Hair Loss Affects More Than Half of Postmenopausal Women
Female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) was identified in 52% of postmenopausal women, and 4% of these cases involved extensive baldness, based on data from 178 individuals. FPHL can develop at any time from teenage years through and beyond menopause, wrote Sukanya Chaikittisilpa, MD, of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and colleagues. The cause of FPHL remains uncertain, but the presence of estrogen receptors in hair follicles suggests that the hormone changes of menopause may affect hair growth, the researchers said. In a study published in Menopause, the researchers evaluated 178 postmenopausal women aged 50-65 years for FPHL. FPLH was determined based on photographs and on measures of hormone levels, hair density, and hair diameter.
@priyam The study findings were limited by several factors, including the cross-sectional design and the inclusion of only women from a single menopause clinic, which may not reflect FPHL in the general population, as well as the reliance on patients’ recall, the researchers noted. Another limitation was the inability to assess postmenopausal hormone levels