During the menopause transition, many experience hair thinning, loss, and brittleness. However, there are ways to combat this symptom.
Causes of Hair Loss
Menopause is not the only reason for hair loss. Always check with your doctor to make sure you don't have an underlying health condition responsible for the change in your hair. Causes of hair loss include:
- Birth control pills
- Protein deficiency
Additionally, if you've undergone or are undergoing certain medical procedures, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy, you may experience hair loss. Talk to your doctor if you've had a procedure recently and see if that might be the cause of your hair loss.
Hair Loss Treatments
There are a variety of treatments available for hair loss.
Fairly simple changes like ensuring proper nutrition can help maintain hair. Some simple changes include:
Eating right. Protein deficiency can cause hair loss, so consume of meat, legumes, soy, or dietary supplements.
Avoid harsh hair products. Many hair products such as dyes and bleaches can damage already weakened hair and make it more brittle and more likely to fall out. Try to avoid excess harmful chemicals where possible.
Avoid heat based hair stylers. Heat based curlers and straighteners can weaken hair and cause it to fall out quicker.
- Careful how you style your hair. Pulling you hair back too harshly may cause it to fall out quicker, so be gentle with it.
For women who unable to treat hair loss through lifestyle changes alone, a number of herbal supplements are available.
Phytoestrogenic supplements. These herbs introduce plant-based estrogen into the body. Estrogen imbalance is often at the root of menopausal hair loss, so boosting declining estrogen levels often alleviates menopausal symptoms. Although phytoestrogenic herbs can be effective in treating hair loss, you should always research each herb and ensure that it's safe for you given your medical history and that it has no adverse side effects.
- Hormone-regulating herbal supplements. These herbs don't contain estrogen, but help the body combat hair loss by encouraging the body to produce more of its own naturally-occurring hormones.
For many, a combination of lifestyle changes and herbal supplements is the best solution for hair loss. If you're ever concerned about your hair loss, or believe it may be caused by a separate, underlying condition instead of menopause, contact a doctor. Click on the following link to learn more about hair loss treatments.
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