Hair thinning during menopause
The most common type of hair loss in women is female pattern hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia or hair thinning. Predominantly this is thinning on the top and front of the head. This type of hair loss occurs more frequently in postmenopausal women than other times during a womans’ lifespan.
Hair loss can have a significant negative psychological impact. As hair has important social and psychological relevance to women, they tend to suffer more with the loss than men. A womans' hair is within her control to create her femininity, beauty, and sexuality, forming an essential part of her self-identity. For many people, hair is a physical attribute that expresses individuality, and is central to feelings of attractiveness or unattractiveness. If this is affecting your psychological wellbeing it is worth discussing this also with your General Practitioner (GP).
Treatments for hair loss include applying a steroid cream or lotion topically to the scalp. Some of the skin treatments can have unpleasant side effects such as itching or hair growth in areas of the body away from where the cream was applied. An alternative treatment to placing medication onto the skin is taking a tablet orally. Oral steroids may cause serious side effects. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that any hair regrown during treatment will persist once the treatment is finished. There is limited research to examine examining long-term results after discontinuation of treatment.
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Last revised: 13 August 2014
Next review: 13 August 2017