Being a woman comes with a variety of hormonal changes that you’ll see throughout your lifetime. So, it’s essential to know that when your hormones change, you often encounter effects that you should be aware of.
One defining moment of a woman’s life is menopause. And the symptoms of menopause can, of course, affect each woman differently. Whether it’s hot flashes, sleep issues, or mood swings, you’re bound to experience some traits out of the norm.
One change that many women experience but are not as well-known is hair loss. Losing your hair during menopause is not an indicator of something wrong, but it can be pretty shocking to many.
Here, we’ll take an in-depth look into menopausal hair loss and give some tips on what you can do to help handle it. YOUR HAIR GROWTH CYCLE
Don’t panic if you start to see hair loss during menopause; it’s completely normal. Over 50% of women experience hair loss, and factors such as age, genetic factors, and diet play a role in experiencing hair loss during or after menopause.
However, the main reason for hair loss during menopause is the declining levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body.
Estrogen and progesterone are responsible for keeping your hair in the growing phase, which causes it to grow quicker and stay on your head longer. But when those hormonal levels drop, you’ll see your hair grow at a slower rate, along with more noticeable hair loss.
Your body also creates more androgens during menopause due to the lack of estrogen and progesterone. Androgens shrink your hair follicles, which leads to hair loss. Ironically, androgens can also increase hair growth in other parts of your body, such as on your face.
To better understand androgens and the different hair growth stages, check out our blog here regarding everything you need to know about the hair growth cycle!
The Four Stages of Hair Growth
As we’ve said before, daily hair loss is average so, it could be somewhat challenging to determine when the actual hair loss process begins. But you know your body and your hair, so it will likely become more evident to you at some point.
If you’re noticing excessive breakage or more hair falling out than usual, consider talking to a doctor about menopausal hair loss. You can monitor it by paying attention to if you see more hair on your pillow, in the shower, on the floor, or in your hairbrush. And don’t worry, you shouldn’t expect to see sudden hair loss! Menopausal hair loss takes time and usually begins at your part-line and thinning at the front of the scalp.