Menopausal hair loss causes and treatments explained
As you get older, you may find that your hair is falling out more and your hair is getting thinner. During menopause, hair loss may increase due to hormonal imbalance.
So, in this article, we will introduce you to how to prevent hair loss that comes with menopause.
How long does menopausal hair loss last
Menopausal hair loss varies greatly from person to person, and it is not possible to say how long it will last.
This is because the cause of hair loss is not only a decrease in female hormones. Just as some women do not suffer from hair loss during menopause, the causes of menopausal hair loss are not limited to the decrease in female hormones.
In addition, multiple factors may overlap, making it difficult to determine the cause. To prevent hair loss during menopause, it is important to have basic lifestyle habits and suitable scalp and hair care.
Can menopausal hair loss be cured?
There are treatments for hair loss in menopausal women.
In the treatment of hair loss, topical application of the hair growth ingredient minoxidil is common. It has been confirmed to have a hair growth effect, and its usefulness is also recognized in the treatment of thinning hair in women.
Also, recently, a thinning hair treatment for women called Pantogar is sometimes used. Pantogar is an internal medicine originating in Germany that contains nutrients necessary for hair growth and activates the growth phase of the hair cycle.
Women's hair loss treatments are available at specialized medical institutions. If hair loss is severe or does not stop, please consult a medical institution1).
When going to the hospital for menopausal hair loss, go to a medical institution
When you go to the hospital for menopausal hair loss, we recommend that you first visit a dermatologist, an internal medicine clinic, or a clinic that specializes in thinning hair. In addition to hair loss, if you have symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and sweating, please consult a gynecologist.
You can measure the concentration of female hormones and receive appropriate treatment. Imbalances in thyroid hormones can also cause hair loss. Thyroid levels can be measured with a blood test.
In the case of hair loss due to excess thyroid hormone, appropriate treatment may improve hair loss. Hair thinning treatment clinics can identify the cause of hair loss in women and provide more specialized treatment tailored to the individual.
Possible causes of hair loss other than menopause
In fact, the decrease in female hormones due to menopause is not the only cause of hair loss.
We will explain in detail other causes of hair loss, precautions in daily life, and measures against hair loss.
If you are concerned about hair loss or hair loss, please refer to it.
It is said that "accumulation of stress causes hair loss", but in fact, you need to be careful. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is known to affect the function of the skin tissue that surrounds the hair root and the regulation of the hair growth cycle2).
When stress accumulates, poor blood circulation in the scalp and disturbance of the hair cycle occur, making it difficult for the nutrients necessary for hair growth to reach the hair, leading to hair loss.
If you feel stressed, you need early care.
Unbalanced diet and lack of exercise
Unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep can also lead to hair loss. If your body is not healthy, you cannot grow healthy hair. Therefore, unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep can also contribute to hair loss.
The main component of hair is a protein called keratin. A lack of protein causes disordered hair synthesis (hair fragility), hair weakness, and hair loss3).
Vitamin C, B vitamins, and vitamin A also affect the condition of hair3). The minerals that affect hair growth are mainly zinc and iron3).
To prevent hair loss, it is important to be conscious of the intake of protein, vitamins A/B/C, iron, and zinc, and to have a well-balanced diet.
In order to create healthy hair, it is also important to deliver blood and nutrients to the hair. Promoting blood circulation with moderate exercise leads to healthy hair.
In addition, lack of sleep disrupts the functioning of the autonomic nervous system, and further weakens the secretion of female hormones, resulting in hair loss. At night, it is important to create a state of relaxation, sleep well, and secure adequate sleep time.
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Shampoo and styling products you use
The shampoo and styling products you use can also be the cause of your hair loss.
Shampoos have different cleansing power depending on the cleaning ingredients they contain. If you continue to use a shampoo that does not suit your scalp, it will put a strain on your scalp and hair, and it may lead to hair loss, so be careful. It is recommended that you choose a shampoo that suits your scalp and hair condition.
It is also known that blow-drying, straightening, using curling irons, and perming damage hair4). If you are concerned about hair loss, it is safer to do it sparingly, such as leaving a period of time.
The cells that make up hair require a lot of blood and nutrients. Scalp massage promotes blood circulation in the scalp, and the stimulation of the scalp itself works on cells, which is effective in preventing hair loss and hair growth.
Most hair restorers contain ingredients that promote blood circulation. If you start to worry about hair loss, one way to take care of it is to use a hair restorer containing active ingredients.
Incorporating Chinese herbal medicine may lead to alleviation of various symptoms
Taking herbal medicine is also effective for painful menopausal symptoms. Kampo medicine comprehensively reviews various things such as the person's constitution and lifestyle, and gradually improves symptoms from the inside of the body. There are various herbal medicines, but the herbal medicines that are effective for menopausal symptoms are as follows.
- Kamishoyosan: Depression, irritation, hot flashes, hot flashes, etc.
- Toki shakuyakusan: Tendency to coldness and anemia
- Keishibukuryogan: Hot flashes, headache, lower abdominal pain, etc.
There are individual differences in menopausal symptoms, and it is necessary to take Chinese herbal medicine that matches the symptoms . Kampo medicine gradually improves the symptoms, so it is easy to incorporate it into your life, so if you want to alleviate the symptoms little by little, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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Here are the reasons why hair loss increases during menopause and how to prevent it.
There are many possible causes, such as hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, stress, and damage. First of all, why don't you know your condition by taking a hormone test, find the measures that suit you, and put them into practice?
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4) Ram H Malkani.Hair Styling Procedures and Hair Morphology:A Clinico-Microscopic Comparison Study.2020 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32832441/