Treating Androgenic Hair Loss in Women

It isn’t as well publicised as its male counterpart, but female pattern baldness is more common than you may think. In fact, female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, can affect up to two thirds of post-menopausal women. So if your hair is thinning, you should know the important elements of female hormone imbalance to help treat your menopausal symptoms.

Reasons For Hair Loss
Androgenic hair loss is hereditary, but because it tends to occur after menopause there is also a hormonal element to it. 

Menopause reduces the levels of oestrogen and progesterone the body produces. Higher levels of oestrogen help hair stay on the head for longer and to help new hairs to grow faster. When oestrogen levels drop, the hair does not grow as quickly as hair falls out, resulting in thinner hair.

Lower levels of oestrogen and progesterone can trigger high levels of the hormone androgen, a male hormone that further causes hair loss by shrinking hair follicles.

Lifestyle choices may also be making your hair loss more pronounced. Stress, alcohol, and smoking have all been shown to accelerate female hair loss. 

How to Prevent Hair Loss
Hair loss isn’t curable, but there are many ways to slow its progression and, in some cases, grow hair back. It is important to take these steps as soon as possible because the more your hair loss advances, the harder it becomes to treat.

  • Eating a diet rich in proteins, vitamins and Omega-3 can boost hair growth.

  • Washing your hair too often can dry it out. Wash it 2-3 times a week with a shampoo designed for thinning hair.

  • Go natural! Heat styling can damage your hair and the more brittle it is, the more prone to breakage and falling out it becomes.

  • Treat your menopause with hormone replacement therapy.

As many menopausal and post-menopausal women can tell you, female hormonal imbalance is often a major contributor to hair loss in women. 

Hormone replacement therapy, HRT, is a common treatment for the menopause. In addition to helping with side effects like hot flashes, insomnia, and mood changes, HRT can slow down and sometimes reverse female hair loss.

HRT like Estradot Patches, Evorel Patches, and Femoston tablets are available for purchase online in the UK from Pharmacy Planet.