La caduta dei capelli in menopausa: tutta colpa degli estrogeni?

Hair loss in menopause: all the fault of estrogen?

The decrease and the progressive loss of the possibility of conceiving has an important influence on the hormonal levels of the woman and, in particular, on the quantity of estrogen present in his body.

The reduced intake of these hormones causes, in particular, a sudden increase in androgen hormones directly connected with the causes of androgenetic alopecia.

The thinning that affects women during menopause can therefore be configured as a real alopecia that manifests itself above all on the upper part of the head (as described by the Ludwig scale ).

Counteracting hair loss therefore becomes essential to prevent the hair follicles affected by this hormonal change from producing increasingly fine hair (vellus) and, finally, from completely atrophying, leading to baldness .

Let's see specifically how androgen hormones (dihydrotestosterone) act on hair follicles.

Menopause and hair loss: what happens to the follicles affected by dihydrotestosterone or DHT?

When female hair loss begins, the aromatase enzyme , which transforms androgen hormones into estrogen, no longer performs its function.

Therefore it is not able to prevent these male hormones from attacking the follicle leading to hair loss.

The follicles affected by the excess of androgens undergo a de-synchronization of the natural one hair cycle.

This implies that when an "old" hair falls out, there is not always a new hair ready to replace it: this can determine the presence of less hair on the scalp and the existence of visibly thinned areas which cause concern and significant psychological repercussions in women.

Causes of Menopausal Hair Loss: Is It Just Hormones to Blame?

There decrease in estrogen it plays an important role in hair loss during menopause but it is not the only cause. Other factors contribute to making the phenomenon more acute and visible:

  • INHERITANCE : It is an important factor in determining the phenomenon of thinning (both in the paternal and maternal line). The presence of a parent already affected by alopecia makes it more probable that the phenomenon will recur in the children;
  • THERE DIET : It is another factor which absolutely must be taken into account. The deficiency of protein and vitamin elements it can in fact be an important contributing cause to the weakening of the hair;
  • THE LIFESTYLE : The habit of drinking and/or smoking they play a negative role in the thinning process. The smoke and alcohol in fact they have the power to weaken our hair already affected by the "hormonal storm" of menopause.

Are there any remedies to counter hair loss in menopause?

The best remedy is definitely the prevention . Getting a hair check during this life transition is definitely an important step.

There are numerous remedies to combat hair loss in menopause: the application of specific preparations to strengthen hair and energize it can certainly help our scalp and the combination of anti-hair loss treatments can give excellent and above all visible results .

In fact, the different hair treatments perform an action corrective , nutritious And stimulating , they purify the scalp from possible ailments and are useful for giving strength and volume to fine and brittle hair.

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