Women have to go through menopause. While it’s a normal phase of womanhood, there are just some physical and internal changes that a menopausal woman goes through during this new chapter of her life. She may go through both some emotional and physical changes including hair loss. And we don’t want it to happen.
The good news is you can prevent hair loss with the right approach and some lifestyle modifications even before it happens. The thing is you need to start paying heed to these tips as early as now if you want to reduce your risks of going through hair thinning when you reach the big M. Why do women lose hair during menopause? About 40-50% of menopausal women report hair thinning or hair loss. (1) Usually for women 50 and above, hair thinning is caused by hormonal imbalance. There’s always been a direct connection between hormones and hair loss; specifically to the hair growth cycle.
Therefore if you experience some form of hormonal imbalance there should always be an external manifestation - it can be in the form of cystic acne or hair fall.
Stress may also be another factor here; although there hasn’t really been a definitive evidence that links stress to hair loss. Women going through this new process at some point experience stress and even some trauma at a very strong degree that eventually leads to some hair loss.
How is menopausal hair thinning treated?
At the moment, the only FDA-approved hair loss drug for women is Rogaine. It’s an OTC topical preparation with 2% minoxidil. If your hair loss has gone severe, perhaps a hair transplant surgery can also be considered as another option. But this treatment is not only expensive, it can be a painful and lengthy procedure.
Some OB-GYNE offer estrogen treatment (ET) or Hormone Replacement Treatment (HRT) to see if it helps in at least reducing the amount of shedding. It’s used to address the ‘hormonal imbalance’ and eventually to stop the unwanted symptoms.
Are there some natural ways to prevent menopausal hair loss before it even strikes?
Absolutely! Lifestyle adjustments and dietary tweaks will certainly go a long way in battling hair thinning in perimenopausal women. Before you even reach the menopausal age, everyday is a day to choose the healthy way.
Here are some steps to take to prevent menopausal hair loss naturally:
Boost Your Thyroid Gland
Hair loss is just one of the many symptoms of an under-performing thyroid gland. Glands and organs such as the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, including sexual organs like the ovaries and testicles, manage our body’s hormone production. So if one of them goes haywire, troubles are on their way.
Some women resort to drastic synthetic measures just to relieve themselves from the dreaded symptoms without really paying heed to adverse effects. Estrogen treatment for example may increase your risk of developing more serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. (2)
Here are some ways to naturally boost thyroid gland health:
- Eat foods rich in essential fatty acids - Eating foods with EFAs can help you maintain a healthy hormone production. You can get sufficient dose of these healthy oils daily by incorporating avocados, coconut oil, fatty fish like salmon and tuna, chia seeds, flaxseed, and walnuts in your regular diet.
- Ditch those toxic hair and body care products - Household chemicals and even your own personal care products can wreak havoc on your hormonal health without you realizing it until you either lose hair or get ill with cancer. Try switching to natural haircare and skincare products. These products usually contain herbs and essential oils beneficial to both your scalp and hair.
- Limit your Coffee intake - Too much caffeine can increase your cortisol levels, reduces your thyroid hormone levels and generally is just unhealthy.
Supplement with Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in maintaining healthy and strong hair. Supplement on vitamins that contribute to hair health most especially B vitamins such as B6 and B12, biotin, vitamins C, D, and E, Omega 3 acids, zinc, iron, and trace minerals like silica.
Use Essential Oils
One of the most potent remedies for hair loss can be found in natural herbs and oils. Rosemary oil and olive oil are just two of the many hair-nourishing oils that you can get anytime. Simply massage your scalp and leave the oil on for several hours. Soon you’ll see some amazing results.
Manage your stressors
Although scientific evidences are lacking, stress has been linked to hair loss. Regardless, managing stress is a vital aspect of maintaining wellness. Getting enough sleep and exercising regularly can help you deal with your stress safely and naturally.
Hair loss and other menopause symptoms can certainly be prevented and even reversed if you stay optimistic and work to look your best at any age.
1. The Menopause Makeover; chapter 5 pg 96.