Hair loss at 23

posted 2 weeks ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

blessedbethefruit002 :  Hi Bee

I’m so sorry you’re going through this. My mother and my sister both experienced dramatic hair thinning at around 18. As it was a genetic thing, there’s not much they could do retrospectively. 

I believe if you catch it as it’s happening, or as it’s starting, there is treatment to prevent further loss, but neither were proactive enough at the time to start treating it.

You can try seeing a dermatologist, or a hair loss clinic, but for hair loss such as this (if it is genetic), positive results can be spotty. It it’s hormonal, perhaps it’s a matter of taking hormone suppliments that increase hair growth. 

I’m sorry I can’t give you better advice, but I can tell you you’re not alone, SO many women go through it. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

blessedbethefruit002 :  Time is critical for hair loss, as once the follicles have died off it’s extremely difficult to bring them back to life, no matter what the cause it.

So yes, do recommend you see a hair loss doctor like yesterday if as you said it was a few years ago when this started

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

You are not alone. Hormones are weird.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I know thyroid issues mess with your hair, have you had any other symptoms at all like fatigue, weight gain/loss? Not that that should specifically be related to coming off birth control, but I’ve known a few people to have weird thyroid issues in their early 20’s and some of them have issues with birth control while it’s being sorted out. 

Good luck! Definitely see a doctor, if it’s some sort of hormonal imbalance it would be best for you if it got sorted out, regardless of the hair situation. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Girl you are not alone! I had major post birth control hair loss as well. I brought it up to my OBGYN and she said it’s entirely possible as it can induce a postpartum hormone situation. The pill gives you estrogen and progesterone so when you stop taking it your body needs to learn to remake its own hormones. That can cause an elevation in androgens and if you are sensitive to that you can lose hair. Google anything about post birth control hair loss and you’ll see it seems to be something that no one talks about but isnt unique. My hair is growing back. I have tons of baby hairs but I just need to be patient. It took me 6 months to get a period back and when I got my period back I noticed my hair coming back. I used Nioxin shampoo and conditioner (recommended from my hair stylist) and took prenatal vitamins as per usual. Tried to limit heat styling and tried to air dry my hair as much as possible. My hair isn’t 100% the same but I can see that it is trying! You aren’t alone and I completely can commiserate. 100% will never go on oral birth control ever again. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I should add I did have my TSH tested at my last yearly checkup and it was completely normal. So for me at least, thyroid wasn’t an issue. I didn’t have any hormones tested as the loss phase is done. Just waiting for the regrowth to even out now. Unfortunately I have slow growing hair and always have. I wonder if that’s connected. Lol 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

It could be related to coming off birth control, but also get your thyroid checked and take folic acid supplements. The supplements helped me when I started losing more than the normal amount of hair in my early 20s.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I am in my 40’s but I have dealt and read much about this.  If its from the pill, it should come back once hormones are back to normal.  I would get your testosterone tested, if its high they can give you a medicine called spironactolate that helps prevent DHT which is something that can make hair thin.  People take it for acne too, but it lowers the effects of testosterone.  I am on it, and I was also put on the pill because at my age my estrogen was falling so I needed to add hormones back.  Now I am stuck on it, afraid to come off.  I will take as long as I can (age 50) and then ask for hormone replacement meds.  I am terrified of losing my hair. I understand your pain.  

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