Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Menopausal Changes (2)

Previous Page
Hair all over the body can change in texture and quantity during menopause. For some women, the increased effects of the body's androgens can result in darker, thicker and wiry body hair on the pubis, underarms, face, chest, lower abdomen, and back. This sprouting of excess, coarse hair, known as hirsutism, is usually related to hormonal changes. However, not all cases of hirsutism are menopause-related, so check with your physician for proper diagnosis if the changes seem excessive compared to similar reactions in older female family members.
The softer hair on your head also begins to change in texture as you get older, and menopause causes further change. A loss of luster occurs because individual hair shafts begin to thin and dry as a result of hormonal changes. The replacement process for normal daily hair loss becomes slower, and new replacement hair is generally dryer, with less shine. Many women also note a thinning of pubic and underarm hair after menopause. Female baldness, a rare problem, may begin about age forty. See a dermatologist if hair loss persists or seems excessive when compared to older, female family members.
Changes in hair texture and thickness can be minimized by avoiding over-styling. Good nutrition can also slow the brittleness of hair that comes with normal aging.
Menopause and Hair Loss
One of the reasons that hair loss can occur in women who are going through the change of life is that the thyroid may be functioning on a low level - often referred to as hypothyroidism. The thyroid is a gland that all of us have, and it controls the function of the various glands and cells in our bodies. This means that the growth, metabolism, and the repair of those cells and glands are affected. Naturally, if a woman is experiencing hypothyroidism during menopause, the rate in which the hair grows is affected. For this reason, if you experience what seems to be greater hair loss during menopause than other female family members have undergone, you should consult your doctor to have your thyroid levels checked.
Many women experience hair loss during menopause as a result of fluctuations of the major hormones of the body. Hormones also play a vital role in the proper growth of hair and other types of cells in the body. Not only can hormonal fluctuations lead to hair loss, but the texture and condition of the hair are more likely affected by these changes. When there are many increases and decreases in the hormone levels, hair loss may become evident. For many women, hair thinning may be an issue that occurs. Many doctors can prescribe drug treatment therapies for this issue.
Hormone replacement is a common treatment when hair loss is caused from these hormones. Many women may experience issues with the scalp, or even basic dermatological conditions when they experience menopause. Common among these is dryness, and increased sensitivity, which requires the use of gentle cleansers and hydrating conditioners to moisturize both the hair and scalp.
The body changes in many different ways when a woman experiences menopause. With these various changes, the scalp and the basic dermatology of the skin may become slightly different. There are not only physical changes to be dealt with, but these physical changes become stressful.
Many women experience large amounts of stress when they experience menopause. This can also result in hair thinning and hair loss in menopause, as stress has long been shown to affect the growth pattern of the hair. In addition to the stress that is experienced as a result of the change of life in a female, other situations may increase stress. It is therefore really important to have a good support system in place.
Stacy - Master Cosmetologist
Related posts:
Hair and the aging woman
Changes in hair when we age