Perimenopause and Hair Loss
Veterinarian Reviewed on January 13, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Perimenopause and Hair Loss
Menopausal transition is the other term for perimenopause, which is described as one of the phases during menopause and fertility. As a woman, you will experience fluctuations in hormonal levels in female sex. This will create changes within the female body bringing numbers of symptoms which include hot flashes, sleep disruptions, mood swings and menstrual irregularities. For most women, the other symptom is hair loss or the thinning of hair.
Development of the Perimenopause and Hair Loss
Certain female body could merely produce or develop the androgen dominance. This usually occurs when the levels of progesterone and estrogen gradually decline. With this, progesterone and estrogen declination eventually leaves the androgens as the female body’s prevalent hormone.
The dominant hormone which is the androgen could create hormonal imbalance within the body triggering subsequent thinning and hair loss. Similar with the pattern of baldness in male, it is simply associated with DHT or the dihydrostestosterone binding it to hair follicles that could cause the hair to miniaturize. In this way, it could disrupt the hair growth cycle, thus, it produces thinner and finer hair than the normal hair growth.
Symptoms of the Perimenopause and Hair Loss
In women, hair loss is very different compared with men. They also experience diffused thinning over their head’s crown whether through the menopause or perimenopause.
The Therapy for the Hormone Replacement
HRT or the “Hormonal replacement therapy” is the best and most effective form to treat the baldness in women due to perimenopause. When the therapy is done, you could see and feel the slowing progression of hair loss as well as hair re-growth.
If HRT fails, there is another medication used in treating the condition. Minoxidil is the other medication to treat baldness or hair loss in women. This is a topical medication which could be used twice daily and manages directly on women’s scalp. Once you stop the application of the solution, then the baldness will continue. The best thing that you could do is to maintain the medication for further positive results.
- Memory lapses
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Heart palpitations
- Problem to concentrate
Extreme Changes during the Early Perimenopause and Hair Loss
Perimenopause is called the opening of the menopausal phase that tends to affect most women within their mid-forties and it will last for ten years. This resulted from the falling of the progesterone and estrogen hormonal levels due to the ovaries have stopped producing eggs. Here are the following changes during your early perimenopause.
- Physical symptoms – this is marked with erratic menstrual cycles and menstruation without having ovulation. Urine seepage, vaginal infections, nigh sweats, flushing skin, fast heart rate and hot flashes are the other symptoms of the perimenopause. When you are having sexual intercourse, you will feel different, less pliable, less lubricated and thinner genital tissues.
- Emotional symptoms – it will produce different changes within one’s emotional state. Women could experience quick mood swings, irritability and depression. In addition, confidence loss, forgetfulness and insomnia can also take place.
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