What’s up with that hair that popped up on my chin overnight? OMG, there’s another on my upper lip? Is that really a 5 o’clock shadow? How come I’m pulling out clumps (OK, maybe a bit of an exaggeration) of hair every time I shampoo and/or brush my hair?! Uncle!
Dealing with the more ‘expected’ issues of menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and the mood swings is bad enough. But, throw in the sprouting of unwanted hair sprouting on my upper lip and chin and then losing the hair on my head and I start to wonder what’s next?!
If it’s happening to you, know that thinning hair happens to about half of all women by age 50, and up to 15 percent of women experience hair growth on their chin, upper lip or cheeks after menopause.
Blame it all on the lowering of estrogen and androgen levels during menopause. Both of these hormones go down during menopause, at different rates. Estrogen levels drop severely while androgen levels drop more slowly over time resulting in potential hair woes.
We all have our own approach or remedies to thinning hair and facial hair. For me, it’s a continual check in the magnifying mirror to tweeze any rogue facial hair along with using hair products to help with the thinning scalp.
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