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Revive Your Locks: Hair Loss Solutions for Menopause

Ever wonder what your hair’s silence whispers? I’m here, a naturopathic doctor with over twenty years of experience, to reveal the untold tale of hair loss. It’s an emotional saga, often dismissed by mainstream health, yet deeply impactful. Let’s journey together to discover the secrets your hair holds and shed light on a vital part of our well-being.

The Importance of Hair Health During Menopause
Hair is more than just strands of keratin; it symbolizes dignity and confidence for many women. Maintaining healthy hair is multifaceted and requires a proactive approach, especially during menopause.

The Reality of Hair Loss
Approximately 50% of menopausal women experience hair loss. This can be a scary thought, especially because it’s not always immediate; it often starts around age 55 or 60, making it easy to overlook the connection to menopause.

The Phases of Hair Growth
Hair growth occurs in three phases: two resting phases and a growth phase. With age, the growth phase shortens while the resting phase lengthens. This change, combined with hormonal shifts, leads to intensified hair loss. Common triggers include stress, hormonal changes, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

The Importance of a Proactive Approach
It’s vital to adopt a proactive approach at the first sign of excessive hair shedding. Waiting for the problem to resolve itself is not a viable option. Early intervention can help maintain follicle health, prevent their shrinkage, and ultimately avoid the irreversible stage of follicle death.

Understanding the Hair Growth Cycle
Hair growth occurs in three phases: anagen (growth phase), catagen (transitional phase), and telogen (resting phase). With age and hormonal shifts, the growth phase shortens while the resting phase lengthens, intensifying hair thinning. This, coupled with menopausal changes, can severely impact hair density and quality.

Leading Causes of Menopausal Hair Loss

Hormonal Imbalances
Menopausal hair loss often stems from declining hormone levels:

  • Estrogen: Promotes hair growth and thickness.
  • Progesterone: Blocks testosterone effects on hair follicles, preventing hair loss.
  • Testosterone: Increasing levels of this hormone can shrink hair follicles, pushing hair into the resting phase prematurely.
  • Thyroid and Adrenal Hormones: Also contribute to hair health and quality.
    As estrogen levels dip, testosterone can lead to thinner hair and follicle death.

Stress impacts hair health significantly. Physical, mental, or emotional stress can lead to noticeable hair loss. Events like major illnesses or surgeries can trigger shedding within months. The stress hormone cortisol exacerbates hair loss, causing hair to shed more rapidly.

Nutritional Deficiencies
A balanced diet is crucial for hair health. Vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, biotin, manganese, iron, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin D, and folic acid play vital roles in maintaining healthy hair. The depletion of soil nutrients means you might not be getting enough from your diet alone, making supplements an important consideration.

Steps Towards Recovery

  • Diagnose: Get a comprehensive physical exam and hormone testing to uncover underlying issues.
  • Nourish: Address nutritional deficiencies with a tailored diet and supplements to promote hair regrowth.
  • Relax: Manage stress with mindfulness and self-care practices to support healthy hair.
  • Seek Support: Partner with an experienced practitioner for personalized guidance on your hair health journey.

Remember, hair loss is a complex issue, but there is hope. With early intervention and a holistic approach, you can see improvements in as little as three to twelve months. Follow a tailored plan that considers your unique needs and stay committed to your health journey.

If you’re experiencing hair loss and would like help getting to the bottom of it, we’d be happy to schedule a DISCOVERY CALL with you. During this call, we can discuss your symptoms in more detail and come up with a plan tailored specifically for you.

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.

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