during menopause appears to lead to a new hormonal pattern that is implicated in hair loss.
A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about three or four months after an illness or major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.
Hair loss over time is often a good indication that fluctuating hormone levels are the cause. Estrogen helps the hair to grow faster and stay on the head for longer, so naturally when this hormone starts to decrease during menopause, hair is lost at faster rate than it is grown. However, if hair loss is sudden, blood tests should be conducted in order to rule out excessive levels of androgen, a hormone that stimulates male sex characteristics and is also important in hair production. Now that you know the causes of hair loss, strategies to stop it are much easier to adopt.
How Can I Stop Hair Loss?
In order to address the hormonal imbalance that in the majority of cases causes hair loss, the body has got to be in a healthy condition. When the body is healthy more often than not hormone levels re-stabilize. A healthy body can be achieved through a regular exercise and diet regime. In addition to this, natural supplements have proven to be effective in targeting the core problem of hormone imbalance and therefore in stopping hair loss.
Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative medication-recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss.
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