Menopause and Hair Loss Affects 40 Percent of Women

Concerned woman holding hair and looking at hair brushFor many women, their hair plays a huge role in their identity. How hair is styled, whether it is short or long, or whether it is worn straight or curly can all be representations of a woman’s personality and major contributing factors to her self-esteem and overall confidence. However, for 40 percent of women who have gone through menopause, hair thinning and noticeable hair loss will occur. At True & Dorin Medical Group, with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Boston, Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Robert H. True can provide state-of-the-art hair restoration for patients experiencing menopause and hair loss

Menopause, Hormones, and Hair Loss

Some women will notice slower hair growth and increased shedding in the years leading up to menopause. Although most will experience more dramatic thinning afterward, it is not uncommon for hair loss and thinning to occur beforehand as well. During both perimenopause and menopause, estrogen levels will dramatically decrease while the effects of androgens increases. This combination can result in failing hair follicles, which leads to female pattern hair loss (FPHL).

Other Contributing Factors

Not all cases of hair loss can be contributed solely to hormonal changes. Other contributing factors may include:

  • Age: Natural aging plays a role in both female and male pattern hair loss.
  • Genetics: Genes from the mother and father can contribute to thinning and balding. 
  • Stress: Physical and emotional stress can interfere with the natural phases of hair growth.
  • Iron Deficiency: Healthy hair follicles require necessary minerals, so deficiencies in iron can cause the hair to enter the telogen, or resting, phase.
  • Dieting: Since menopause can lead to weight gain, patients may restrict their diet. A reduction in foods containing certain vitamins and nutrients may cause hair to go into a resting stage.
  • Medications: Certain types of medications can cause hair follicles to prematurely enter the resting phase, causing hair to fall out.

In contrast to male pattern baldness, women tend to experience more subtle signs of hair loss. Oftentimes, thinning occurs over a larger area of the scalp. This can make it more difficult to notice until excessive shedding occurs while brushing or in the shower.

Discover the Treatment That is Right for You

Although your primary physician may recommend medications to improve the effects of menopause, these may not be sufficient to prevent hair loss. Fortunately, with improvements in hair restoration technology and techniques, we can deliver a safe and effective method to help you regrow your natural hair.

Our doctors understand how important it is for women to maintain their beautiful hair throughout their lifetime. We can provide personally tailored treatment to meet your unique needs.

Dr. True and Dr. Dorin are skilled in the most advanced hair restoration treatments available. Depending on the severity of your hair loss, we may suggest a surgical treatment such as follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE), or provide a further evaluation to determine if a non-surgical approach would be more effective. 

Safe, Successful, and Professional Care

Our doctors understand how important it is for women to maintain their beautiful hair throughout their lifetime. If you would like to learn more about your options, please message us online or give us a call at (866) 629-0866.