Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Vicki, Community Member, asks

Q: Does perimenopause, etc. cause hair loss or breakage?

I just recently began with the hot flashes and night sweats.  Not unbearable, but annoying.  I had just been to have my hair done and a day or two later realized that I had a lot of damage, short breakage, etc.  I thought my hairdresser had done something wrong.  When I discussed this with her, she said that the hot flashes, etc. may be the cause of breakage and hair loss.  Is this true?  Am I doomed to thinning hair for the rest of my life?  I am only 51.  She also suggested thyroid problems since my sister had thyroid cancer and had her thyroid removed.  How long with the hot flashes and night sweats last?  Will my hair revive itself again?

 

Vicki

Answer This
Answers (1)
Toni Hurst, Health Guide
10/ 1/08 9:38pm
Hi Vicki, Indeed, menopause is a time when many women find their hair gets thinner, so you are not alone. I doubt it is casuing the breakage though. If you're not taking a multivitamin, you might consider it or talk it over with your doctor. As for the thyroid question, I'm not qualified to answer and if you are worried, see a doctor. If there's nothing to worry about, then think how much less stress you'll be under! Stress isn't great for your hair, either! Glad to hear your hot flashes and night sweats are not unbearable. I found that was true for me most of the time, too. May that continue. --toni Reply
Answer This

Important:
We hope you find this general health information helpful. Please note however, that this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. No information in the Answers above is intended to diagnose or treat any condition. The views expressed in the Answers above belong to the individuals who posted them and do not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media. Remedy Health Media does not review or edit content posted by our community members, but reserves the right to remove any material it deems inappropriate.

By Vicki, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/12/12, First Published: 09/23/08