Hair Loss In Menopause

It's normal to shed hair on a daily basis, but during menopause, you may notice that you lose more hair than usual, your hair comes out in clumps r you have small patches of baldness on the scalp.

Why am I losing my hair?

Menopause can cause increased hair loss because of falling levels of oestrogen; oestrogen is closely linked to hair growth and a reduction in levels can cause hair to become thinner and less plentiful. As oestrogen levels fall, testosterone levels may increase and this may also cause facial hair to grow. Sometimes, other factors, which may or may not be linked to menopause, such as anxiety and stress, can also result in hair loss.

What can I do to prevent hair loss?

Sometimes, it's impossible to prevent hair loss, but there are some simple steps you can take to try and protect your hair, including taking good care of your hair (washing it gently, avoiding harsh chemicals and cutting down on blow drying and heat styling), eating well, drinking plenty of water and avoiding stressful situations as best you can.

There are medical treatments available for hair loss and your GP can talk you through some options. They may also recommend hormone replacement treatment (HRT).

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