Stressful 3 years

by Sue

My last period was over two years ago and I am more or less through the night sweats, hot flushes without using HRT. I have had a stressful 3 years with my mother's death, my husband's unemployment and bankruptcy. We have moved to the other side of the world too, away from our grown up children.

Now I know that sounds a lot of stress but I feel I have handled it. However, for the last few years my hair has been falling out, and whereas I once had thick shiny hair, it is now very thin, dry and very brittle. Also my nails have not grown properly for the last few years, splitting and breaking constantly.

Could Progesterone be of help? Hope you will be able to advise me. Thank you.

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Jun 30, 2010
Stressful 3 years
by: Wray

Hi Sue That is a lot of stress! And it can affect us in many different ways, hair loss is one of them, so are weak nails. I had a period of stress at one point, and my nails suffered so much they looked as if I'd bitten them off to the quick. Within three months of using progesterone they started to grow again. In fascination I watched as they grew longer and longer, realising I'd never had strong nails, so could never grow long ones. My fascination over long nails didn't last, I discovered I far prefer them short! Hair too, most women can testify on how lovely their hair was when pregnant. Having had children, can you recall what it was like then? We make over 400mg/day progesterone in the third trimester of pregnancy. So yes progesterone certainly helps, but please also consider taking 1000-2000mg/day N-acetyl cysteine. The nails, hair and skin comprise about 14% cysteine, this amino acid makes all the difference to the strength and health of these. Inositol too, this is often called the anti-alopecia vitamin, up to 4000mg/day. Another B vitamin biotin is excellent too, about 2-3mg/day. I take all these daily and have remarkably strong nails and hair, skin too. If you do decide to use the progesterone please take a look at our web page on Menopause. It's also essential to read our page on Oestrogen Dominance too, as this can occur. Take care Wray

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