Dr. Shefali Saini
Dermatologist at Traya Health
You have probably had the ‘period-talk’ with your mother before but has anyone given you the ‘menopause-talk’? 2 out of every 3 women in India experience hair fall due to menopause but aren't aware of it. With menopause comes a lot of other changes. Along with mood swings and hot flashes, hair loss is another common symptom. Not everyone who goes through menopause has to deal with hair fall but yes losing your crown of glory could be a huge blow of confidence and self-esteem.
Here are some insights from an expert doctor at Traya Health.
Why does this happen?
Research suggests that during menopause, women experience a drastic drop in their hormones - estrogen and progesterone. Ideally, these hormones help promote good hair growth but when the levels of these androgenic hormones drop, hair grows slower and thinner than before. This fall also tends to put the body in a place of ‘testosterone overload’. Why is this overload bad? It is because along with testosterone, the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) also increases. This is the main wrecker responsible for hair fall. DHT tends to latch onto the hair follicles and shrink them which causes hair thinning and eventually leads to female pattern hair fall. In some cases, these hormones can reduce the hair on the head but simultaneously increase hair growth on the chin. This is why menopausal women notice facial hair.
Hormonal imbalance is a common cause of menopause-induced hair fall. However, there are various other factors that contribute to this. This includes extremely high levels of stress, an underlying health issue, or even a lack of certain nutrients.
Symptoms to watch out for
Since we lose hair every day it becomes difficult to tell when this kind of hair fall actually occurs. At the early onset of menopause or even post this phase, if you notice your hair slowly begin to thin or your ponytail volume lesser than before, it is a clear indication of menopausal hair fall. Here are some other noticeable changes:
Widening of the central partition
Hair dullness due to changes in the fatty acid composition
Hair thinning with recession at the temples
Hair frizziness due to inadequate fiber intake
How does Traya Health help in dealing with hair loss due to menopause?
Battling hair loss due to menopause is challenging. Along with random mood changes, there’s also a spike in the levels of cortisol a.k.a the body’s natural stress hormone. This is accompanied by a noticeable drop in collagen production - the protein that helps keep hair healthy. A less effective digestive system due to poor metabolism could be another issue. All of these are not good for hair growth but there are effective ways to get ahead of this and that is where Traya Health comes into the picture.
At Traya Health, we have seen women as early as 32 years of age experience hair fall due to menopause. To manage this, Traya Health uses a unique 3 science approach (Ayurveda, Dermatology, & Nutrition) to regrow this female pattern of hair fall induced by various hormonal imbalances during menopause. Once the root causes that trigger your hormonal imbalances are identified, you will be prescribed a treatment plan by Traya’s team of doctors. Each customised treatment plan is prescribed specifically to manage the root causes that are triggering your hair fall to help you give healthy hair regrowth. Ayurvedic Herb mixes such as Shatavari, Yashtimadhu, and Ashwagandha will help you heal from within and help balance your hormonal health. Allopathic medications like Minoxidil 2% and Redensyl promote blood flow to the hair follicles for hair regrowth and lastly a specific diet plan rich in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients and vitamins.
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