Hair loss can often be confusing, especially given its usual association with men. Women going through menopause may notice their hair no longer looks nor feels quite how it used to and become disconcerted about the amount of hair starting to appear in their hairbrush. In fact, hair loss is a common complaint among menopausal women and can usually be addressed easily. Read over the following information for more information about effectively stopping hair loss in menopause.
Why Am I Losing My Hair?
Noticeable thinning of the scalp hair occurs in about 50% of women by the age of 50. This hair thinning is a common (and natural) sign of aging as women experience a reduction in the production of estrogen hormones as a result of menopause. Women are predisposed to general thinning, while men have genetically predisposed receptors located in certain areas which results in male pattern baldness.
Hair loss over time is caused by fluctuating hormone levels. Estrogen helps hair grow faster and stay longer, so naturally when estrogen decreases during menopause, hair is lost at faster rate than grown. However, if hair loss is sudden, blood tests should be conducted in order to rule out excessive levels of androgen, another hormone important for hair production. Now that you know the causes of hair loss, strategies to stop it are much easier to adopt.
How Can I Stop Hair Loss?
There are many ways to relieve hair loss, and most of them don't involve medication or doctors, just simple changes in lifestyle.
Exercise regularly. A few hours a week is enough is help balance your body and your hormone levels
Eat healthy. Fruits, fiber, and complex carbohydrates are ideal for giving you hair all the necessary vitamins to stay healthy.
Keep hydrated. Make sure that you're drinking plenty of water.
Avoid harmful hair products. Hair dyes, bleach, and some other hair products can actually be harmful to your hair, damaging it and making it brittle.
Avoid stressing your hair. Heated products, such as curling irons and straighteners, can weaken your hair and cause it to fall out. Wearing you hair in a overly tight bun or pulling on it can also put undue stress on your hair and make it fall out.
Try alternative medicines or herbal remedies if symptoms persist. Many herbal remedies can help stimulate hormone production or contain essential nutrient for your hair.
Talk to your doctor. Some prescription medications may worsen hair loss, and occasionally hair loss has causes other than menopause, which should be rules out.
Click on the following link to know more about specific treatments for stopping hair loss.
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