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Menopause

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Hair loss during menopause is usually a direct result of fluctuating hormone levels.
Two main hormones are involved in hair growth:

  • Oestrogen
  • Testosterone

  • In oestrogenic alopecia, the most common type of hair loss for menopausal women, hair loss is directly attributed to a fall in oestrogen levels. Oestrogen helps hair grow faster and stay on the head longer, leading to thicker, healthier hair.

    Oestrogen is not the only hormone that comes into play menopausal hair loss. Androgens, or male hormones, increase as oestrogen levels decrease. This causes androgenic alopecia, another form of hair loss. An androgen known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT), appears to bind to hair follicles and force them to go into their “resting” phases, or telogen, sooner than normal, causing the new hairs to grow ever thinner with each cycle of hair growth. Testosterone also shrinks hair follicles, causing hair loss on the head but a greater production of hair on the face.

    It is not only hormones that can cause a decrease in hair production during menopause; there are a number of other causes that can lead to hair loss. These are elucidated below

    Other Causes

    For menopausal women, the cause of hair loss is to a great extent, partially hormonal. Some other common causes for hair loss during menopause include medical, psychological, or lifestyle triggers.

     

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