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Menopause and Female Hair Loss

Many cases of female hair loss are caused by hormonal fluctuations or changes in the body including those who have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), birth control pill side effects, a recent pregnancy, postmenopausal trauma, or menopause. Women with hair loss experience varying balding patterns.  These patterns can help determine the type of alopecia you have along with a thorough examination by a physician.

Because of an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone due to declining estrogen levels, thinning hair and accelerated hair loss is common in women during menopause. Hair on certain areas of the head that is more sensitive to androgen hormones like DHT (associated with male pattern baldness) may thin or fall out. Similarly, declining estrogen levels may result in unwanted facial hair growth.

In some cases, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), may accompany menopause and hair loss.

Be sure to speak with your doctor on the most effective ways to cope with menopause and minimize hair loss during this transitional time.