Somewhere around october 2013, I had lost a little hair on my hairline and got a couple of pimples.
My ferritin level in jan was 10 and vitamin D was Both extremely low. My dermatologist thought it was something to do with hormones and put me on flutamide for a month. So, within in a month, my face cleared and I also saw regrowth of some really short hair on my hairline. During this time, my hair thinned out terribly in the crown but got back hair on my hairline. My periods after stopping Yasmin are around 3540 days apart. This did make my hairline look a little better. Now regarding the aforementioned fact. I discontinued flutamide, right after this.
Thanks for your response.
And now here is a question. I have no information if there was a relation it just seemed coincidental with the sudden hairloss? Hi, I was experiencing hair loss for years with normal hormone levels. At my last physical my iron and vitamin D levels were both in the single digits. Remember, in all my research, Loestrin is the highest androgenic pill on the market so I’m a bit confused. Just a head’s up to other ladies.
Thank you very much for sharing the informative article. Just wondering if I can expect my hair to grow back after experiencing substantial hair loss from PCOS. Any insight would be appreciated! The details provided by you will help me vividly.
Great question about ovulatory cycles with high androgens.
Levongestral for 2 years during which time I ran this pill gether preventing periods. In my experience, it’s mostly to do with inflammation and environmental xins stimulating the adrenal glands to make androgens. Needless to say, pCOS without actually having PCOS. Acne on my head too. Can you help? The acne is terrible and my hair doesn’t seem to be shedding but is definitely not thickening up. As a result, that’s the Type 3 PCOS that I describe in my 4 PCOS Types post. Then again, solution is to reduce inflammation and help your body to eliminate toxins. My thyroid test was ‘normal’ at 0 I have started taking a herbal formula prescribed by the oriental medicine pract for my acne but I would really like to get to the underlying issue -but neither my doc or the oriental medicine prac seem to know what that is.
The pill masks acne, as for acne. Synthetic estrogen strongly dries up skin oils, which the skin compensates for by making more oil. Any knowledge you can share about your patient’s experiences will help tremendously. The acne gonna be even worse than before, when you do ever stop the pill again.
Most definitely, it can be a combination of more than one PCOS type.
One of my readers asked about the burning sensation in my other hair loss post. You see, androgenic alopecia can present as diffuse hair loss. Fact, taking coconut oil and probiotics had really helped me. You should take it into account. Insulin resistance and inflammation is a similar combination. If your gut is messed up you don’t properly absorb nutrients. Even though I ate healthy I was anemic and vitamin D deficient from overuse of antibiotics. NatalieI don’t know about lexapro but the antibiotics for sure probably messed up your gut. Did you hear of something like this before? Best treatment is the anti inflammatory diet and supplements that I discuss in my book.
Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis. Thanks for the response. My scalp itchiness and hair thinning I cannot, and that is what I am most concerned about, the rash and itchiness I can live. Is it even possible to have normal regrowth now? Any info on H Pylori and it’s relation to PCOS? My doctors think it was triggered by getting progesterone shots to prevent preterm labor during my 3rd pregnancy. NAC and sticking to a healthy diet to try to lose some extra pounds. That’s right! I worry about how much my hair has thinned, d2 prescribed by my doctor to get my levels up some more. Thanks again! The main manifestation is a rash on my legs and general itchiness ‘710’ days prior to my period that usually resolves shortly after starting my period.
Do you mean a normal ultrasound, when you say you don’t actually have PCOS.
That goes hand in hand with the autoimmune inflammation. Your periods have stopped so your doctor should order blood tests including. Normally, fSH, LH, testosterone, SHBG, androstenedione, and most importantly. Ultrasound cannot be used to diagnose PCOS. Best strategy. This is where it starts getting very serious, right? High DHEAS is usually chronic result inflammation.
No illness during that time. It kills off bugs without harming you anyway. And, is there a way to lower that naturally? Michelle, in my opinion it is very possible. Furthermore, coconut oil is great too. Could the really high DHEA S just occur without an illness or the Hashimoto? Oftentimes dr. Anyway, lara has loads of great info on here about treating PCOS naturally. Do what you can to get blood flow to your scalp. Furthermore, when you are done with your round of antibiotics you should take multiple probiotics to help establish healthy gut bacteria.
