Menopause and Hair LossMenopause, or the permanent cessation of menstruation, is a natural biological process and not a medical illness. Menopause usually happens more or less in midlife, signalling the end of the fertile phase of a woman's life.
The ovaries are a pair of reproductive glands in women located in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus. Each ovary is about the size and shape of an almond. The ovaries produce eggs and female hormones such as oestrogen. During each monthly menstrual cycle, an egg is released from one ovary. The egg travels from the ovary through the Fallopian tube to the uterus.
The ovaries are the main source of female hormones, which control the development of female body characteristics such as the breasts, body shape, and body hair. The hormones also regulate the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Oestrogens also protect the bone. Therefore, a woman can develop osteoporosis (thinning of bone) later in life when her ovaries do not produce adequate oestrogen.
Hormonal changes cause the physical symptoms of menopause. However, though this is a natural phase in a woman’s life, the experience varies highly with each individual. Some women may experience few or no symptoms of menopause, while others experience multiple physical and even psychological symptoms. The extent and severity of symptoms varies considerably among women.
The common signs and symptoms of menopause include irregular periods, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood swings, increased abdominal fat, loss of breast fullness, and thinning hair.
There are several types of hormone therapies, with various possible side effects. Hormone replacement therapy or HRT, also known as Hormone Therapy or HT, and the SSRIs appear to provide the most reliable pharmaceutical relief. In HT or HRT, one or more estrogens, usually in combination with progesterone, (and sometimes testosterone) are administered, to partially balance the body's loss of these hormones and also to help keep the levels of these hormones in the body much more consistent than they are naturally in perimenopause. When deciding whether or not to use hormone therapy, you and your doctor need to talk about the potential benefits and risks.
Hair loss / thinning hairRoughly half to two-thirds of all women experience noticeable thinning of scalp hair during menopause. Alopecia is actually as common in women as it is in men, but it is less apparent because it rarely causes balding.
Noticeable pattern baldness in women usually starts after menopause when the production of the female hormone oestrogen slows down dramatically. Before menopause, high amounts of oestrogen in women protect them from the small amount of testosterone that they also produce. Once females enter menopause, their levels of oestrogen decline and more testosterone is then available to be converted to DHT.
DHT or Dihydrotestosterone is considered to be the primary cause of hair loss in both men and women. DHT results in a shorter hair growth cycle, finer hair and eventually, general effluvium or shedding. After menopause, the testosterone produced combines with the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase to create DHT. DHT is responsible for female pattern baldness.
The hair loss is more diffuse in women. It is usually an overall thinning effect and women will very rarely get bald spots.
The physical and psychological effects of menopause, plus hair loss can cause depression and anxiety.
Some things that women can do to cope with hair loss and hair thinning are by using soft brushes, cutting the hair in short layers, avoiding harsh products that can damage hair. Using light mousse or gel after washing can add body without harming the hair. Always use shampoos and conditioners that are mild.
Nisim’s Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Extract are non-pharmaceutical and contains natural herb-based ingredients such as Glycine, Panax ginseng, Castanea Sativa, Arnica Montana, Hedera Helix, and Geranium Maculatum.
In terms of hair loss, Nisim Shampoo can reduce excessive hair loss within a week and the Hair Stimulating Extract is the only DHT blocker product with proof that it can neutralise DHT and stimulate growth in hair that’s been lost.
Nisim is specifically formulated to maintain a healthy and nutrient-rich environment for vigorous hair growth. Unlike other hair loss treatment products, Nisim is non-pharmaceutical, meaning it is safe to use for all types of hair conditions.
Nisim products do not contain harsh chemical ingredients, only natural components that have been developed after 20 years of research on hair growth. Nisim is perfectly safe to use and really works control excessive hair loss and to regrow hair.
Use the Nisim shampoo as your first step in controlling excessive hair loss. The shampoos have a pleasant smell and are perfect even for daily use. It is recommended to use a conditioner after shampooing to ensure the hair's natural PH level is restored after shampooing. The Nisim range comes in 2 formulas - one for Normal/ Dry hair and one for Normal / Oily hair. Conditioners are also available in the same formulations.