Reasons for thinning hair during menopause, measures and treatments
Women may experience thinning hair during menopause. If thinning hair gets worse, it will affect the appearance, so some people may want to do something about thinning hair.
There are treatments that can be expected to be effective for menopausal thinning hair. So, let’s take a closer look at the causes, treatments, and countermeasures for thinning hair during menopause. If you are suffering from menopausal thinning hair, please refer to it.
Find out in this article
- Reasons for hair loss during menopause
- Treatment for thinning hair due to menopause
- Measures against thinning hair due to menopause
Why does menopause cause hair loss
The cause of hair loss during menopause is a reduction in female hormones. A decrease in female hormones causes various symptoms in the female body, but the following four symptoms are particularly responsible for hair loss.
- dry scalp
- thinning hair
- Hair loses luster
- disturbed hair cycle
These menopausal symptoms cause menopausal thinning hair.
During menopause, not only do female hormones decrease, but the quality of the scalp and hair also changes with age. Keep in mind that aging has a big impact on menopausal thinning hair.
Can menopausal thinning hair be cured?
As mentioned earlier, menopausal thinning hair is affected not only by the decrease in female hormones but also by aging, so it is not possible to say unconditionally how long it will last because it varies from person to person. Some people may be worried about menopausal thinning hair, but there are effective treatments. Here are some treatments worth trying:
Treatment for thinning hair due to menopause
There are several treatments for thinning hair due to menopause. Here are the main treatments.
- Hair restorer (minoxidil)
- Pantogar placenta injection
- herbs and supplements
We will explain the characteristics of each treatment method in detail, so please refer to it when deciding which treatment method to choose.
Use of hair restorer
Hair restorers are effective for menopausal thinning hair. There are various hair restorers on the market, but we recommend a hair restorer that contains minoxidil. By using a hair restorer containing minoxidil, it can be expected to have a direct effect on the hair follicles, resulting in hair growth and hair growth.
Some hair restorers are commercially available and can be purchased at drugstores or mail order for around 5,000 yen .
Pantogar is used to treat thinning hair in women. Pantogar contains many ingredients necessary for hair growth, and its effectiveness against thinning hair in women has been confirmed in clinical trials. Pantogar is not commercially available, so if you want to use it, please consult a clinic or hospital that specializes in thinning hair treatment.
As with Pantogar, placenta injections may improve thinning hair by replenishing the necessary nutrients. Placenta injections are covered by insurance for treatment of menopausal symptoms, and the fee is about 1000 yen per time.
Taking Kampo and Supplements
Some herbal remedies are effective for menopausal thinning hair. Kampo medicines that can be expected to be effective for menopausal thinning hair are Samtake Hoketsugan, Fubo Tokigyo B, and Juzen Taihoto. It is necessary to choose a Kampo medicine that matches your symptoms and constitution, so if you are considering taking Kampo medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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As for supplements, hair growth supplements containing placenta are on sale. You can expect the effect of supporting hair growth, but it is not a therapeutic drug, so it is recommended to use it only as a support for other thinning hair treatments and for thinning hair prevention.
Thinning hair due to menopause | Use shampoo correctly
Shampoo that you usually do is also very related to thinning hair, and if you don't shampoo in the right way, it will cause thinning hair. Here's how to shampoo properly.
- Brush the hair in advance and wash it thoroughly with water.
- Pre-lather the shampoo in your palm and wash from the neckline to the forehead.
- Rinse in the opposite direction of hair flow.
- Dry your scalp with a hair dryer.
Be sure to rinse thoroughly, as leftovers can cause scalp problems. Hair dryers are also considered to cause damage to the hair and scalp, but drying hair 15 cm away from the hair dryer causes less damage than natural drying1).
Regardless of menopause, proper hair washing methods that are gentle on the hair and proper nutritional supplements that improve the condition of the scalp are essential for measures against thinning hair.
Try to keep your hormones in balance by maintaining a regular lifestyle, such as eating a well-balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly .
In terms of diet, it is recommended that you eat a meal rich in protein, which builds hair, and also consciously take vitamins (vitamin B group, vitamin A, etc.) and minerals (iron, zinc) to balance your hormones2).
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For thinning hair due to menopause, go to a clinic specializing in thinning hair treatment
If you are suffering from thinning hair due to menopause, please consult a clinic that specializes in thinning hair treatment. If you are having trouble with menopausal symptoms, it is recommended that you consult a gynecologist.
There are several causes of thinning hair in women other than menopause, and the treatment varies depending on the cause. It's hard to find out the cause by yourself, so i recommend you to consult your doctor first to find out the cause.
Thinning hair due to reasons other than menopause
In addition to menopause, women may experience symptoms of thinning hair due to stress and lifestyle changes.
Mental stress is also known to cause thinning hair3).
FAGA (female androgenetic alopecia) is especially common in women over the age of 40, and it develops due to a decrease in female hormones, just like thinning hair during menopause. FAGA is characterized by the fact that the hair becomes thin overall, and the hair becomes soft and thick, so that the background becomes transparent.
In addition, chronic telogen effluvium caused by various factors such as stress, and seborrheic alopecia caused by disordered eating habits and unwashed hair are considered.
In order to prevent thinning hair, try to live a stress-free life.
During menopause, women experience symptoms of thinning hair due to a decrease in female hormones. You can also prevent thinning hair by living a regular life to balance hormones and washing your hair properly every day .
However, there are various causes of thinning hair other than menopause, and it is very difficult to identify the cause of thinning hair by yourself. To determine the cause, we recommend that you consult your doctor first.
1) Yoonhee Lee.Hair Shaft Damage from Heat and Drying Time of Hair Dryer.2011 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3229938/
2) Zuzanna Sabina Goluch-Koniuszy.Nutrition of women with hair loss problem during the period of menopause.2016 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4828511/
3) Erling Thom.Stress and the Hair Growth Cycle: Cortisol-Induced Hair Growth Disruption.2016 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27538002/