Losing clumps of hair

by Lisa
(Worcester, Mass.)

I am 45 years old and have been losing clumps of my hair for the last three years. I am very healthy, excersize and am not overweight. I took DHEA about 3 years ago and noticed my hair falling out so I stopped (I took it for a total of about 3 months). My hair has not stopped falling out since.

My doctor said I had a low thyroid and the armour thyroid medication helped to balance me somewhat. I have cold hands and feet, thin skin but no weight gain. I eat organic food, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, no sugar, however I used to drink wine quite a bit which I noticed made my hair worse so I stopped. I hardly have any hair left and I used to have thick fine hair.

I suspect from reading the information here and elsewhere that I may be unbalanced with progesterone. Please tell me if anyone has had any success with their hair growing back after taking the progesterone with time. I began taking it about a few weeks ago and noticed my libido back right away. I got a 51 on the questionnaire. Thank you.

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Nov 11, 2009
Losing clumps of hair
by: Wray

Hi Lisa Progesterone can help hair loss, particularly if it's due to stress. I'm relieved you stopped the DHEA as it can cause cancer and cysts, please see these papers...
Paper 1
Paper 2
It could be you don't need the armour, but tyrosine, the amino acid precursor to the two thyroid hormones. Cold hands and feet are also a symptom of low tyrosine. It seems you eat no animal protein so it could well be you lack tyrosine. I would suggest trying some to see if it helps, anything from 500-3000mg/day, start low and increase slowly. Best taken in the morning. If you have thin skin and hair loss it seems you lack another amino, cysteine. Up to 14% of the hair, skin and nails comprises cysteine, taking this would certainly strengthen them all and I've found it helps hair loss too. Take anything from 1000-5000mg/day, the best form is N-acetyl cysteine. And another essential is inositol, often called the anti-alopecia vitamin. Take 2000-4000mg/day. I'm pleased the progesterone helped the libido, it does, we have many men using it for that too. Some studies on men have found it helps hair loss too. As you scored 51, which is quite high, I feel you can only benefit from it. Use between 100-200mg/day. Take care, Wray

Jan 09, 2010
hair loss
by: stressed

Just started on bioidentical progesterone therapy. I am hoping my hair will stop falling out, it is so depressing. I have become a different person since this has started. The stress is overwhelming. Best to all.

Oct 12, 2010
You may have to do your own research.
by: Ginger, RN, CMT

DHEA is a wonderful supplement. Most Drs. don't even know what DHEA can do or how to prescribe it because it is a dietary supplement. Just because a supplement has tremendous success and health benefits for one person doesn't mean its good for all of us. I guarantee your Dr. (unless he's a neurologist) doesn't even know the correct dosage to prescribe, or when to take it. Most doctors are lacking so much BASIC physiological and nutritional education and this becomes a problem because of misdiagnosing due to the lack of understanding of how the supplement works specifically. Like with anything else, don't be ignorant, GET A SECOND OPINION FROM ANOTHER DOCTOR WHO HAS A BACKGROUND IN EXERCISE AND NUTRITION!

Oct 22, 2010
You may have to do your own research.
by: Wray

Hi Ginger Unfortunately DHEA has a dark side, it can cause cysts and cancer. Please see here, here and here. Take care Wray

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