Hair loss and menopause

Hair loss is a distressing symptom of menopause, and it can lead to low confidence. I will look at the causes, offer some natural solutions and homeopathic remedies for you to consider.

Some women notice that their hair becomes thinner or patchy at menopause. For most women, it’s not as dramatic as male hair loss but it can be a very sensitive subject that can affect confidence. Most women experience overall hair thinning rather than noticeable bald spots. The thinning can occur on the front, sides, or top of the head. Hair may also fall out in large clumps during brushing and showering.

Why we lose hair during menopause?

Hair loss during menopause is the result of a hormonal imbalance. Specifically, it’s related to a lowered production of oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones help hair grow faster and stay on the head for longer periods of time. When the levels of oestrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner. A decrease in these hormones also triggers an increase in the production of androgens (a group of male hormones). Androgens shrink hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on the head. In some cases, however, these hormones can cause hair to grow on the face.

Hormone change is the main cause of hair loss for women at midlife. Other factors can also lead to hair loss for women during menopause. For example, high-stress levels, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, poor hydration and insomnia can be contributors.  Diagnostic blood tests that can help rule out other causes of hair loss include thyroid tests for an underactive thyroid.

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Simple steps for you to consider

  • Nutrition

Eating a balanced diet is your best defense against hair loss. Make sure you include an adequate amount of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and proteins in every meal. Consider consulting a nutritionist to see if you might be deficient in certain nutrients that are vital to hormone balance and hair health, for example, B Vitamins, Zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids. Look for foods high in those and try to include them in your diet. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, avoid sugary drinks. Aim for 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day.

  • Reduce stress

It’s important to keep your stress levels in check to prevent a hormonal imbalance. Hormonal changes at menopause can affect brain chemistry and cause mood swings, anxiety, and depression. However, doing yoga and other breathing relaxation methods are especially effective in fighting menopausal symptoms. Exercising regularly can also help reduce stress.

  • Keep it natural

To prevent drying and breakage, it’s best to stay away from heat tools, such as hairdryers and straighteners. Extensions and other styling methods can also weaken your hair and cause early hair loss. If you must dye your hair, choose an all-natural hair color. Artificial chemicals found in dyes and perms can compromise your scalp and hair health. When you wash your hair, use natural shampoos and conditioners. It may be a good idea to use a natural nourishing mask once in a week or as often as needed.

If you swim, make sure to wear a swimming cap, as chlorine can contribute to hair breakage. When out in the sun or the wind for extended periods of time, it’s important to wear a hat to protect your hair from drying and breakage.

  • Get enough sleep

Sleep helps all our bodily functions and allows the body to build, repair and restore. Have a calming bed-time routine such as a lavender bath, avoid stress and technology before bed and try to sleep in a darkened room. More on sleep you can find here. Healthy sleep will help to rebalance hormones and nourish the adrenal glands. The adrenals are the glands that produce stress hormones like cortisol and the sex hormones during menopause.

  • Medications

Some medications have side effects that include hair loss. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing significant hair loss and you think that is connected to your medications. Your doctor might be able to switch you over to another type of medicine without side effects affecting the hair.

Homeopathy for hair loss during menopause

To support the hair on a cellular level often Tissue salts are recommended. The combination K which contains Kali sullph, Nat. mur, and Silica in 6x potency and is taken 4 times a day is the one that is used the most. In some cases where there may be problems with absorption or nourishment sometimes a combination of all tissue salts is given.

Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine. When a homeopathic remedy fits the person’s symptoms, it will help to resolve a wide variety of symptoms including hair loss. The key is the remedy to be similar to the patients’ symptoms. The homeopath will choose the indicated treatment after 60 to 90 minutes of consultation.

A big hormonal remedy with a symptom of hair loss during menopause is Sepia. This remedy suits people that are exhausted from too many obligations, feel indifferent to the loved ones and may have low libido.

Other homeopathic remedies indicated for ‘falling out of hair from the head’ are Barita carb, Phosphorus, Silica, Zink.

Sometimes remedies made from hormones are considered like Progesterone, Oestrogen, Testosterone. When given in 6C potency daily, they do help to regulate the hormones. This is done when the remedy picture fits the person.

For best results and an individualised treatment of your menopausal symptoms, I recommend that you consult a qualified homeopath. The homeopathic treatment is wholistic and will involve all of your symptoms.

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Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of your physician or health care provider.

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