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Is my hair thinning because of menopause?

March 21, 2024

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Hair, skin and nails get super dry in menopause and perimenopause. You are not imagining it. That's why I asked Dr. Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist from New York City, to join me and discuss a topic many of us are curious about: hair thinning during menopause.

Is Menopause Changing My Hair?

Dr. Day knows that hair thinning is not just a physical issue but an emotional one. Our hair is deeply connected to our self-esteem and perceptions of health and fertility. During menopause, experiencing hair thinning can be particularly distressing and can significantly affect our self-image.

Understanding Hair Loss in Menopause

Various factors contribute to hair thinning in menopause. Hormonal changes play a significant role, but there are also other causes like genetic predispositions and stress. Interestingly, Dr. Day points out that our daily hair loss, which can seem alarming, is often within the normal range.

Recognizing Different Types of Hair Loss

Dr. Day emphasizes that it's crucial to understand the type of hair loss you're experiencing. Common types include:

Stress-Induced Hair Shedding: Known as telogen effluvium, this type of hair loss can occur after a major stress event and typically shows a delay in shedding.

Menopause-Related Changes: Hormonal imbalances during menopause can lead to hair thinning, particularly in certain patterns like the temples.

How To Treat Menopause Hair Loss

Dr. Day offers several tips and treatment options for managing hair thinning:

Minimize Stress: Stress can exacerbate hair loss, so finding ways to reduce stress is important.

Consider Topical Treatments: Minoxidil (Rogaine) is FDA-approved for hair regrowth and can be effective in women.

Balancing Hormones: Hormone replacement therapy can be an option for some, but it's important to consult a healthcare professional to understand the risks and benefits.

Diet and Nutrition: Maintaining a balanced diet and ensuring adequate nutrient intake can support hair health.

Professional Evaluation: Seeing a dermatologist for a proper evaluation can help in diagnosing the type of hair loss and determining the best course of action.

Hair Growth in Unwanted Places

An intriguing aspect of hormonal changes during menopause is hair growth in unwanted areas. Dr. Day suggests that if you experience unusual hair growth, it's wise to get evaluated for underlying conditions like PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).

Skin Care and Collagen Loss in Menopause

Beyond hair, Dr. Day also touches upon skin care during menopause, noting the significant loss of collagen post-menopause. She recommends sun protection, hydration, and topical treatments like retinol to support skin health.

Final Thoughts

Dr. Day's insights remind us that while hair thinning can be a challenging aspect of menopause, there are numerous ways to manage and treat it. Understanding the causes of your hair loss and exploring various treatments can lead to positive results.
For more expert advice on navigating menopause, including managing skin and hair changes, check out the rest of our Menopause Masterclass series.

Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized medical advice.

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