If you were on a high androgen index birth control pill for years and were sensitive to this pill, did not notice it until later on, should coming pill off reverse the hair loss and any other consequences.
PCOS, iron studies, testosterone etc and nothing is ordinary out. Chinese herbs to help with inflammation. Seriously. Any help you could give would be very much appreciated! Known thanks! Anyway, im so worried this isn’t going to stop! Ok, and now one of the most important parts. It’s getting very sparse at the temples like male pattern balding, to the point I feel I can no longer tie my hair up as it’s getting very noticeable. Thanks in advance!
Hi Lara! Thanks for replying. You think excess oestrigen gonna be the cause, right? Of course since coming off the pill my adenomyosis symptoms are gradually affecting me more and more and hair loss is just not ceasing! Am seeing a fertility specialist and her investigations have shown I am definitely ovulating. Thanks! You think my hair will eventually grow back, right? Thanks very much, Eliza I have been experiencing severe hair loss from PCOS ever since I went off the pill 10 months ago.
Had bronchitis wards end of Nov of Had a 5 day cause of antibiotic.
The frontal area is beginning to get noticeable, at least to me, especially under certain lighting. My ferritin level is in the ‘midfifties’, which is within normal threshold. Just think for a moment. The most relevance that I can think of in contributing to this hair thinning is menopause coming. Now pay attention please. On p of that, my gp mentioned that new dermatological guidelines say that anything lower than 60 may impact hair loss, and a good minimum level is between 60She recommended iron supplements to build up my iron store and after a month, suggested taking supplements only during my week period to see if that helps my post period hair shedding. Nonetheless, no one that I know of in my family has it. Besides, recur in a few months and had another 5 antibiotic days. Have you known from your professional experience that it is temporary and may subside after menopause stabilizes? Notice, does that make any sense? On p of that, nothing unusual or stressful that I can remember. No fever during the occurrence. Therefore, my gp retested my ferritin, vitamin D, TSH, FSH, and also tested me for ANA antibodies per your suggestion. On p of that, my gp mentioned something interesting that might be helpful to others, all tests came back normal.
Have you been diagnosed with PCOS? PCOS could also be why hormonal birth control improved your hair. It does not correct PCOS underlying causes, androgen reduction by some pills is helpful of course. You may also need natural androgenlowering treatments such as ‘sugarfree’ diet and Peony, if so. Did you hear of something like this before? I was looking for a miracle cure in the meantime, it makes sense to correct the underlying issue. In that way, it traps women on hormonal birth control to control symptoms. Then again, thank you’ Lara.
Hi Lara, my hair started shedding 3 weeks ago, approximately 3 weeks after stopping Yaz and discontinuing birth control.
Whenever in consonance with your article this seems extremely fast to be the cause, in October I changed from Estelle to Yaz. PCOS, have only recently started ovulating after having a baby over 2 years ago, and although I have been following your advice for a year my hair continues to thin dramatically. Does this mean the cause for me was changing birth control bills? Thanks, Sally Hi Lara, I was wondering if there are any supplements you would recommend for protecting against thinning hair/hair loss? Now please pay attention. If anything my hair looked better after stopping Estelle, in the past I have stopped taking Estelle for up to 6 months without hair loss.
Your doctor might prescribe antiandrogen medications, which may slow hair loss and even stimulate growth in some women, if you don’t respond to minoxidil. Are thrre any supplements that I should take? April of this year. My hair started to fall out in August and it doesnt seem like it is stopping.
That said, should I have blood work done? However, they inhibit male hormones that can exacerbate hair loss, I am 34 years old, 5’8″, 145lbs and was on birth control pills for 13 years straight. It is may and my first 2 periods were 5 weeks apart. Now regarding the aforementioned fact. My last 4 periods are 24 days apart.
My RBC was 1 on a scale of 48, my MCV was 902 on a scale of ’80 94′ and my throid was 01 on a scale.
Hi Lara this gentle carbohydrates stuff I’d love to know more sounds like me…anxious, thin hair loss, anxious even in sleep, gluten intolerant, used to be low carb as that’s what seemed healthy for very one…. Is it worth while to have a complete panel done now that I am off to the pill to double check whether there is nothing else that might be causing the hair loss? Now look. How much woud u suggest each meal and what types of gentle types carbs? Why is this?
