Scalp Hair Thinning in Perimenopause, Menopause & Postmenopause
Protocols for Specific Menopause Symptoms
In addition to hormonal causes, such as excessive androgens or hypothyroidism, it is important to realize that there are many other causes for thinning scalp hair in women. This thinning scalp hair (baldness, alopecia) could also be due to low grade systemic inflammation as well as autoimmune disease. If a woman has other autoimmune diseases, such as autoimmune hypothyroidism, then thinning hair is most likely also due to autoimmune processes. Consider being tested for gluten intolerance or celiac disease if you have multiple food allergies. Also keep in mind that other food allergies can also cause thinning of scalp hair, just as they can cause eczema or other skin problems. Other causes can include nutritional deficiencies brought on by dieting or stress. Vitamins and minerals are cofactors required for every biochemical process in the human body, including the production and detoxification of hormones.
A healthy lifestyle and dietary habits as discussed in Hormone Health Guidelines are critical for controlling systemic inflammation and autoimmune disease, and promoting healthy detoxification. Give extra effort to intake of specific essential fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) & docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). They can help the body control inflammation and improve tissue function throughout the body – including the scalp. In most cases, women who experience thinning of scalp hair associated with menopause also experience some other symptoms, which you can analyze with the Menopause Type® Questionnaire.

Treat the Hormonal Cause
This protocol is designed to be personalized based on specific needs of each person. The primary hormone imbalance associated with thinning of scalp hair in menopause is excessive androgen function. Another common hormone related cause is sub-optimal thyroid function. Phytotherapies can support the normal function of hormone producing glands, and improve the function of the tissues that respond to hormones. Addressing the underlying cause such as nutrition and fatty acids will relieve the additional stress on the inflammatory system, and decrease menopause associated hair loss. The following phytotherapeutic formulations may be used as discussed below, and indicated in the following table:

Scalp Hair Thinning as Main Symptom in Menopause
Excessive Androgen Function:
Androgen excess (high testosterone and/or high DHEA) is one of the primary causes of thinning scalp hair in women, and is a significant source of stress in women suffering form accelerated hair loss. Alopecia due to excessive androgens may present as male-pattern baldness or as diffuse baldness. In these cases, restoring normal androgen function by calming the affect of androgens can make a significant difference in hair loss. Please also review the protocol for PCOS, PCO-like syndrome, & other androgen excess conditions in women. Thinning of the scalp hair may, or may not present with other signs of excessive testosterone activity such as acne, oily skin, agitation, anger or insulin resistance. Unless contraindicated (such as signs and symptoms of very low testosterone function), choose TestoQuench™ for Women. This formulation has significant anti-androgen properties which can normalize the function of scalp tissue that is too sensitive to androgens. See more Information, including references, on TestoQuench™ for Women. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.

Decreased Thyroid Function:
When the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid, or the cells of the body do not respond to thyroid hormone as effectively as they should, thinning of scalp hair may occur, either with or without generalized fatigue, weight gain and other symptoms associated with sub optimal thyroid function will result. ThyroMend™ should be used if suboptimal thyroid function is present – see Suboptimal Thyroid Protocol. See more information, including references, on ThyroMend™. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.


Also Review:
Hormone Health Guidelines
Protocols for the 12 Menopause Types® & for Specific Menopause Symptoms
Phytocrine™ & Phytotherapeutic Management of Endocrine Dysfunction

Other Symptoms

Hormone

Formulation

acne, oily skin, agitation, anger, insulin resistance

excessive testosterone

TestoQuench for Women

generalized fatigue, weight gain, cold extremities, “brain fog”, difficulty thinking,

thyroid

ThyroMend

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