Post # 16
Oh boy, can I relate. I had a similar issue and it really, really impacted my self esteem.
I first went to the Dr to test my thyroid and iron. It came back that my iron was low, and I may or may not have an issue with my thyroid. I got on an iron supplement and for now am just taking supplements for my thyroid since I’m not super excited about synthetic hormones. I definitely think that blood work is the first step, because something like 90% of hair loss in women is due to low iron.
I also started using the Nioxin hair treatment system and it is a god send. My hair has not fully come back, but this product line has helped so, so much. I have less breakage (noticed this almost immediately, and well before you should notice a change with supplements alone) and my hair looks thicker and is stronger. I get comments all the time about how much thicker my hair looks now. I’m using System 4 because my hair is colored and visibly thinning.
Just in case you are interested, here are the supplements I’m taking: Iron, Saw Palmetto, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin C, Thyroid Support, BioSil, and one other that I’m forgetting right now.
Post # 17
if you haven’t recently had surgery or come of birth control then definitely check your Thyroid! I have Hashimotos and one of the main symptoms was that I lost about 40% of my hair. Also when you get your iron checked ask them to check your feritin levels, not just your iron levels. Feritin is where your body stores iron and if the stores are too low then any iron you eat goes to muscles rather than hair. You could have great levels in your blood but if your stores are low you lose hair.
Post # 18
Wow, it’s nice to see that I’m not the only one that has this problem. I got a vitamin that includes biotin, and will be going to the doctor soon. I’m also taking a break from conditioner, because on closer inspection I noticed a build up of sebum (and probably conditioner/dry shampoo) in the crown of my head. Which would explain the super dandruff.
Post # 19
You are so not alone. I have been losing my hair for years and it’s now really bad since I just had a baby and am experiencing hair loss associated with the hormone drop. I highly recommend you find a good endocrinologist to have your thyroid, iron, and hormone levels checked. It may be related to other hormones, not just the thyroid, and a regular doctor will not have the training to understand how all the hormones work together..they’ll just read the lab report ranges and move on. Good luck, hopefully it’s something easily solved!
Post # 20
I think I will try a regular doc first (to see if its blatantly obvious as to why), and maybe a dermatologist to see if i have anything wrong with my scalp, but if those dont get me anywhere, I wil definitely try that! Thank you for the advice 🙂 And i hope yours gets solved too!