Approximately 40% of women experience visible hair loss by age 40, but for many that event doesn’t come up until after menopause has ended or it’s in a later stage. And even then, it can be difficult to spot hair loss and start treatment therapy before it’s too late.

Fortunately, there are distinctive signs that you should be looking for and there are treatment methods that may yield even better results if you catch the symptoms early on. Here’s how to identify and treat hair loss after menopause.

Why does it happen?
This is an issue that countless women struggle with. It mostly has to do with a reduction in estrogen and progesterone production in your system, which then leaves the androgens unopposed. Androgens can decrease the functionality of your follicles and lead to early hair loss or thinning. This condition is commonly referred to as female pattern hair loss.

How can I spot it?
The key here is to spot the symptoms before your follicles cease functioning altogether. The earlier you spot the telltale signs, the better off you’ll be receiving hair rejuvenation treatments. Here are a few signs to keep a sharp eye out for:

  • Widening of your part: While men typically see losses right at the forehead, women more typically see them in their part. If you notice any widening, that’s a sign that loss is happening.
  • Excessive Shedding: While it is normal to shed between 50-100 hairs a day, if you are noticing an increase in shedding, it is possible that that your experience female pattern hair loss or telogen effluvium.
  • Bald Patches: Small patches of baldness is a sign that more may appear shortly. This type of loss is most likely alopecia areata.

How can I treat it?
Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available to you if you’re experiencing menopause-related female pattern hair loss. Here are some of the most effective options available to you:

  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: PRP stimulates follicle activity by injecting platelets, stem cells and growth factors taken from your own blood into affected areas of your scalp.
  • Low-Level Laser Therapy: Low level lasers have helped improve follicle activity by using laser stimulation to increase the energy portion of the cells.
  • Follicular Transplant: Follicular transplants are typically a last-resort option for those women who are in later stages of female pattern hair loss, and requires a hefty amount of recovery time.

Whether pre- or post-menopause, female pattern hair loss can seriously affect your confidence and self-image. Spotting these symptoms early on could be the key to a highly effective treatment.