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Why we lose hair during perimenopause and menopause

Why we lose hair during perimenopause and menopause

Losing a lot of hair is just one of many common symptoms that women experience on the way into, and during, menopause. But why do we lose hair then? The answer lies in our hormones, here you'll learn more.

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Women on social media share their symptoms around menopause and support and advise each other. One of all these troublesome and bothersome symptoms is severe hair loss, resulting in stress and decreased well-being for those affected. The question many ask is "why am I losing so much hair?" and "what can I do about my hair loss?".

Why do we lose hair during menopause and perimenopause?

During perimenopause and menopause, women undergo hormonal changes, especially a decrease in estrogen production. These hormonal changes can affect the hair growth cycle. Normally, hair goes through three phases: growth phase, transitional phase, and resting phase. Estrogen helps to extend the growth phase and delay the transitional phase, resulting in thicker, healthier hair.

As estrogen levels decrease during perimenopause and menopause, the growth phase shortens and the transitional phase and resting phase extend. This can result in thinner hair and more prone to fall out, leading to increased hair loss. Other factors that can contribute to hair loss during this time include stress, nutritional deficiency and genetic factors.

It is important to note that while hair loss is common during perimenopause and menopause, other factors can also play a role, and it is always best to consult a doctor for a clinical assessment, accurate diagnosis, and possible treatment.

What can I do to reduce my hair loss?

There are various methods to manage and reduce hair loss. Many women seem to experience less hair loss during HRT (hormone replacement therapy) treatment than they did before the treatment.

Other methods that have proven effective in reducing hair loss include different medical treatments that include drugs which can help improve hair growth and prevent further hair loss. A balanced diet with nutrients important for hair health can help reduce hair loss. Examples of nutrients important for hair include protein, iron, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Here you can read more about tips for hair loss.

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