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Do menopausal women have new hair growth on their scalp?

By Anonymous August 9, 2014 - 7:41am
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I'm over 50 and my hairdresser says he is seeing more hair growth on my scalp. Is this common in women who are post menopausal? Does this happen only on the scalp?

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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for this interesting question.

Contrary to your situation, some postmenopausal women experience increased facial hair and thinning of the hair on their scalp.

The growth of facial hair in many postmenopausal women is due to the drop in levels of the female hormone estrogen that occurs during menopause. This decline alters the estrogen-testosterone balance, causing a relative excess of testosterone.

Estrogen keeps hair in the growing phase and the longer the growing phase, the longer you hair can grow. Reduced estrogen levels cause the hair's growth cycle to shorten and your hair sheds before it reaches the length that it once did.

Consider yourself lucky!


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