Shedding hair dramatically
I am 51 female. Absolutely no medical problems throughout life. Then about 3 years ago, out of the blue, I started shedding hair dramatically.
After 3 years I have lost about 1/2 of my thick hair. Not long after the initial start of losing hair, my menses became very heavy. My gyno put me on YAZ to lighten the periods, as I had a fibroid. Did that for a year. Hair shed no less or more while on YAZ. During this year, I went to see a hemotologist because I had read that anemia could make you lose hair. I was low but after a year and extra iron, I got to the right level, but my hair still was shedding. My periods were extremely light after a year on YAZ, so I got off. Hair still shed. Had a thyroid test 9 months ago, came back normal. Iron and ferritin good, thyroid normal, stopped having periods, fibroid is shrinking - but hair is still shedding.
I also have weak finger nails, they used to peel, but thats better, but they still are weak. Just recently tested hormones: FSH is 28.1 ng/ml putting me in postmenopausal range. Progesterone is 0.6 miu/ml putting me in postmenopausal range. My estradiol is 221.0 pg/ml putting me in follicular and mid cycle phase. Postmenopausal range for estradiol is 20 - 93. I am way high.
What does this mean to you? Could my hormones be causing my hair loss? I am desperate. I have been using progesterone cream 1/2 tsp per day for one month. Using Source Progesterone - usp progesterone from soy, 1/4 tsp = 22 mg. After reading your site, I upped the dosage the second month. I am 2 weeks into the second month using 1 1/4 tsp per day = 100 mg, split into twice a day, 50mg twice a day. But at this point my hair sheds as much as usual. What do you recommend? How long will it take?