Hair loss or hair thinning is a common concern during menopause
As a woman progresses through menopause she can experience imbalances in her hair health, from increased dryness and brittleness to thinning and hair loss.
What is the cause of hair loss in menopause?
Hair loss or thinning in menopause is usually caused by a direct result of fluctuating hormone levels. However, there are many other factors that may also play a role in hair loss during menopause, including stress, illness or lack of nutrients.
What are the types of hair loss associated with menopause?
Two main hormones are involved in hair growth: estrogen and testosterone. Estrogenic alopecia is hair loss iresulting from declining estrogen levels because estrogen helps hair grow faster and stay on the head longer, leading to thicker, healthier hair. This is the most common type of hair loss amongst menopausal women. A decrease in estrogen also triggers an increase in the production of androgens, or a group of male hormones. Androgens shrink hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on the head. This is referred to as androgenic alopecia.