Menopause and Hair Loss
Veterinarian Reviewed on January 13, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Menopause and Hair Loss
Unwanted facial hair and hair loss are the common complaints of women especially during their menopausal years.
Facts Concerning Hair Loss during Menopause
Based on the NAMS or the Menopause Society of North America, the obvious scalp hair thinning or the andro genetic alopecia occurs at the age of 50, although can start after the puberty stage. Several studies have shown that the psychological and emotional effects of hair loss are more chronic in women rather than men. Thus, it leads to social anxiety, poor self-confidence and even lower job performance.
Menopause and Hair Loss Causes
Researches have shown that one hormone is involved in this process. The loss of estrogen and progesterone during menopause are shown to cause the hormonal pattern which is implicated in hair loss and increase the certain “peach fuzz” all over the face. Another thing that could lead to hair loss is the genetic predisposition, illness, hormonal imbalances and unusual stress level. Blood test is required to be done to prohibit the excessive androgen levels. Androgen is a kind of hormone that stimulates the sex characteristics of a male. The other measures include the blood-sugar level test, rheumatoid evaluation and thyroid tests.
Menopause and Hair Loss Treatment
If women are concerned with the redundant facial hair growth or hair loss, then it is recommended that they should seek advice from a medical expert to help them treat their hair problem. Some doctors would recommend a thorough workout, activity levels, stress, beginning to have diet review and other related menopausal symptoms. Most medical experts will usually recommend both the lifestyle changes and the prescription medications.
Stress is also linked to be one that triggers hair loss. In order to avoid hair loss, you should reduce stress. To make it through, you should have adequate sleep; use the relaxation techniques like deep breathing and meditation as well as exercising regularly.
Minoxidil is one of the medical treatments to avoid hair loss. Other options to treat hair loss include the Metformin and the low-dose steroids. This is used to treat diabetes type 2.
Moreover, menopause and hair loss are caused by the hormonal changes within the body. The decreasing level of progesterone has an affect in hair loss while you are in the period of menopause. However, HRT can definitely correct such problem. The menopausal symptoms can be contributed by some factors such as exercise level, genetic factors and diet.
Another health symptom with hair loss and menopause are sore and aching joints, breast tenderness, indigestion, bloating, weight gain, depression, dizziness, allergies, insomnia, memory lapses and muscle tension. It is very important that you have to get help whenever you are depressed especially when you are thinking to commit suicide. The early menopause can also be caused by some other factors which include illness, poor nutrition and smoking.
One of the natural treatments of menopause and hair loss is exercise especially when you are overweight. This could help in treating depression, thus, bringing positive results to deal with changes within one’s body which is caused by heredity and aging. Losing few ponds could definitely lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It also contributes to physical and mental health. Therefore, you have to find such exercise activity done everyday or three to four times a week to see positive results.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan