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Female Pattern Hair Loss and Menopause

dr alibhai Elizabeth Miller, ND
Naturopathic Physician
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While hair thinning is ubiquitous with aging, for many women an acceleration of hair loss may be experienced during menopause. In one study, it was reported that over fifty percent of the 178 postmenopausal women in the study experienced female pattern hair loss of varying severity 1.

Consideration of Herbal Treatment for Androgenic Hair Loss;

Dr. Elizabeth Miller N.D.

Serenoa repens or more commonly known as Saw Palmetto was traditionally used in conditions of the urinary tract, more often in men. Extract from the berries of Saw Palmetto is rich in fatty acids (85%‐90%) (1) (2). Since traditional origins, research has emerged to review its ability to help with BPH by having anti-androgenic properties as a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor. An example of a well-known 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor is the medication Finasteride.

Can Stress Really Turn Your Hair Grey?

Dr. Elizabeth Miller N.D.

Stress affecting the colour of our hair has been a widely acknowledged theory in our society. What is truly the science behind this concept, or perhaps is it a myth? Until this year, there have been many proposed ideas but the correlation of stress and premature greying of hair has remained as theories.

Nutrition and Hair Growth

Dr. Elizabeth Miller N.D.

Have a little extra time these days? Why not complete a diet check-in for adequate nutrition levels to support hair growth.

First, lets talk about iron. If someone has risk factors, or is symptomatic for iron deficiency anemia, an iron study is completed or requested. Iron is essential for hair growth, a sudden drop in levels can even precipitate telogen effluvium (sudden loss of up to 30% of hair).

Topical Applications for Hair Loss

Dr. Elizabeth Miller N.D.

At Vitalia Health Care, I like to review functional health factors that may impede the growth of hair.

One treatment I may include is the topical application of medications, or supplements.

Rogaine (Minoxidil) is a commonly known topical agent to reduce the amount of hair loss. While many clients do not notice significant growth from the use of this medication, it is quite common for them to notice increased shedding once discontinuing, meaning it has been helping prevent the hair loss. Two common concerns with using Rogaine is scalp irritation and finding it leaves a grease texture to the scalp/hair. The reason for this is Rogaine contains propylene glycol. At a compounding pharmacy it can be requested to omit this compound.

Hair Thinning, Combining Treatments to Improve Outcome

Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

Hair thinning as we age is concerning, however, rest assured that it is quite normal. The majority of men will begin to notice thinning in their mid-thirties, although some will begin this process much younger. Women, begin to notice thinning in their 40’s and don’t tend to experience the same extent of loss as men.