Dr Helen - my body hair is thinning

Q: I’m 60 and have always had to remove unwanted body hair. However, I’ve recently noticed that the hair is much sparser, particularly under my arms and on my legs. Is it linked to the menopause?

Jillian, Kent

A: This is common after the menopause, due to hormonal changes. Hair tends to become thinner on the scalp, too.

However, if this happens in a pre-menopausal woman, or in someone who is post-menopausal but feels unwell in other ways – they are experiencing weight loss, dizziness and increase in skin pigmentation, for example – it’s possible that the hair loss is due to Addison’s disease, a rare condition.

In most pose-menopausal women, however, the hair reduction is normal and can be seen as a benefit.

Dr Radha Modgil

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