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Menopause and Hair Loss

Woman Doing Yoga Pose

Try yoga and other stress relieving exercise to combat hair loss during menopause.

About two-thirds of women experience hair loss during their life, according to the Mayo Clinic. Many women experience hair loss during menopause. The reason is because menopausal women often have low or reduced thyroid function, which is a common cause of hair loss. Also, menopause causes a hormonal shift in women, which can result in hair thinning or loss. In fact, hair loss is often one of the first symptoms of menopause that women notice, according to the 34 Menopause Symptoms website.

Menopause can be traumatic enough for women, and when you add symptoms like hair loss into the equation, the experience can be extremely stressful and depressing. Losing your hair can make you feel less attractive and less connected to your femininity and youth. On top of that, the added stress can actually enhance the process of losing your hair. Talk about a catch-22!

Hair loss can begin to occur years before menopause as well. Female pattern baldness can begin in women as young as 25. Ask your mom and relatives if they experienced any hair loss or thinning throughout their lives. Hair loss is often hereditary, so if your family has a history of hair loss during menopause or any other period of adulthood, it is better to be prepared than to be shocked when the symptoms begin.

The good news is that hair loss during menopause, or for women in general, is treatable.

One way to treat hair loss during menopause is to make some changes in your lifestyle. For example, make an effort to reduce stress in your life. Try yoga, meditation, or mild, regular exercise. Eating the right foods, especially those with vitamins B and C, iron, and protein, can also help reduce the amount of lost or thinning hair for menopausal women. Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake can help as well.

However, while a lifestyle change can certainly improve your overall health and can help reduce hair loss during menopause, it is often not enough to fully treat the symptom. In addition to living a healthier life, consider treating hair loss or hair thinning with Avacor Physician's Formulation, an FDA-Approved hair re-growth product clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles and help you grow back hair. Specifically, Avacor Physician's Formulation for Women has been created specifically to combat hair loss in women caused by menopause or hormone changes. It contains 2% Minoxidil, which is the amount approved by the FDA to treat hair loss in women specifically, as opposed to 5% for men. Do not use a product that has any other concentration of Minoxidil other than 2%, as that product is not FDA-Approved (as of April 2012).

When used as directed, Avacor Physician's Formulation for Women has been proven to help many women combat hair loss and regrow new, natural hair in as little as 4 months. So, our product is both safe and effective. We also offer a variety of different hair care products to help you maintain a full head of healthy hair, including Boost! Hair Thickener, Thickening Shampoo, Volumizing Conditioner, and Styling Gel.

The bottom line is, even though most advertisements for hair loss treatments focus on men, hair loss in women is quite common, especially during menopause. Take comfort in the fact that most women experience hair loss, so if you notice thinning hair, you are not alone. Take care of yourself, and take care of your hair!

Photo courtesy of 34-menopause-symptoms.com


Exercise and Hair

Exercise and eating the right foods are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. We all know that. But how does exercise affect your hair health, hair loss, or hair regrowth? The answer might surprise you.

In general, exercise can help you maintain a healthy head of hair, and even help your body regrow hair. Regular exercise increases general health and circulation in your body. Increased circulation can stimulate growth in hair follicles. Also, exercise helps reduce stress in your life, and reduced stress helps with overall scalp health, according to Livestrong.com. So, if you exercise regularly, you are doing yourself—and your hair—a favor, right?

The answer might not be so simple.

Too much exercise, or overexertion, is actually bad for your hair. Excessive exercise causes a state of chronic stress in your body, according to author and nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman. Chronic stress is a leading cause of telogen effluvium (TE), a condition that causes premature resting and shedding in hair follicles, according to the American Hair Loss Association. In addition, eHow.com explains that extreme bodybuilding and other extreme exercise activities can produce more dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes baldness in men. Conversely, mild exercise, like regular jogging or cardio, can help reduce DHT.

However, there is one form of mild exercise or cardio to think twice about if you are conscious about your hair health: swimming in pools. Most pools contain chlorine. The chlorine is there to keep the pools clean, but it can cause your hair to become dry and eventually break or shed. If swimming is your favorite form of exercise, you can avoid chlorine damage by wetting your hair with non-chlorinated water before getting in the pool (i.e., a locker room shower), so your hair absorbs the normal water, rather than the chlorinated water. Also, get out every 30 minutes or so and rinse the chlorinated water out of your hair. Wear a swim cap, and wash your hair after swimming with proper hair care products.

Another thing to keep in mind about exercise is that it causes you to sweat. Salty, heavy sweat build up on your head can cause faster shedding or other damage to your hair. The Harvard School of Public Health advises that you can combat this damage by using mild, pH-balanced shampoo and moisturizing protein conditioner at least once a week. Avacor offers both Thickening Shampoo and Volumizing Conditioner to help combat hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth. Avoid using hot hair tools as well, such as blow driers and curling irons.

The bottom line: exercise regularly, but avoid over-exercising or extreme exercise activities, and take good care of your hair with the proper hair care products. If you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, but still experiencing hair loss, consider using Avacor Physician's Formulation, an FDA-Approved hair re-growth product clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles and help you grow back hair.

Photo courtesy of Menscosmo.com