Hormone Replacement Therapy
Treats: Menopausal Hair Thinning
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) restores your body’s oestrogen to an average pre-menopausal level. This treatment relieves menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, mood swings, osteoporosis and decreased libido.
HRT is also known to help with hair thinning. This is because oestrogen is a hair-friendly hormone. It helps keep your hair in its growth phase for longer, and stops it from moving into its shedding phase.
However, there are risks involved with HRT. Studies have shown that it can increase your chances of breast cancer, heart problems, uterine cancer and endometriosis. Before deciding whether to pursue HRT, we advise that you consult with your doctor about the risks as well as the benefits.
If you do decide to go ahead with HRT, we suggest that you make your doctor aware before your treatment that you are concerned about your hair. This may influence which therapy she or he thinks is best for you. Certain HRT therapies are hair-friendly, while others are not beneficial, and some may even exacerbate hair thinning. You may also consult with one of our Trichologists, who will be able to work with your doctor in finding the best all-round HRT treatment.