Causes of Hair Loss in Women Over 40

By Cindi Pearce

  • Overview

    Causes of Hair Loss in Women Over 40
    You are 45-years-old and some days you've got it going on whereas other days are so filled with family demands and physical demands that you are exhausted and wondering how you will continue the pace. And then, on top of everything else, you notice that your hair is falling out. You inspect the top of your head in the mirror and you can see your scalp. Why is your hair suddenly falling out and thinning? There are several reasons why this happens to middle-aged women.
  • Menopause

    There is no exact way of knowing when a woman will go through menopause. Some females have premature menopause in their thirties whereas others are still menstruating well into their fifties. Many women begin experiencing menopausal symptoms: erratic menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats in their forties. Hair loss sometimes occurs when a woman is going through menopause because of the hormonal changes that she is experiencing. The production of estrogen declines at this time. Estrogen serves to block testosterone and when the estrogen supply lessens it becomes less effective in this plight. The result is that testosterone turns into DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is the natural metabolite that is the main culprit regarding hair loss. Hair becomes finer and less abundant. The hair growth cycle becomes much shorter. When DHT reaches the hair follicles it makes it difficult for protein, minerals and vitamins to reach the hair so it is critical that a person ingest a vitamin, mineral and a protein rich diet in an attempt to counteract the effects that DHT.
  • Crunch Generation

    Another reason why women may start losing their hair when they're beyond the age of forty is stress. A lot of women in this age category are still raising children, some of whom might be teenagers and that is an anxious time for parents. These women may even be new mothers, since some women are choosing to begin their families later in life. Many women work full-time in addition to handling the domestic home front. There are single mothers that are the sole head of the household and this is monumental and stressful undertaking. The big crunch: Overwhelming responsibility and probably not much time to spend tending after oneself. These woman may overlook their own health and well-being, forgetting to eat well, take their vitamins and get some exercise. When the body and mind are overly stressed it shows up in your hair. If a traumatic incident occurs, this causes tremendous stress on the individual, which can result in sudden diffuse hair loss, which is called Telogen Effluvium. The trauma can cause the hair to enter a premature resting stage. Three months or so after the traumatic event, the individual may well notice substantial hair loss.

  • Medical Reasons for Hair Loss

    If you are a middle aged woman who is undergoing unrelenting stress, your immune system may become compromised and you might be ripe for the picking when it comes to illness. Illnesses that can cause hair loss include thyroid malfunction, diabetes, lupus and anemia. Get yourself to a doctor if you are experiencing substantial hair loss because it may be an indicator of an underlying issue that should be treated immediately.
  • Plain Old Genetics

    It could be that you are facing an upward battle if you are genetically predisposed, just like your brothers, to sustain hair loss during your middle years. When middle-age women do experience hair loss it is generally characterized by a thinning of the hair but if it does fall out the hair loss will occur primarily on the top of the head and in the center of the back portion of the head.
  • Possible Solutions

    There are anti-hair thinning products on the market that contain amenexil, which is a molecule that prevents collagen from hardening. When collagen hardens, it strangles the hair and causes premature aging of hair density. Ask your doctor about this ingredient and its efficacy. Dietary supplements that contain Vitamin B3 complex are thought to stimulate cellular activity with noticeable improvement to the hair within a month. Rogaine, which has been around for awhile, contains minoxidil, which seems to help with hair re-growth.
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