Menopausal Hair Loss

The precise cause of the menopausal hair loss is unclear, but it appears to be genetically determined in the majority of cases. The most common cause of menopausal hair loss is an inherited alteration in the way individual hair follicles metabolize the sex hormone testosterone. Most women experiencing this type of hair loss actually have normal hormonal function including, normal testosterone levels, normal menstrual function, and fertility. Those affected are believed to experience a higher rate of conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. It is the effect of DHT on the hair follicles that is thought to be the mechanism responsible for the hair loss.