Menopause and Hair Loss

Is it normal to lose a lot of head hair during menopause?

Menopause is a natural process that all women will experience during their lives. Due to fluctuating hormone levels, the body goes through many physical changes during menopause.

Like hot flashes, hair loss is a common symptom that occurs during menopause. Most women who notice menopausal hair loss do not have anything wrong with them medically. Some women may experience more extreme hair loss, known as female pattern hair loss (FPHL), where thinning occurs on the top and crown of the head.

Hair loss during menopause is most commonly attributed to changes in hormones. This type of hair loss occurs when levels of estrogen and progesterone (female hormones) fall during menopause. These hormones help hair grow and stay strong. When levels of estrogen and progesterone drop during menopause, the effects of androgens (male hormones) increase. As a result, hair grows at a much slower rate and hair follicles shrink, which produces weaker hair and ultimately causes hair loss. Other factors that may contribute to hair loss during menopause include: a genetic predisposition, high levels of stress, nutritional deficiencies, and some medications.

Hair loss is a very common symptom of menopause. However, if you are concerned about your hair loss, it is best to consult with your primary physician.

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