Low estrogen, hair thining & male pattern hair loss?

by Cheryl
(Bogota NJ)

Hi Wray, your site has been a tremendous help to me for some time now. I have been using Natpro for about a year and feeling very well, almost like I'm in my 30's.

I'm 52, perimenopausal. I tried many progesterone creams, herbs, vitamins etc but did not get relief from my symptoms of excessive sweating, insomnia, foggy thinking, depression and hair loss until I started using Natpro - no side effects. Thank God! My only stubborn issue is that my hair stopped falling but not growing especially the thin areas to the sides and the top of the head. I used your advice and started taking the inositol, NAC and biotin. I saw some small hair growth in those areas. I decided to do a saliva test and my estrogen/estradiol is low 0.8 pg/ml, progesterone 5756 pg/ml, testosterone 13 pg/ml.

Question, do I need to add some estrogen cream or phytoestrogen? Seems like this is the reason for the stunted growth of my hair. Thanks for your response. I have figured out a lot of my issues, but this one I need your help. I've spent tons of money on all sorts hair creams/lotions etc.

Thank you again for your precious time.

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Oct 10, 2011
Low estrogen, hair thining & male pattern hair loss?
by: Wray

Hi Cheryl I'm so delighted the site and the progesterone has helped you. And that you've responded to those nutrients too. I'm not in favour of any oestrogen, as you might have gathered! I've done a web page on hair loss, but it's not up yet. But during the research I could find no evidence for using oestrogen. Hair does grow slowly, about 1 1/2 centimetres or 1/2 inch per month, ageing reduces this growth. Androgenic alopecia (AGA) is associated with increased androgen levels. Although your testosterone is lowish, it's the free testosterone which is the problem. Did they give you this result? Each month women make more testosterone than oestrogen, but normally most of it is converted to oestrogen. The enzyme aromatase effects the conversion, but as women get older this conversion slows. Plus the menopausal ovary is an androgen secreting organ, see here. The adrenals also secrete androgens. It could be you need vitamin D. Interestingly there's a greater incidence of AGA in cold climates. The link appears to be more one of higher latitude, rather than temperature. The higher the latitude, the less vitamin D is made in the skin. Vitamin D is essential for the anagen growth phase in hair. Please have a test done, for more info see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Specialists are saying levels should be 70-100ng/ml, and not the 30ng/ml doctors and labs believe is adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day. I hope it's only the vitamin D that's missing. I have in fact added this to the nutrients needed for hair growth. I think you must have seen an early comment I made. i would be very interested to hear if it does make a difference, please let me know! Take care Wray

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