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34, Losing Hair For 18 Months, Suspect High Androgen Birth Control

Discussion in 'Tell Your Story' started by AMF927, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. AMF927

    AMF927 New Member

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    Hi All!

    I’m new here and am looking for any words of wisdom or advice. In April 2018 I notice my hair had gotten extremely thin and I lost most of my density. It feels like it almost happened overnight. I had gone through a lot of emotional stress the summer before and that’s also when I decided to go back on birth control (not knowing it was high androgen). For the first few months my hair and skin seemed great and I never got a period which took some getting used to but then it was fine. Around the holidays I think I was shedding more but didn’t take too much notice since I had a lot of hair and it still looked nice. Then one day in April 2018 it was like bam! I was styling my hair and it’s just seemed gone. Panic set in and I went to any dermatologist that would see me and started looking into birth control and hair loss. It was the only medication I was taking so I figured there had to be a connection. I immediately stopped taking the pill. The same month I had started the pill back in July 2017 was when my Mom had a bad accident so I didn’t know if the stress from that was also a trigger....

    Anyway, it is now about 15 months later and I have no answers. I am getting married next year and so afraid of what my hair is going to look like. I have been to two dermatologists who both said TE and one hair specialist/trichologist who says CTE. Lately though I feel like my part may be starting to widen and my scalp has a weird almost mildewy smell even though I wash everyday. I am going to an endocrinologist in about a month and also a follow up with the trichologist the end of July. My front hairline and temples look so sparse and I feel like I’m balding the way a man would. The back/crown of my head is okay as of now. I have had tons of blood work and everything is “normal”. Also, since I stopped the pill my periods have been completely regular so I don’t know if it’s hormonal or not.

    If anyone could share some insight or experience (good or bad) it would mean the world to me. I hate feeling like a shell of my former self...Thanks for listening!
     
  2. Sheri2352

    Sheri2352 New Member

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    I completely understand what you’re going through. I was recently diagnosed with TE from an extreme reputable dermatologist who didn’t order, ask or inquire about my bloodwork...which seemed a bit curious. (How can he diagnose me with TE withoout ruling iron, B12 and/or thyroid issues??)

    Anywhoo...since I already did all my b/w myself and know that it’s not my thyroid etc. I guess I do have TE. I just started PRP treatment (I had a double treatment-about 15 injections that cost me over $1,500 CAD)

    Stay tuned.
     
  3. AMF927

    AMF927 New Member

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    Thank you for responding! I was starting to think no one would post back! Please keep us posted how the PRP works for you. I think my TE unmasked Androgenetic Alopecia now based on how see through the front of my scalp is. I feel like it just keeps moving farther back! This whole forum has been a huge support and definitely makes you feel less alone
     
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    Sheri2352 New Member

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    I agree...I wish it had more answers but it’s not lost on me how comforting it is to know that other women understand (and also live with) the pain (in all it’s terrible forms) of hair loss.

    Hang in there. You’re not alone.

    Sheri
     
  5. Iyyi

    Iyyi Member

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    Hi there! At some point, I did go through what you happened to you. Actually, I have my story in one of the topics. But anyways, it was last end of October 2018 when I they said I have TE and alopecia. Prior to that, maybe May 2018, I was prescribed with birth control because my period wasn’t regular for 2 months that I caused me irregular bleeding. I only had the BC for 1 month because the bleeding stopped and period is backed to normal. I went to my OBGYN annual check up in July 2018 and they found out that my iron was too low that I needed to get a blood transfusion. My OB prescribed ferrous sulfate too to help. I only took the iron pill for 2 months because she said it’s ok to stop now because everything is normal. I was thinking this are the reason why I loss my hair. I happened so quickly. I loss all my hair (head) maybe February 2019. And all my body hair and eyebrows followed. I stopped going to the dermatologist because it will only cost me much. I had like 3 appointments though and had steroid shots but that’s it. By March 2019, I saw hair regrowths but all are like fine and white hairs. I put Jamaican black castor oil to my scalp every night and I think I helped the regrowth. Now, hairs still continue to grow, it’s getting thicker now and I don’t see hair shedding. I hope and pray that it continue to grow back just like before. I know it will take time. Btw, I’ve been wearing wigs since November 2018.
     
  6. Usman Khalid

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    if am shared with you my personal experience you need to consult the any hair specialist one of my friend facing this problem and consult the Dr. Huma who is best dermatologist she suggested her to meet the tricologist and when she consult her then she realized she couldn't get the proper vitamins so he done her hair transplant so best thing is for you to consult the any the Hair Specialist 1st
     

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