hair loss

by Kate Marks

Hi there,

I have been having profuse hair loss and thinning since the birth of my second child at 38 years of age. btw my child is now 5.5yr of age and my hair continues to fall out and thin...I had such thick gorgeous hair.

I am convinced it is progesterone as I have tried everything migraines came back after having my second child which had all gone 12 years prior to him. I get headaches on (sometimes migraines) on day one of my period, my periods have always been about every 32 days.

I wanted to ask is it worth doing the monthly saliva hormonal profile test before I start on natural progesterone? How do I know that it is not a testosterone issue or DHEA etc etc ...

many thanks in advance


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Apr 25, 2012
hair loss
by: Wray

Hi Kate Hair Loss can be caused by so many things. Not least a drop in progesterone. It's interesting your migraines have come back now. Not only does progesterone drop sharply after giving birth, but from about age 35 we begin having anovulatory cycles. Your levels are now dropping, particularly as you're entering Peri-menopause. Incidentally the timing of your headaches/migraines is a clue. Progesterone levels drop the few days prior to bleeding, so too does oestrogen. But often the ratio becomes skewed, causing many women many problems! Progesterone does help migraines, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. A saliva test would be of interest, the profile needed is oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone. It should be done mid-luteal phase which is ±7 days after ovulation. This would be round about day 23-25 with your 32 day cycle. We do run Saliva Tests and have found the ratio of P:E2 should be 600:1 and over to feel well. High free testosterone, DHEA too as that increases testosterone, is one cause of hair loss. A lack of vitamin D too, this works together with progesterone, a lack reducing the benefits of progesterone. Plus a lack also causes migraines, see here, here and here. Continued below.

Apr 25, 2012
hair loss Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Kate Please have a test done. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. I normally recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, dependant on symptoms. Take care Wray

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