Mirena IUD and hair loss
I started down this path back in Feb 2020 at the age of 38. After 1.5 years of really bad PMS symptoms, and breast tenderness that would start a week before my period and then heavy periods, I scheduled an appointment with my doctor. Before this I had very light periods and virtually no cramping or pains during my periods. Also, during the 1.5 years prior to 2020, I also had really bad hormonal acne. I would break out every month around my chin and neck. It was horrible.
In Feb 2020, my doctor put me on a low estrogen birth control pill to manage my PMS symptoms and heavy periods, which is the first time I’ve taken any birth control in over 12 years. Within the first week I had gained 5 pounds! I am not a big person (5’2.5” and normally 120-125lbs), so the 5 extra pounds was significant. I stopped taking the pill after the first month.
I went back to my doctor in June 9, 2020 and had the Mirena put in based on my doctor’s recommendation. At first it was great, all of my PMS symptoms were gone and I experienced no side effects. Then in September 2020, I started noticing a significant amount of hair loss daily. I thought eventually my system would balance out and my hair shedding would stop, but it continued, so on Nov 24, 2020 I had the Mirena removed.
My hair shedding has continued falling out in large handfuls daily. I have lost about 40% of my hair, which is heartbreaking! By January 2021, my acne has returned along my chin and neck :(
I do not trust doctors and based on some research I started taking the following supplements in Dec 2020:
BioTrust Multi-Collagen – 1 scoop daily
2,000IU Vitamin D3
1,000mg Vitamin C
1,000mcg Vitamin B12
Folexin (hair supplement)
My hair continued to fall out so I researched some more and came across Progesterone Therapy and the Natpro cream on your site. I wish I would have saw this back in Feb 2020! Based on your website, I purchased the Natrpro progesterone cream. I also started taking the following vitamins on 2/3/21 (in addition to the ones listed above)
3000mg – Inositol
2000mg – NAC
5mg – Biotin
100mg - Thiamine B1
5000IU – Vitamin D3 (increased from the 2000 I was taking)
I started taking 200mg (4 pumps) the Natpro progesterone cream on 1/31/21 which was in the middle of my luteal phase. I was only taking the cream for 7 days before I started bleeding. I have a 26-28 day cycle (still trying to figure out as I’ve never tracked it closely).
I stopped the Natpro as soon as I started bleeding on 2/7/21. During days 1-7, I gained 3 pounds and my face broke out in acne. During days 7-12 I had frequent headaches, but my hair stopped shedding.
I started the 200mg Natpro again on day 12 (which should be 14 days before my next period), Feb 19, 2021. The first couple days I felt great, but the last two days I’ve not slept well. I am waking up with night sweats, nausea and my hair has started shedding in large handfuls again!
I know your website says the Natpro should not cause hair loss, but my shedding increases while I’m taking the cream. Do I need to increase the amount of progesterone cream or am I taking too much? I don’t know what to do, but I need my hair to stop falling out! Please help!