Hair thinning

by Kathy
(Pensacola, FL)

I am a 48 year old healthy female. My hair thinning started when a new GYN doctor changed my BC. I didn't know at the time that the new BC had a high androgen effect. I suffered bad hair loss 3 months after I was told to stop taking it.

Another GYN doctor suggested I start taking a low androgen BC. Consulted with a bioidentical specialist that prescribed progesterone - 40 mg once a day on days 1-14 and 40 mg twice a day on days 15-28. I am wondering if that is enough? Bioidentical specialist also suggested that I stop taking BC, but could that trigger more hair loss? I have been on progesterone for 7 days. I feel nauseated somewhat after applying it and it seems that I am more tired. I eat very good, exercise, and get enough sleep. I do not get sick either. Any advice on hair loss and regrowing hair?

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Jun 26, 2011
Hair Loss
by: Wray

Hi Kathy All drug based Contraceptives can cause adverse side effects, many of the common ones are androgenic. I would agree with your specialist about stopping the BC. Yes, stopping it can trigger more hair loss, this is explained in the link above. You are now in Peri-menopause, this page gives info on how to use progesterone cream. I don't believe you're using enough, this is the reason for the symptoms you're getting. It's explained on our Oestrogen Dominance page. I recommend 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are severe. There are a number of nutrients which help hair growth, please consider taking 5000iu's/day vitamin D, 2000mg/day N-actyl cysteine, 2000mg/day inositol, 2-3mg biotin and 100mg thiamine (B1). Please check your iron levels, and there is some evidence the amino acid lysine is beneficial too, see here. Vitamin D is vital for the anagen phase of hair growth, see here, here and here. Please consider having a test done, for more info see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Before increasing the amount of progesterone you are using, please re-read our page on oestrogen dominance. Take care Wray

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