Ask the Nurse

My hair is falling out of my head. I have had bloodwork done, but no doctor seems concerned. I am in the beginning stages of menopause and have read that hair loss is normal. What type of doctor should I see for potential hormone treatment? I really don’t want to wait until I am bald to get help!

You should have a medical evaluation including:

  • Past medical history
  • Family history
  • Hormone levels
  • Iron/ferritin (goal at least 50-70) zinc level
  • Vitamin D level

Many women have a predisposition to female patterned hair thinning (androgenic alopecia) that becomes more noticeable at menopause and other women have telogen effluvium worsened by stress, vitamin deficiencies, etc.

Read Dr. Holly L. Thacker’s chapter on hair/skin in "The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause" and her column on hair loss, ’Hair Loss…It’s Not Something That Just Happens To Dear Ole’ Dad!’. And be sure to see a physician who specializes in this.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

April 16, 2014 at 8:58am