One of the number one concerns of peri and menopausal women is hair loss. Hair loss often develops during this time because of changing hormone levels. This is usually the result of dropping estrogen and progesterone levels; however, thyroid function can also be to blame.
What causes hair loss? Hypothyroidism, or underproduction of thyroid hormones, and hyperthyroidism, the overproduction of thyroid hormones, can both cause hair loss. Temporary hormone imbalances can also cause thinning hair or patchy hair loss, and an overproduction of androgens (male hormones) shrink the hair follicles and thin hair. Balanced hormones are the key!