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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Is hair loss common during menopause, and are there any ways to prevent it?

Is hair loss common during menopause, and are there any ways to prevent it?

Female baldness: Remember that baldness is genetic and affects both men and women. It could be that you have inherited a gene for baldness and are just now seeing it. Rogaine (minoxidil) is the treatment of choice for both men and women if this is indeed female pattern baldness. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hair loss a side effect of menopause?

Help docs, is hair loss a side effect of menopause?

It can be: Up to 40% of women may experience hair loss after menopause. This is thought to be attributed to the natural decline in hormones. Other conditions such as a thyroid disorder, genetic predisposition, and nutritional status, may also contribute. You should follow up with your physician for a consultation. ...Read more

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Does continuous use of spironolactone stop hair loss in post-menopausal women?

Does continuous use of spironolactone stop hair loss in post-menopausal women?

Maybe: Spironolactone blocks the was androgens (male type hormones) affect the hair follicle. Blocking these hormones can help stop "male" pattern hair loss in women. They have no affect for other causes of hair loss, such as from thyroid abnormalitis, etc. ...Read more

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I suffer from hair loss. It's worse now in menopause. Is minoxidil safe to try?

I suffer from hair loss. It's worse now in menopause. Is minoxidil safe to try?

Very safe: You are not alone. This is very common. A skillful hair stylist will help. Minoxidil, if used religiously twice a day for YEARS may slow or stop the hair loss. Get the generic 2% which is almost as effective as expensive versions. See a DR to check for underlying thyroid or other abnormality. ...Read more

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What things can I do to keep my hair as healthy as possible if i'm experiencing hair loss due to menopause. Supplements and lifestyle changes?

BHRT estradiol: My professional advise is to seek out a doctor in your area that is well versed and knowledgeable about bio identical hormone replacement therapy. These products are available on prescription only, through compounding pharmacies. Estrogen affects skin and hair, testosterone fatigue and libido, and Progesterone is basically a "feel good" hormone which will help you to feel like yourself again. ...Read more

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I'm 50, post-menopause, both ovaries removed, no HRT, and my DHEA is 476. I have hair loss, oily skin, acne. Is my DHEA high? Is this an adrenal issue

I'm 50, post-menopause, both ovaries removed, no HRT, and my DHEA is 476. I have hair loss, oily skin, acne. Is my DHEA high? Is this an adrenal issue

Need more info: Your DHEA is not too much out of the normal. I think you need to see an endocrinologist and have your thyroid function evaluated and have your pituitary checked into. ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more