Losing my hair for 10 years

by Charlie
(France)

Dear Wray, I am 35 years old and I have been losing my hair for 10 years approx. in a male balding pattern. I have had my iron level checked and have been supplemented for about 2 years now. I also take a good multi (since october 2010) and Zinc (since Oct too). I have stopped the pill about 5 months ago, I was taking a generic of Diane 35 (I don't know if you are familiar with the name, but it was intended to prevent hair loss, but never really worked on me. I later learned that the generic wasn't as good as the original one).

We will be trying for a baby in a few months. But in the meantime I would really like to know if NatPro can help the hair loss, it is a real concern for me, I can't grow them longer that a bob and my scalp is itchy. I have already bought NatPro as I know it will help me anyhow but would like to know of other stories about hair loss and the exact amount I shall use daily. My period isn't yet regular, I suffer from mood swings and asthma.

By the way, thank you for all the e-mails you have sent me so far, very interesting!
Warm regards,
Charlotte

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Mar 18, 2011
Hair loss
by: Wray

Hi Charlie Pleased you enjoy the emails, you must have done the questionnaire. They're sent for about a month afterwards, then stop. We don't want to bore people too much! I'm not in favour of any Contraceptive, please look through this page and you'll see why! They stop ovulation, by doing so it stops all ovarian progesterone production. The reasoning behind giving them for hair loss, is by stopping the ovarian cycle, it also stops testosterone production. This causes the hair loss. All women make more testosterone than oestrogen each month. But most of it gets converted into oestrogen. If for some reason this doesn't occur, we have excess testosterone. The enzyme aromatase is responsible for the conversion. I find it far safer to reduce testosterone levels, oestrogen too, by using progesterone. Progesterone does seem to help hair loss, or certainly makes it grow thick, as evidenced by the wonderful hair most women have in pregnancy. Some studies have found success by applying it topically, others not. It seems a dysregulation in blood glucose could be responsible. One study likening hair loss in men, to PCOS in women. Please have a vitamin D test done, this is critical for health in general, for a growing foetus, and for the anagen or growth phase of hair, see here, here and here. For more info on testing see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. This on iron, see here.
Vitamin D and progesterone are lacking in asthma, see here, here and here. I'm running out of space, so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

Mar 18, 2011
Hair loss
by: Wray

Hi again Charlie As I mentioned vitamin D is critical for a growing foetus, see here, here, here, here, here and here. So is the amino acid taurine, see here, here and here. So of course is progesterone, please see our page on Pregnancy. Progesterone also helps mood swings too. Please see our page on How to use progesterone cream for more info. I recommend 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. It is trial and error to find the amount that suits, bearing in mind stress drops progesterone levels. So more is needed to prevent symptoms returning. Take care Wray

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