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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?



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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
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