Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Stop My Hair Loss?

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 11:53 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: What causes hair loss in menopausal women? Is it a hormonal imbalance?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
By far the most common causes of hair loss in menopausal women relate to physical hair damage from the salon or from overly vigorous traction damage to the hair, followed by mental and physical stress, drug or chemotherapy side effects, or less common hormonal imbalances.
 
While genetics may contribute to the degree of hair loss seen in women, it is generally less prominent than the male pattern baldness, which does have a very strong link to testosterone.

Most baldness I see in women is caused by heat damage from dryers, traction loss from inappropriate styling techniques, or physical damage from the use of coloring agents, and permanent hair solutions for hair styling.
 
You should visit your doctor as soon as possible, if you are losing your hair. Blood tests can identify potential causes and you may be offered a prescription for topical Minoxidil to use to help slow your hair loss.

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