Changes in fingernails

Dry and brittle nails are a common sign of menopause

Brittle nails occur naturally with age and following hormonal changes. Nails feel dry, break, split or chip easily and develop ridges and colour changes.

The causes of brittle nails

Changes in nail health can happen for a variety of reasons but for women in menopause the most likely cause is hormonal fluctuation and the declining levels of estrogen. Other causes are dietary issues and diseases such as anemia, infection, liver disease and thyroid problems.