Hair loss at any stage of life can have a serious affect on a woman’s self esteem, but during the emotional and physical upheaval of menopause it can be particularly hard to deal with. Although hair loss is generally thought of as a condition that afflicts men, nearly all women notice some degree of change to the thickness of their hair in the years leading up to and during menopause, and as many as 75% suffer from severe thinning.
What causes hair loss during menopause?
The average person sheds approximately 20-50 hairs every day as part of the natural and healthy cycle of hair growth. Normally, these hairs are quickly replaced as new hair is produced and the growth cycle begins again. Sometimes however, the number of hairs that fall out outnumber those being produced, and hair loss occurs.
Hair loss during menopause is caused by both psychological and physical factors.
Like most of the unwelcome symptoms of menopause, the most common cause of hair loss or hair thinning is fluctuating hormones. The drop off in estrogen levels during menopause has a knock-on effect on other hormones, including DHT, the androgen responsible for slowing down hair production. Although DHT is a by-product of the male hormone testosterone, it is actually controlled and inhibited by estrogen. This means that while younger women with balanced levels of estrogen are able to control the effect of DHT, menopausal women with rapidly decreasing estrogen levels are less able to do so, making them more vulnerable to hair loss.
Periods of severe anxiety and stress are known to trigger hair loss. This type of hair loss is usually only temporary, with hair production returning to a normal pace after the period of emotional stress is over. Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, sleeplessness and night sweats can of course be a considerable cause of stress in themselves and this anxiety can contribute to hair loss at this stage of a woman’s life.
The most effective way to manage hair loss during menopause is to maintain balanced levels of estrogen. Although menopausal women have traditionally relied on Hormone Replacement Therapy to level out fluctuating hormones, many are now turning away from the potentially dangerous prescription drug in favor of treatment options which are equally effective but safer, more natural and chemical free. Curcuma comosa is believed to have a natural estrogenic effect, which means that when taken regularly it can help reduce or even completely prevent the physical and emotional problems caused by hormonal imbalance during menopause, including hair loss. Furthermore, by providing effective relief from hot flushes, night sweats and insomnia, Curcuma comosa helps to make the menopause a less difficult time, reducing stress which can exacerbate hair loss.