Hair loss and a ton of symptoms

by Cindy Petric
(Hornell, NY)

I am 57 and have hair loss, and a ton of the other symptoms. I had my tubes tied when I was 43 after my second son. I am assuming I went through menopause, it's been a few years since I had a period.

The doctors said they had no idea why my hair was falling out, "must be genetic". I am wondering, I have read other information by Dr. Mercola and he said that one should do a liver cleanse before using any progesterone. I have a gall bladder full of stones and he said the fat the progesterone causes could make problems for the liver and I would guess a gall bladder full of stones. I have been using just a little of the progeserone every day for about 10 days or so. I am not sure of any changes yet, but I am just doing a tiny bit. I didn't do any testing, I just know that this is the problem and got some Natpro.

1. will this help my hair grow back?
2. will my gall bladder explode on me?
3. how much should I use, I am afraid of using it twice a day?

I had migrains and I am dizzy and don't want those coming back worse than before, and will they subside after a while if they do come back because of the Natpro?

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May 23, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Hi cindy, I feel your pain! Last year I had to be on disability for a bit, dizzy, hair coming out migraines alot! Hair dry too... I did get test and estrogen was high, progesterone low. It has taken me a while... months and months to feel better but this is what I have done, may help you. Migraines I take magnesium and b2 together this has made much less frequent. I also do 5000 mcg of vitamin D. I do progesterone 200-300 mg a day, I'm 45 and my periods are now all over the board, never know when just irregular pretty much. I finally feel much better but my hair is still not good....so had my T3 part of the the thyroid, hair, energy depression can be affected by this, this is how your body utilizes energy and it has been stuck on the bottom or just below normal, also affects metabolism. I am now on 10 mg of cytomel only been a week but I already noticed less fallout of hair! Thank the lord!! . As far as supplements I take minerals, multi and take internally pure organic unrefined coconut oil most people are scared because it is fat but look it up and read more of the benifits I love it and I use on my skin put in a nice container and rub a bit all over the body and you can put a tiny amount in hair, very small amount but it is very healthy!. I'm under tremendous stress and I haven't had a cold or anything since. I hope this helps alittle! The magnesium b2 combo will help headaches and the progesterone, but sometimes it takes a little while.

I hope you feel better soon!!!!.

May 30, 2011
Hair loss and a ton of symptoms
by: Wray

Hi Cindy I've not heard of progesterone causing a fat problem! In fact it prevents atherosclerosis, it thins the blood, as it prevents platelets aggregating, it aids the liver in getting rid of cholesterol and prevents clots forming. A liver cleanse is a good idea, there are plenty of sites that give instructions on it. One thing they never mention is to take the amino acid taurine. This is vital for bile production, bile is needed to aid the liver in ridding the gallstones. Hair loss has baffled researchers for years, there are now dozens of theories. Plus many, many studies have been done, but as yet no one knows why it occurs. Although a few causes have been found, they don't cover the majority of cases. The ones which stand out for me are excess testosterone, insulin resistance, stress and a lack of blood flow to the hair follicle which prevents nutrients reaching the growing shaft. Each month women make more testosterone than oestrogen, but luckily most of it is converted to oestrogen. The enzyme aromatase effects the conversion, but as we get older this conversion seems to slow. So we end up with more testosterone than needed, hence the scalp hair loss and facial hair women in peri-menopause and menopause experience. In fact the menopausal ovary is an androgen producing organ, see here. Another conversion takes place, this is governed by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is implicated in alopecia. Progesterone inhibits 5 alpha-reductase activity by 97 +/- 5.3%, see here. I recommend 100-200mg/day, this is generally sufficient to suppress any excess testosterone or oestrogen. Both these hormones can cause Insulin Resistance, implicated in hair loss. Stress causes hair loss, progesterone is very calming, thus reducing the stress response, see our page on Anxiety. Progesterone is a vasodilator, plus it prevents platelets aggregating, so enhancing blood flow. This would allow nutrients to get where they are needed. Oestrogen on the other hand causes clotting, and constricts the smooth muscle found in blood vessels. There are nutrients which help hair growth, please consider taking 5000iu's/day vitamin D, 2000mg/day N-actyl cysteine, 2000mg/day inositol, 2-3mg biotin and 100mg thiamine (B1). I'm running out of space, so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

May 30, 2011
Hair loss and a ton of symptoms
by: Wray

Hi Cindy A little progesterone will merely make any Oestrogen Dominance you might get worse. Progesterone can help hair growth, as I've said above. I can't see your gallbladder exploding on you! But if concerned, do the flush before using it, it doesn't take long. And I do find 100-200mg/day progesterone is needed, certainly if symptoms are of long standing and severe. Yours seem to be. Progesterone levels drop after about 13 hours, so if used only once a day your symptoms can come back. I found progesterone excellent for dizziness, and it's very good for migraines too, see here, here, here, here and here. Take care Wray

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