Could my hair loss be from menopause?

It just occurred to me: is it possible that my recent spell of hair loss could be yet another fun symptom of menopause? Could I be so fortunate? Or so unfortunate: could it be a symptom of something far worse? Though I'm not allowed to officially identify as menopausal until I've successfully completed one year period-free, I feel entitled to flaunt my perimenopausal-ness and all that it implies. I began experiencing hot flashes—or flushes, as I've seen elsewhere—almost two years ago. Since that time, my periods can either come every two weeks or every three months. Oh, and there's irritability to spare. PMS-like symptoms that go on and on and on. Sleep disturbances out the ying-yang. And wine never looked so good. Now, out of nowhere, I don't have as much hair as I used to. It's not coming out in clumps nor am I finding it all over my clothes or my pillow. I noticed that when I put my hair into a bun or a ponytail, there is way less to work with—way less. I do find more hair in my brush than usual but the volume is just gone. Is menopause most likely behind this? And, most importantly, is there anything I can do about it? I feel so discouraged. Like, even more than I already do.

Pheb-2

F, 51, Utah

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