4 Tips to Cope with Hair Loss in Menopause

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Men are more likely to lose their hair, but it’s not uncommon to see hair loss in women in their 50’s and 60’s. I was surprised to learn that the average person loses 50-100 strands of hair a day. When you wash your hair, you can lose up to 250 strands.

There are many reasons why women lose their hair, but there are things you can do to correct the situation. Here are 4 tips to cope with hair loss in menopause:

Medication

Prescription medicine designed to treat health problems, may also lead to hair loss. Blood thinners that reduce your risk of blood clots and stroke, can cause hair loss to the scalp.

Hair loss may also occur with beta blockers, which are prescribed for the heart and to lower blood pressure. Consult your doctor and see if you can be switched to another medication.

Genetics

If your mother, aunts, or grandmother had similar amounts of hair loss, it’s probably in your genes. Buying trendy scarves, hats, or wigs covers the problem areas and it’s fun to try on a new look.

Hair Care

You don’t have to brush 100 strokes to make your hair look good, because too much brushing can lead to hair loss.  Towel dry gently when the hair is still wet, and don’t use your blow dryer more than once a week.

Hypothyroidism

Your thyroid gland produces hormones that are crucial to metabolism as well as growth and development.  If hormone production is too low, it can cause hair loss.

Consult your doctor who can order medical tests and lab work to correct the problem.