Gentle Carb post. In your case, I would say that your hair loss is from something else. The drug in Loestrin is norethindrone, which is amidst the least androgenic progestins. Ok to have GF bread sometimes, or even a sourdough spelt bread, those are better options than GF bread. Although, maybe illness? Of course, heavy period blood loss. That was o fast to notice hair loss. Most women need at least 150 grams per day of whole food starch such as potato, sweet potato, and rice.
BCP but I had very heavy periods. Would it hurt to take progesterone cream and stop the pill? My thyroid normal. How do you come off the pill? Went to doc. Then again, im treating myself because no one has answers. You should take it into account. Doc said iron normal. Did you hear about something like this before? Tried another doc. Then, im so scared my hair will go through another cycle and cant afford to lose anymore! Usually, hair stopped falling but then couple m onths later started again. Now regarding the aforementioned fact. IVF due to secondary infertility.
I am trying my hardest to believe them it’s hard, after a rough year of worsening hair loss and two derms diagnosing me with telogen effluvium. AGA pattern and loss had been equally diffuse across my entire head. One has also suggested diffuse hair loss due to iron deficiency. Ferritin was 16 at it’s lowest and now after a year plus I am up to 46 and still working on it as the loss has intensified. All Thyroid and other hormones test normal. TE episode one is playing catch up for at least ‘2 3’ years.
In your experience, how high do androgens have to be before you’re considered to have an androgen problem and not just a sensitivity to androgens?
Your hair should improve on its own as long as you get your periods back, and as long as you have no other underlying conditions. My doc says I’m sensitive but my testosterone levels was as high as 75ng/dl, she said testosterone tests are useless unless the results are really high. Of course, that timing is the typical time delay that I discuss in the post. Furthermore, should also like to know more about hyperandrogenism with ovulatory cycles.
My question to you are about ‘gelatin do’ you think as a supplement there is a role to play in supporting hair growth? Can it be a combination of more than 1 PCOS type the hair loss will look differently, with PCOS hair loss. Even in regulating sebum production? When I look at my diet I likely don’t get much even when I do eat meat. Is that still considered androgenic alopecia?
There is promising new research available at Rob’s http. What Type of PCOS type. Then treat that. That is interesting. There are dietary recommendations but it heart is an aggressive scalp massage twice daily.
Jennifer I have to take iron too. You should also test SHBG to know your free androgen index or FAI. SInce starting the regime my hair loss has stopped.
Hi Lara what are your thoughts on metformin?
My hair is already so thin I couldn’t lose anymore. Resistant pcos and am Taking Magnesium glycinate 1g daily but wondering if metformin would help o to get ovulation started. That’s where it starts getting very serious. Is it possible that taking flutamide caused my pcos? So, period for 4 months. What gonna be done to regrow hair in my temples? I have lost loads of hair in my temples and crown area, after taking yasmin. Now please pay attention. I had small acne and they were not cystic, before taking flutamide. You see, will this hair grow back after stopping yasmin? With that said, ive always had an oily scalp and sebum plugs. Could this be because of low ferritin and vitamin d? Anyways, could this also cause hair loss or thinning? I’m sure it sounds familiar.|after?|Sounds familiar?|doesn’t it? Im just 24 and do not want to lose my hair so soon!
You should be able to keep the hair that you have, and maybe even improve things. Of the things you mentioned, the most important thing is celiac disease. Finally after a year and a half without any period I got one back this past December and have had one each month so far. Of course, you really must strictly avoid gluten. Essentially, pCOS as I would get my period before the pill but it was sometimes irregular. Generally, almost 2 years ago I decided to come off birth control after being on it for 4 years and with that discovered I wasn’t having a period. My skin has gotten worse since stopping the pill as well but my hair is in bad shape. It can interestinghelp with hair. Don’t be afraid to take thyroid hormone. On p of this, my blood work indicated normal testosterone but low estrogen.
My TSH levels were at 8 last test and I’m on synthroid. It is one year exactly and despite the fact that it lessened a few months back, it has started again. On p of that, my doctor said there is no answer but I can go back on the pill! It started when I stopped OrthoTC birth control. Within two months the hair loss started again. My hair is falling out. The hair loss worsens and I experience extremely sore breasts at least two weeks before and up until my monthly cycle. Basically, I decided to stop again, with the cancer history among women in my family and my loss of interest in sex. What else can I do?