What Happens When You Reach Menopause

How to reverse hair thinning once in menopause?

Have you entered the climacteric phase of your life as a woman and are wondering what’s next for you? Will all the mood swings and hot flashes come to a halt once and for all or is there something new that may bother you like the hair thinning effects? This “what happens when you reach menopause” article sequence will help you have a better understanding of what to expect in the years leading to menopause - the final stage of the cycle.

After 12 consecutive months without having a period, women are diagnosed with menopause. The hot flashes, mood swings, and other symptoms can occur for some time after that point and women who have reached menopause, can expect those symptoms to become even worse than before. There's a window of 2 to 10 years in which women can feel the symptoms until they reach the postmenopausal state.

Postmenopause or the years after menopause will ease menopause symptoms for many women. In time, the hot flashes, mood swings, and other symptoms will disappear. However, some may leave permanent changes to your body. In part 1 of the sequence, we’ll talk about menopause hair thinning and hair loss, and what can you do about it postmenopause.

Why does it happen?

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is a very common menopause side effect, but it’s also observed even before the symptoms. However, it increases with age and varies across ethnic groups and while it may happen at any age, it most commonly occurs postmenopause. Genetics are important and times of acute stress on the body can influence hair growth. Emotional stress, crash dieting, and some medications may also influence the loss and thinning of hair.


What can you do to reverse thinning hair after menopause?


  • A nutritional review and a healthy diet are contributing factors.

  • Topical medications can also help, although they usually take several months to take effect, so be patient. Also, don’t overdo it. These medications should be used on an ongoing basis or else hair loss may return.

  • Reducing the use of hair dryers, straighteners, and other tools may help. This combined with using thickening shampoos, conditioners, and other cosmetic practices may improve hair appearance (pro tip: use natural products only).

  • Consult with a doctor as some medications may have side effects that include hair loss.

  • Just be reassured! It’s a good time to mention that menopause-related hair thinning and hair loss slows down with time.



While perimenopausal and post-menopausal hair loss might be upsetting, it doesn’t necessarily indicate a medical disorder and before seeking professional help, try out the tips from above. Stay positive and remember that the menopause symptoms will slow down with time.

Source: My Luna Editor.

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