Testosterone and hair loss in women

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I suggest u get ur testosterone checked. The #1 symptom is hair loss in women and hair growth in other unexpected places. I have really high testosterone I'm trying to lower, it has been making me lose a lot of hair and I'm only 29. I have high testosterone from PCOS. MAKE SURE UR DOCS LOOK INTO THAT. I started intense cardio, eating foods with little carbs and low sugar, and drinking spearmint tea. Also thinking about colon hydrotherapy.
Hi Welcome to the MedHelp forum! The hair growth or hirsuitism could be due to the higher testosterone level than is normal in females. The level can be high in androgen resistance, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, ovarian cancer, prolactin secreting tumors and polycystic ovary disease. You need to consult an endocrine specialist to rule out these problems. Treatment can be laser removal, hormone therapy and local creams. Hope this helps. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage.
Has anyone had hair loss post tx, like 1 yr. later. I am having alot of hair loss in the past 3 weeks. I am also wondering if it is o.k. to take hair vitamins. Not currently on tx. I take fish oil, garlic, vit D and calcium. I think since I am not on tx. that this is O.K. Am I wrong?
Now I am trying maca root and DIM (to metabolize estrogen and balance out hormone levels), Nizoral, and B-vitamins, and my hair loss seems to have slowed down dramatically. It is probably now normal. However, my hair seems finer than usual. It grows long very fast but the thin spots (on top of my head from forehead to crown) show no signs of growing back. I have lost probably half of the hair I once had.
There is no hair loss in my family and it was a rapid thing, occuring literally within 2 mnths. I hear that sometimes it can take awile for things so surface even thyroid problems. Does this sound logical to you that it could indeed be my thyroid acting up and if so at what point (if it is my thyroid) would it surface in the blood workups? I believe both grandparents had thyroid problems and were treaded for them, both around the age of 55 when it surfaced. thank you for your assistance.
There are many causes of hair loss in women and in particular around menopause. It is a rather common problem. Some causes include stress (loss of a loved one), increase in testosterone, low thyroid function, medications, skin conditions of the scalp, excessive chlorine, and many others. Talk with your doctor and have your hormone levels checked and consider seeing a dermatologist. Treatments take up to three months to begin noticing a difference.
Research has shown that a large proportion of women reporting hair loss had low ferritin levels, compared with the levels generally found in women without hair loss, and interestingly in men. The main reason for this difference is due to the loss of blood during menstruation, which is just enough to cause a gradual depletion of iron stores, particularly in women who eat little or no red meat.
I have seen a local Derm who said there was no scarring on my scalp and no real skin issues associated with my hair loss. In 2004 I took a course of Roaccutane for acne and noticed some thinning after the course finished. I was told that this was a known side effect, but that the hair would grow back. It has been over four years!!! My hair is uniformly thinned out across the entire scalp.
The increasing number of hair stuck in your hairbrush, on your pillow, or left in your sink after shampooing, can make you realize that you are facing hair loss problem. Hair loss in females can be due to various reasons. The common causes are aging, menopause, some genetic and medical conditions.
She recommended iron supps and my Ferritn came up to around 40. My hair shed slowed down and I stopped the iron supps, and I wasn't on any MVI. Now my hair is in another significant shed and has been since at least March when I mentioned it to my Gastro. doc (I have GERD and take Nexium 40mg QD and Ranitidine 300mg Qpm). They ran iron sudies and Ferritin was 15, Serun iron 103, TIBC 355, UIBC 252, iron sat. 29%, and Hgb 13.1. They said everything's normal, don't worry about it.
However, a couple of years ago I was on a variety of medications including Zoloft, Xanax, Trazadone and Clonapin and noticed the hair loss. I went from having thick hair to very thin and brittle. My hair is finally starting to thicken up. Has your doctor said anything about the combination of medication that you may be taking? Best of luck to you.
My bioidentical horomone gyn dr told me this last visit my estrogen was too low and my testosterone was in the high area and my thyroid tsh was too high and I had hair falling out too...interlinked....more synthroid needed, topical estrogen and keep taking the progesterone. I already noticed my sleeping is better in one week, my stomach is less bloated , and I am not as hot at night already. I didn't have hot flashes but I was hot at night even when the room was cold.
0.1% (to low) now what? she said I should use Neoxin (hair-products) and come and see her in 3 months for a repeat of the blood test! This is a new GP in town and she is Russian and I am sure half of the conversation got lost in translation... Due to my Oestrogen that is normal, she is reluctant to give me any hormone therapy or increase my Oestrogen in the hope that my Progesterone would decrease. Could I be pre-menopausal? would that explain it?
As the stress of getting pregnant wasn't enough i had the one for losing my hair. And the hair loss stopped as soon as i finished the injections. So it was from the meds. Take some break so your body relaxes, and also your stress.
