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Does the Menopause Cause Hair Loss?


Changes in hormone levels can affect the hair at various stages in a women’s life. Pregnancy, childbirth and the menopause all have a significant impact on hormonal balance, and fluctuations can manifest in symptoms such as hair loss, which can be very distressing.

Hormonal ups and downs frequently begin in the early forties. This stage is called the perimenopause, and can last until the menopause tapers off in the mid fifties. Testosterone, which is involved in fluctuations in hair growth, is generally regulated by another hormone, oestrogen. During the perimenopause, oestrogen production gradually declines, allowing testosterone to be converted into its more potent form. This can inhibit hair growth, and women may experience thinning hair as a result.

Hormone replacement therapy increases oestrogen levels and therefore can benefit menopausal symptoms, but HRT has other medical implications and many women prefer to opt for natural supplements instead. Soy isoflavones contain phytoestrogens, which can mimic the effects of oestrogen, although it may not address the underlying imbalance. A healthy diet is also valuable in supporting the body through a smooth hormonal transition.

Hair loss can have many different causes, and may get worse if left untreated, so it is wise to seek professional advice as soon as possible. The specialists at the Belgravia Centre are experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of hair loss conditions, using clinically proven medications that stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth.

To book a free consultation with one of our hair specialists who can assess your individual needs and design an effective treatment programme, call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively you can complete the online diagnostic form for advice on a home-use treatment course, available worldwide.

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