Female Hair Loss After Menopause

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Why do more women suffer from baldness after menopause?

Female Hair Loss After Menopause

As if hot flashes and weight gain weren't enough, about half of all women experience some hair loss during menopause. Two-thirds of post-menopausal women are confronted with thinning hair or bald spots.

A dramatic slowdown in the production of estrogen is the culprit for hair loss in women. Before menopause, the high amounts of estrogen in a woman's system protect her from the small amount of testosterone she produces. After menopause the testosterone produced combines with the enzyme 5 alpha reductase to create the hormone DHT which is responsible for female pattern baldness. Reading that should give you another hot flash.



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