Whether your hair’s not as thick and lustrous as it used to be or you notice unwanted facial hair, hormone fluctuations during menopause may be the reason. Hair loss can be linked to other issues, too, like genetics, stress, illness, or medications. Less estrogen and more testosterone are usually the cause of unwanted hair.
What you can do: Talk with your doctor to pinpoint the cause. For unwanted hair growth, your doctor may prescribe spironolactone, a type of water pill that can slow male-pattern hair growth in women. Other options include laser treatments, waxing, plucking, shaving, or bleaching. For thinning hair, certain prescription medicines can be effective.