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Menopause

Is thinning hair a symptom of menopause?

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  • A Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered

    You can bet your brush on it! You might come to regret all those jokes you made about your Dad’s or brother’s receding hairlines because during and after menopause, women may experience thinning of their hair all over or just in the front. Testosterone’s metabolite DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the hair-thinning culprit in this case. As the hormone estrogen drops, the hormone testosterone can rise in proportion to the remaining estrogen. The net result causes hair to thin.


     

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  • Women can experience thinning hair as a symptom of menopause when hormone levels begin to change. If you notice that your hair is thinning, talk to your doctor. Any significant changes in your body need to be discussed with your doctor. There are treatments available and your doctor can help.

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