How can I cure my hairloss?

by Desperate

I have just turned 30 and over the past year or 2 have been losing extreme amounts of hair. I have about one eighth of my hair left. It is baby fine and I have to wear it up because it is thin and stringy.

I also have oily, acne prone skin which I have had since I was 13. My hair used to be waist length, thick and curly. I also get very tired in the afternoons. I eat great, take vitamins, and exercise about 4 times a week. I am thin and otherwise very healthy. I know this is related to my hormones, I just don't know how to fix it.

I am female but have thick black hair that grows on my legs. I eat low sugar, lots of fresh fruits, veggies, salads, seeds and nuts, whole grains, not much dairy besides natural plain yogurt in smoothies. What is up with me? I eat lean meat, although not a ton. I take an iron supplement. I cut out coffee, drink green tea. Why is my hair falling out by the handful? I am not on contraceptive pills. It started thinning in my early 20's. When I got pregnant it grew in super thick and shiny. I breast fed for a year and a half in which it was still pretty. Once I quit it fell out really quickly. What can I do?

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Aug 10, 2010
How can I cure my hairloss?
by: Wray

Hi there Judging by the hair loss, oily, acne prone skin, thick hair on your legs I would say your testosterone level is too high. The fact that you responded so well during pregnancy only confirms this. We can make over 400ng/ml per day progesterone during the third trimester. I would suspect you are not ovulating each month, so your progesterone is low. If this is high enough it suppresses any excess testosterone, oestrogen too. For more info please see our page on How to use progesterone cream. You might like to read our page on Acne too. It explains why this occurs and what to do about it. Briefly if too many carbs are eaten, blood glucose rises too quickly, the pancreas sends out too much insulin in order to bring it down. Insulin stimulates testosterone production, this hormone is responsible for your symptoms. I'm pleased you eat low sugar, but fruit contains a great deal, try to avoid the sweet ones, and eat only apples and berries. Also avoid the sweet root and fruit veggies too. And avoid all grains, especially wheat. They convert too rapidly to glucose. Progesterone certainly helps with your symptoms, but so do certain nutrients. Please consider taking 2000mg/day N-acetyl cysteine, the hair, skin and nails comprise about 14% cysteine, 2000mg/day inositol, often called the anti-alopeica vitamin and 2-3 mg biotin, also essential for hair growth. If you should consider progesterone, the amount to use should be between 100-200mg/day. I prefer a cream, but for more info on delivery systems please see our page on Progesterone application methods. Wonderful news you breast fed for so long, your child will only thank you for it. Take care Wray

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