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My hair is falling out at a vast rate - could this have anything to do with low progesterone?

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KiwiKat Sun 07-Sep-08 15:24:08

Apart from the fact that I'd prefer my hair to stay on my head, rather than circling the bath plug hole, I wondered whether this might be connected to low progesterone? I had a short lp which I've managed to get up to 14 or 15 days (depending on whether the witch arrives today or tomorrow) with Vitamin B complex and Agnus Castus, but my temps in the lp have been very low - in fact, my temps in general are often quite low. Today is CD29, and waking temp was 96.5. So, obviously not pregnant sad, but also worried about the low progesterone etc. Any thoughts, tips etc? Am heading off to the GP tomorrow to get some tests underway.

jassara Sun 07-Sep-08 16:20:29

Kiwikat, my hair has come out more than it should do on a couple of occasions, it was because my iron levels were low. It used to be on the pillow on a morning and in the plug hole after washing my hair. It was easily sorted with iron tablets.
A 14-15 day LP is really quite good, mine is
only 12. The blood tests should show if you need any extra vitamins, but I really wouldn't worry.


dinkyboysmum Sun 07-Sep-08 19:38:13

i'm having this hair-loss problem too..was wondering whtehr it's just the time of year/heat/just malting like a dog??? didnt think there could be any other reason....will watch this thread!

Jools1 Sun 07-Sep-08 19:55:07

A neighbour of mine had bad hair loss and it turned out to be a symptom of stress - perhaps the stress of the TTC rollercoaster

krustywren Sun 07-Sep-08 21:36:57

A friend and I were pondering over our hair loss the other evening, (we both have long hair and very dull conversations it seems! lol) we came to the conclusion that our hair loss seems worse as it's become longer due to the fact that when the hairs are tangled in a ball in the plughole there's more (length) to tangle up, if you laid all the individual hairs out there probably wouldn't be as many as we think they are. Hope that makes sense and hope it helps you stop worrying, that could make your hair fall out as Jools said. Don't panic, I know loads of people who say theirs falls out a lot too x

KiwiKat Mon 08-Sep-08 14:15:15

My hair is short, so not that impressive when it's in the bath, but there's just so much of the damn stuff. Yes, could be stress. Jassara, have got my lp up from 9 days to 15 - thank you Agnus Castus! I asked this question on the General Health thread as well, and someone suggested an underactive thyroid. So I guess the only thing to do is head off to the doc and get tested. Thanks for your thoughts, everyone.

BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 14:30:15

Sorry to hijack but...

My hair is falling out so much that my DP has commented on it sad it's all over the carpet even though I hoover every day, there's clumps of it on my pillow or in my DS's cot and I think it's starting to look really thin.

I have just had a baby 16 weeks ago.. could this be why?

PixelHerder Mon 08-Sep-08 14:34:54

BabbaMamma - yes that's probably why - when you're pregnant your scalp 'holds on' to the hair you have instead of shedding it at its natural rate, probably something to do with conserving protein. That's why hair often looks thicker and healthy during pregnancy.

When you give birth your scalp kind of heaves a sigh of relief and dumps all the hair it was 'holding on' to, hence you will noticeably shed more. The shedding should stop fairly soon iirc, then you should go back to your normal shedding rate.

Not a very scientifically worded description, but hope it helps! grin

BabbaMamma Mon 08-Sep-08 14:43:53

It does help, thanks Pixel smile

dinkyboysmum Mon 08-Sep-08 19:21:01

babbamamma ....yes, then you'll go through the 'tufty' phase as i called it, when it starts to grown back in little tufts!

KiwiKat Mon 08-Sep-08 22:02:48

Yes, babbamamma, that's totally normal. When I was pregnant, my hair was thick and glossy, then back to normal soon after ds was born.

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