Intro to Iron Deficiency and Perimenopause Hair Loss

Perimenopause marks the end of the reproductive years in which your body makes the natural transition to menopause.

Eventually, all women go through this biological process.

Perimenopause means “around menopause” and is also called the menopausal transition.

Women start perimenopause at different ages.

Some notice signs, such as irregular periods, in their 40s and some as early as their mid-30s.

Estrogen and progesterone are responsible for keeping the hair in the growing phase,
allowing your hair
to grow faster and stay on the head longer.

During perimenopause, estrogen rises and drops irregularly.

When estrogen and progesterone levels drop, it triggers an increase in male hormones called androgens, which are responsible for shrinking hair follicles.

With a decrease in estrogen and progesterone and an increase in androgens, the result can be slow hair growth and an increase in hair loss.

As your body resets from childbearing, many other things are going on that may exacerbate hair loss, especially in the cascade of hormonal fluctuations!

Many overlook the importance of iron in one’s diet.

If you are not getting enough iron through your diet, you may experience excessive hair shedding (Telogen Effluvium), or you may find that your hair will not grow past a certain length.

Iron Deficiency and Perimenopause Hair Loss

***Before you continue reading, please note that we are not medical professionals and are not making any claims or giving any medical advice.***

Iron is a mineral essential to our health. Its most important function is to aid in producing red blood cells.

Red blood cells contain a protein called hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through our bloodstream to all our organs and tissue, which includes
your hair follicles. Iron also optimizes energy levels, nourishes muscles (including your heart), and helps the immune system function. It’s vital for total body health and well-being–and hair growth!

If you do not have enough iron in your body, you may develop a condition called iron deficiency anemia.

With a lack of red blood cells, your body lacks oxygen. It will channel the available oxygen supply to vital organs to keep them alive, rather than your hair follicles. Without oxygen, your hair follicles stop functioning properly, causing slow growth and hair loss.

It’s important to consume plenty of iron through diet. Those that are vegetarian, vegan, and if you frequently exercise because some iron is lost through sweat should pay particular attention to their iron intake through diet. Anemia can occur if your diet lacks iron-rich foods or if you are not absorbing iron adequately.

​The symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include:

Extreme tiredness

Lack of energy

Pale skin


Heart palpitations

Slow hair growth

Hair loss

Conclusion to Iron Deficiency and Perimenopause Hair Loss

If you are losing your hair, or notice it is not growing as long or as fast as it used to, we suggest asking your doctor to test your iron levels.

If you discover you are anemic, try not to worry — hair loss due to anemia is reversible, and your doctor can prescribe for you an iron supplement. It is important to follow the dosage you are given, because high iron levels can also be dangerous, and taking more than prescribed will not lead to a faster result. You may also want to ask your doctor to suggest changes to your diet.

The most beneficial treatment for anemia and hair loss is
making sure you’re getting enough iron through good nutrition and supplementation. Good sources of iron are meat, liver, shellfish, nuts, leafy green vegetables,  & dried fruit. To ensure
you are growing your best hair possible,
you must use gentle, natural, and nourishing hair care products, like Belegenza. If not Belegenza, make sure they are SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) free and chemical-free and nasties free.

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Iron Deficiency and Perimenopause Hair Loss

Iron Deficiency and Perimenopause Hair Loss