And one of the most embarrassing: Hair loss. Particularly if you are a woman experiencing male pattern hair loss.
Perimenopause can do a number on your health, but it can also wreak havoc on your appearance. If you struggle with serious health problems like fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, flooding or fibroids, the last thing you need to worry about is your looks falling apart. And you certainly don’t need the added anxiety caused by finding clumps of hair in your shower drain each morning.
The good news is you can take some simple steps today to help stop menopause hair loss.
You see- hair loss is just one of the symptoms caused by hormone deficiency. A couple of hormones, in fact.
What are hormones and what do they have to do with hair loss?
Hormones are little chemical messengers that are responsible to 80% of our bodies’ functions. Without healthy hormone production, your body can’t efficiently carry out its necessary functions- tasks it needs to perform every day, like grow a healthy head of hair. Knowing which hormones are deficient will give you the information you need to help boost hormone production and stop menopause hair loss in its tracks.
If you experience any kind of hair loss then you likely have a deficiency in progesterone and are estrogen dominant. But if your hair loss is specific to the top of your head then you are probably deficient in estrogen. Balancing those two hormones can do wonders for helping you grow a full healthy head of hair.
But believe it or not, you can be both estrogen deficient and estrogen dominant.
Because estrogen dominance refers to the balance between estrogen and progesterone. If you have elevated levels of estrogen due to stress and environmental toxins, then it will actually work to suppress progesterone levels. And if you have the added complication of declining estrogen because you are approaching menopause, then you are both estrogen dominant and estrogen deficient.
It’s natural and normal for your estrogen levels to decline as you approach menopause. But you can do a number of things to help boost production of both estrogen and progesterone so the drop is not nearly so dramatic.
Of course supplementing hormones is always an option. But if you want to avoid the side effects that come with conventional HRT, then there are quite a number of things you can do to promote healthy hormone levels naturally.
Eating adequate amounts of protein, such as organic meat, fish and eggs, will help boost progesterone as does taking a fat soluble Vitamin A. If you want to boost estrogen levels than eating phytoestrogens like alfalfa, broccoli and clover sprouts can be incredibly beneficial.