New treatment can stop mid-life hair loss for women during menopause

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Menopause can result in a number of unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes or insomnia. However, one side-effect that many people overlook is thinning hair and hair loss among middle-age women. Estimates show that about 40 percent of women over the age of 60 will develop female pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia. Now, new research from the North American Menopause Society reports a nutraceutical supplement may be quite effective at promoting hair growth and improved hair quality among perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women.

The loss or thinning of hair can have a big impact on anyone’s self-esteem and well-being in general. Making matters worse is the fact that there are few effective therapeutic options available today. With all that in mind, these findings may prove beneficial for countless women.

The nutraceutical supplement consists of nutrient-derived bioactive compounds coming from food sources. Researchers explain it appears to promote hair growth, greater hair percentage, and more time spent in the anagen phase of hair growth — which is when hair follicles form new hair shafts — in women who are dealing with hormone-change-related hair issues.

Hair regrowth without side-effects?

Researchers examined the treatment’s effectiveness after six and 12 months. They discovered that average hair counts surged both “significantly and progressively.” Hair quality improvements increased by 40 percent, hair shedding decreased, and the participants experienced minimal side-effects.

“With the aging of our society and the fact that women now spend approximately one-third of their lives in the postmenopausal period, research into interventions for menopause symptoms, including hair thinning, is critical, especially with therapeutic options being so limited,” says lead study author Dr. Glynis Ablon of the Ablon Skin Institute and Research Center in a media release.

“Hair loss is a significant concern for midlife women,” concludes NAMS medical director Dr. Stephanie Faubion. “Additional research will help confirm the long-term efficacy of nutraceutical supplements.”

Researchers presented their findings at The North American Menopause Society’s Annual Meeting.