Prior to the story before, I always had tons and tons of thick, healthy hair with NO hair loss. In October 2009, I began having prolonged, non-stop menstruation and severe pelvic pain. Numerous tests later, docs had no idea what was wrong with me. In January of 2010, my GP put me birth control pills for 3 months, but it didn't help me at all.
I have been suffering from increased body/facial hair since I was 15. It is pretty common in Mediterranean cultures for females to have more hair than females of other cultures. On some days, I can deal with the fact that I have Hirsutism, on other days, I feel really depressed and alone. A few weeks ago I gathered the courage to go to my PCP and tell him about my condition. He automatically sent me to the lab for blood work. He said the tests would be extensive.
I have high normal testosterone level as others in this group. And like others in this group and over the past 10 years I have lost all libido and as of now I have no night time erections. What is weird is that any stimulate that I take that may increase my libido creates night time dreams wanting me to urinate in the dream. And if I have a full bladder (most times not), I will urinate in the bed. I want to know who to see to solve this problem?
Bioidentical hormone pellets (testosterone for men, both testosterone and estrogen avail. for women) injected under the skin produce steady, continuous release of hormone. Usually lasts 3-6 months depending on person. Again, limited doc's available, but might be helpful for some of you. Good luck.
Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss. Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out.
(I have been on synthroid for 6 weeks now) In the meantime I have been doing lots of research on hair loss in dermatology journals. I guess you know that low iron can cause hair loss as well as thyroid problems. I have low iron too and have been taking supplements since Oct. 1. It takes awhile (many months) for you iron levels to increase especially if they were really low to begin with.
Ive been living with PCOS since i was 18 after my periods disappeard(my parents thought i was pregnant loool) and i was putting on weight, suffering from hair loss and growing hair on my upper lip and from my side burns to around my jaw line. At the time my doctor said it was down to my weight and didnt really offer any solutions. A few years later at 23 after hair started growing down my neck i got soo fraustrated and decided to tackle my problem instead of accepting it.
I can be comfortable at home watching a movie with my family or by myself and I can have an attack. I can be outside in a mall talking to strangers and i will be fine. and vice versa. So , in my case, talking , psychotherapy, books and CBT type stuff, will not help me. The cause of my attacks is physical - an imbalance of something somewhere. Too much or too little of something.
The birth control increases my progestin and estrogen levels, while the Spironolactone greatly reduces testosterone (cause of acne and hair growth). Vitamins keep important minerals/nutrients, e.g. iron, at acceptable levels in your body. Also, my PCOS causes severe pain sometimes. EXERCISE HELPS!!! Trust me, even if you're in pain, just take some Advil, get off your ass, and go for a walk... you WON'T regret it. Don't let PCOS get you down (or fat), ladies!
Scalp Hair Loss, Extreme Facial Hair Growth, Severe Acne in Oil Production, Loss of Period, Enlarged Clitoris, Anger/Temper Change, and Change of Voice (Scratchy and unable to produce certain sounds any longer). I've been through 2 rounds of antibiotics for the acne - not fully working. And I still have not started my period (missed 3 now) and I'm still losing hair. Although the facial hair growth is better, it is still not normal.
At the same time, since the birth control pill works by shutting off the signal to your ovaries from your brain, the ovaries will stop making testosterone and your acne and rate of hair growth will hopefully improve. This is a common problem, for which I would recommend seeing your ObGyn or a Reproductive Endocrinologist to help decide which approach is best for you.
With all due respect Msniki412, Metformin"glucophage" is not always the answer and nor does it always help. The question is why did an otherwise healthy women get pcos? and why if she already eats healthy and exercizes normally should she need a medication like glucophage for border line insuline resistance/insuline resistance aka diabetes? why would a healthy woman who like i said before eats well,excersizes routinely be subject to pcos in the first place?
I've been taking 500 mg/day of metformin. Just wondering if any of you have taken this, and if so, have you experienced any weight loss?
I displayed all the symptoms you listed above except I also had hair loss and I did not have two unprotected sexual episodes. I use a very expensive testosterone replacement therapy named Androgel 1.62 %. It has restored everything you listed including the hair loss. The greatest side effect (positive) is in my arms. Androgel is rubbed on the upper arms between the elbow and shoulder. The biceps and triceps are almost doubled their original size in one year and I don't work with weights.
I would love to give you some good news and say that I have noticed an improvement in the symptoms...but unfortunately I cannot. The hair loss and hair gain (seems really strange you can suffer from both at the same time) have not improved in any way. It looks as though this problem is here to stay at least for me. Dont know which country you are in but if it is the UK; then you may experience problems in getting medical help to help the situation after any operation.
I am also very interested in how the testosterone shots go. I have thought about them for myself. it is not unusual for women to be low in testosterone. it occurs natuarlly in women too but is counter balanced by estrogen. maybe i need some of that? lol, i don't think so. i have noticed that adrenalin is great for fighting pain(as are other naturally occurring chemicals)and have often thought about getting my levels of all these chemicals checked. maybe i should. Nick.
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