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Articles on Menopause & Perimenopause

Hair Loss in Women 

Two-thirds of all menopausal women deal
with thinning hair or bald spots!


When hormone levels drop, female pattern baldness can occur. This generally affects the forward crown area in diffuse thinning and along the top of the head. Women rarely get bald spots and hair loss is more diffuse. It is usually an overall thinning effect though women may have a receding hairline, too.

When progesterone and estrogen levels fall, the body responds by increasing production of androgens which convey male-like properties. During peri-menopause and menopause, testosterone combines with the enzyme 5 alpha reductase to create DHT which can cause female pattern baldness. DHT appears to make the follicles go into their "resting" phase faster. This causes the hairs produced by those follicles to become thinner and thinner with each growth cycle. Eventually follicles become smaller and can close up entirely.

When adrenal glands are compromised by stress, more androgens are made which can also lead to hair loss in women.

Hair loss on the head of a woman indicates low estrogen or progesterone.  Hair loss all over the body can indicate low thyroid.

Women rarely lose their hair due to a genetic predisposition; instead it is usually caused by hormonal imbalance and other cyclical shifts such as during/after pregnancy, postmenopausal trauma, birth control side-effects, or adrenal dysfunction. Do not despair….hair is amazingly adaptive and can be restored!

IS THIS YOU? The causes of thinning hair or hair loss in women:

  • Progesterone or Estrogen deficiency – hair loss on head                          
  • Childbirth
  • Starting or stopping birth control pills
  • Essential Fatty Acids deficiency (EFAs)
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Severe stress
  • Hypothyroidism— Diffuse hair loss everywhere
  • Low cortisol
  • Protein deficiency (common with vegetarian diets)
  • Anorexia or bulimia
  • Anti-depressants
  • Anti-cholesterol drugs
  • Blood thinners
  • Blood pressure meds
  • Harsh commercial shampoos
  • Perms, hair color, bleach, blow-drying, and improper combing/brushing

Treatments for Hair Restoration:

  • The use of a natural progesterone creme can help stop hair loss and help women regain the hair they lost. Since hair growth is a slow process, it may take 4-6 months for your positive results to be apparent. Hair can become thicker, too.
  • Estrogen may be needed in addition to progesterone. Try a creme that contains both Natural Progesterone and Estriol or Estradiol.
  • If you are losing hair on your head and growing it on your face, your adrenal glads may be maing too muchh male hormone and not enough cortisol. Cortisol lowers the male hormone and helps the adrenal glads to function optimally.
  • Essential Fatty Acids. If you have hair loss you need EFA's!
  • Folic Acid makes hair grow faster and helps prevent the graying of hair.
  • B Vitamins are absolutely essential for thick hair.
  • Black Cohosh helps regulate estrogen levels and helps hair restoration
  • L-Tyrosine helps to strengthen hair and can even help hair regain its natural color. L-Tyrosine is helpful when hair loss is due to hypo-thyroidism.
  • Iodine can help reverse hair loss that is due to a sluggish thyroid.
  • In you have an oily scalp with thinning hair, frequent shampooing is advised. Shampooing can reduce surface sebum, which contains high levels of testosterone and DHT that affect the hair follicle. Find a good stimulating shampoo and massage into scalp. It will stimulate the follicles to open up, promoting hair growth.