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Postmenopausal thinning hair: fact vs. fiction

Concerned about your hair’s future now that you’ve reached the menopause? We sort the fact from the fiction when it comes to the effects that menopause can have on your mane.

Postmenopausal thinning hair: fact vs. fiction

Hair becomes more brittle postmenopausal: TRUE

Some women notice a change in the strength and quality of their hair as they head into their 50s. Menopause causes an increase in the body’s androgen levels, resulting in thinner hair with a reduced growth cycle. This accumulation of hormonal and lifestyle changes makes it particularly important that you take care of your hair as you head out of the menopause.

Hormone changes mean thinning hair: TRUE-ISH

While many women report changes in their hair’s natural volume and thickness as they approach the menopause, don’t think that your 50s are synonymous with thinning hair! While it’s true that changing hormone levels can change follicle length and diameter[1], paying attention to your diet and lifestyle can have a positive effect on the quality of your hair. Making sure to eat enough protein - responsible for keratin production - and iron, which boosts blood flow, can help, as can regular exercise. A significant number of women report feeling more tired and/or fatigued before, during or after the menopause, with this lack of energy largely down to significant hormone adjustments within the body, making exercise even more essential to help deal with feelings of stress linked to tiredness.

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18844710/

Menopause makes hair fall out: FALSE

Hormonal changes can be responsible for hair loss in some cases. However, as explained above, women can report hair thinning or notice changes to their hair quality during menopause, without necessarily experiencing hair falling out. However, fatigue or stress can also be responsible for changes to your hair’s condition, including sporadic or long-term hair loss. If you notice that your hair is falling out, it may be worth visiting your doctor to rule out a potential thyroid disorder, as this can have a significant impact on hair loss.

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