All about each symptom of menopause
women going through menopause

Female Hair Loss

Female Hair Loss2

Hair loss commonly occurs in older women and usually presents itself in the form of thinning hair that results in complete or partial hair loss. Although men can suffer from hair loss at any point after puberty, female hair loss at a younger age is much less common and can be very alarming. Menopause is one time in life when hair loss can occur. Keep reading to learn more about the causes of hair loss and how to treat it.

What Is Female Hair Loss?

During their reproductive years, women typically have around 100,000 hairs on their head. These hairs grow on average ¼ of an inch every month. After about six years, hairs generally fall out and are replaced by new ones. Hair loss occurs when the follicles fail to replace the hairs that have fallen out. This occurs for several reasons, usually related to other medical conditions. Below is a list of some of the most common causes:

Medical causes

  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Pituitary problems
  • Anemia
  • Chemotherapy
  • Chronic illness
  • Scarlet fever

Psychological causes

  • Anxiety
  • Emotional stress
  • Traumatic events
  • Depression

Lifestyle causes

  • Excess vitamin A
  • Lack of B and C vitamins
  • Iron deficiency
  • Lack of protein
  • Lack of exercise
  • Pulling or twisting hair

What Causes Female Hair Loss?

Female Hair Loss1

Menopause is one of the most common causes of hair loss later in life, and it can be especially difficult if accompanied by other uncomfortable menopause symptoms. Hair loss during menopause is caused by fluctuating levels of estrogen in the body. Estrogen imbalance also impacts other hormones, such as progesterone and testosterone, and this can result in hair loss.

Treatments for Female Hair Loss

There are several available remedies for hair loss that women can try after consulting a medical professional.

Lifestyle changes

Hormone imbalances are heavily influenced by an unhealthy lifestyle. If menopause is the main cause of hair loss, then following a healthy diet and exercise regimen may help to balance hormone levels. Stress and lack of sleep can also play a part in hair loss. Controlling such factors may help to relieve hair loss and other menopause symptoms.

Alternative treatments

There is a range of alternative therapies available in the form of herbal and natural supplements, such as black cohosh or dong quai. Women may also try eating phytoestrogenic foods - such as soy - which contain plant-based estrogen.

Medications and surgery

This option should only be considered as a last resort. However, medications or surgery may prove to be effective treatments for hair loss along with other menopause symptoms.

Explore the links below to learn more about hair loss and how to deal with it.

9 Tips for Hair Loss Prevention Before Reaching Menopause

Hair loss happens to many women, and can be triggered by the hormonal changes that are part of menopause. Click here for 9 ways to prevent hair loss.

Reasons for Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss during menopause has a number of causes. Click here to learn more.

Hair Loss during Menopause

Hair loss is a common menopause symptom, but it can be treated.

Sources:
  • National Institutes of Health. (2014). Female pattern baldness: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 10, 2016, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001173.htm
  • Riedel-Baima, B. & Riedel, A. (2008). Female pattern baldness may be triggered by low oestrogen to androgen ratio. Endocrine regulations, 42(1), 13-16. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18333699