Perimenopause is when the body begins transitioning into the menopausal state. It can problematic because of the variety of symptoms associated with it, including significant hair thinning and even hair loss. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments for hair loss during perimenopause.
Conventional Hair Loss Treatments
There are a number of ways to try and treat thinning and brittle hair, such as:
A few simple lifestyle alterations can aid a woman in combating hair loss.
Maintaining a balanced diet, full of protein, and vitamins A, B, and C. This ensures that your hair is getting all the essential nutrients it needs to be healthy.
Stress relieving activities. These can help calm your body, meaning that less stress related hormones are produced and your body can be more balanced. Taking a bath, reading, yoga, and relaxing with friends are all good ways to relieve stress.
Exercise. Doing a few hours of exercise a week can help keep your body healthy, your hormones stable, and your mind relaxed.
Avoid harsh hair products. Bleaches, some kinds of hair dyes, and other strong chemicals can cause your hair to weaken and become brittle, breaking easily. Try to avoid using any of these products if possible.
Avoid stressing your hair. Pulling your hair back too tight can snap already weakened hairs.
- Don't use heat based straighteners and curlers. The heat can snap and break your hair.
Alternative treatments for hair loss and other symptoms of perimenopause are numerous and can be helpful for some. Hormone-regulating supplements nourish the hormonal glands to support natural and balanced hormone production. Some women also claim that acupuncture can help alleviate menopause symptoms, though this hasn't been scientifically proven.
More Information on Hair Loss Treatments
Perimenopause affects all women differently, but for women who are enduring hair thinning or loss, any of the above premenopausal treatments for hair loss 'or a combination' could be an effective solution. Whether a woman chooses to undergo HRT or practice lifestyle changes complemented by herbal treatments, she can take control of her body and regain a healthy head of hair to be proud of.
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- "Womens Hair Loss". The American Hair Loss Association. www.americanhairloss.org.