Led by the International Menopause Society, World Menopause Day falls every year on 18th October. The day is observed to raise awareness of the huge impact menopause has on women’s lives around the world. It is vital to break the stigma that even today often prevents the condition being discussed openly. Hair Gain are proud to be advocates of women suffering with hair loss. We wanted to understand the role menopause was playing in those experiencing hair fall. So, we conducted a national survey of 1,000 women, and here are the results.
Menopause Is a Major Cause of Hair Loss
Menopause has many symptoms, with some authorities saying there are as many as 62! Hot flashes, night sweats, tiredness and mood swings are some of the most well-known issues. But our survey revealed that hair loss was an enormous problem. Shockingly, 81% of women suffer with some form of hair loss during the peri menopause and menopause.
Hair Loss: The Most Common Symptom
Our World Menopause Day survey asked respondents to pick the worst symptoms they were experiencing. Hair loss came in top of the pile! 43% said it was the most common condition they suffered. Hot flashes (30%), sleep problems (26%) and anxiety (21%) followed. Of those women, nearly one in five experienced extreme hair loss. Meanwhile, 64% had mild or moderate levels of hair thinning.
Hair Loss & Self Esteem
The study also found that 93% of women felt their hair is a very or even extremely important part of their self-esteem. Menopause and hair loss are taboo subjects for many women. So, one can only imagine the issues this double-whammy creates.
Hair Gain founder Lucy Palmer said: "It's quite shocking that over eight out of ten women will suffer from hair loss during menopause which can result in a serious blight on their confidence and self-esteem.”
Is Help Out There?
We discovered that over half of menopausal women (53%) sought medical advice to counter menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms. However, of those people, only 39% found the advice from medical professionals helpful. Support is better from friends and family with over half of respondents finding them to be of help through menopause. But sadly, in 2022, nearly 20% of women said they were too embarrassed to discuss the issue with their family and friends. A worrying statistic as we celebrate World Menopause Day.
We wanted to find out what methods menopausal women were finding to help address their symptoms. Once again, our World Menopause Day survey revealed interesting trends. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has long been at the front line as a treatment to help the condition. However, only 24% of respondents said it was the most effective therapy. Meanwhile, over 29% said they were getting the best results from supplements or herbal remedies. With hair loss proving to be a major symptom of menopause, it comes as no surprise that 33% of respondents are using hair vitamins and supplements to combat the issue.
Our Survey Said….
Hair Gain conducted this survey for World Menopause Day in October 2022 with a sample of 1,000 women. Their hair care range includes vegan supplements that have been scientifically formulated to support healthy hair from within. They have an active ingredient derived from pea-shoots which is clinically-proven to boost hair growth. Backed by trichologists, the supplements also support normal collagen formation as well as the health of the skin and nails.
Hair Gain founder Lucy Palmer recommends that in addition to taking great hair supplements, women suffering with hair loss should follow these tips:
- Eat well. While supplements should make up a part of every healthy diet, eating a balanced diet with grains, greens, eggs and lean meats is a must.
- Exercise daily and drink plenty of water.
- Keep stress to a minimum to help lessen or prevent hormonal imbalances.
- Look after the hair you have. Stay away from styling tools as much as possible, use gentle and natural shampoos and conditioners and air-dry your hair.
With celebrities such as Ruth Langford and Nadia Sawalha opening up about the menopause and hair loss, it’s good to see more women ready to look for support and it’s comforting to know that there are steps they can take to improve matters. As we observe World Menopause Day 2022 and Menopause Awareness Month, Hair Gain are proud that we’re able to help many women suffering with hair fall while challenging the taboos around the issue.