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37f, Receding Hairline Since 18, Trying Prp

Discussion in 'Hair Transplants for Women' started by Specs335, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Specs335

    Specs335 New Member

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    Hi all I'm a newbie here but I am not newbie to hair loss. I started losing my hair above the temples at age 18 like male pattern "M" shaped thinning. I am an overall healthy person that eats healthy and exercises regularly. I have thick wavy hair everywhere but my temples and my forehead hairline (I also have a big forehead). It was slow to progress through my 20s but 7 years ago a finally saw a derm. Started on 5% minoxodil and used it for years with some success mostly on my right side. After I had my daughter 5 years ago the hair loss was dramatic and after her 1st birthday I quit breastfeeding and started back on minoxodil. Hair loss slowed then I had my son 15 months ago. I had the Mirena IUD inserted and my nightmares got worse. My hair started thinning in the middle of my forehead and extremely bad in the temple area. I finally told my husband about my hairloss at 10 years of being together and he was very supportive. I quit breastfeeding my son which broke my heart and went on 5% minoxodil. The itching was horrible! itchy scalp and itchy legs/back/chest so I switched to 2% which is not nearly as effective for me. Next step I went to a hair loss specialist and saw my primary care person and between the two of them had a complete set of labs. My thyroid (T3) levels were sub-optimal, my DHEA low, and my testosterone not even on the scale-low. Everything else was fine. I started with PRP treatments and microneedling once a week at home along with minoxodil and a T3 replacement, liothyronine 5mg a day so far (may increase in the future). Don't ever microneedle and then put minoxodil on your scalp until 24 hours after you microneedle just FYI!!!! (Nightmare side effects). I also had my Mirena removed a few weeks ago and will go for repeat hormone testing in another month or so. I feel better on the T3 replacement but the thinning on the sides is horrible and I read that that can happen after starting this medication. I am going for my 3rd PRP treatment next week and they tell me to give it 12 weeks before I can actually see results. I have seen some results in some areas, but the hair loss is still progressing quickly in other areas. I am so depressed. I don't know what other options are out there other than transplant, and after reading about shock loss I am scared to death that it will be a nightmare to go that route. I have never met another woman that has a receding hairline like male-pattern baldness. know this is long, but I really could use a friend out there that is going through what I'm going through.
     
  2. Din

    Din Established Member

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    Hello specs,
    I am so sorry for what you are going through but you have found a good place. We are all going through the same thing so we totally understand. Is your hair still shedding high right now? From what I have heard, the iud that you are using tends to cause hair loss while on it and even when you take it out. Hopefully your shed will stop soon and all the treatments that you are doing will pay off. I know how depressing it is to worry about hair all the time, but I am hoping things will get better for you. You seem to be very proactive .. you said your Dheas were very low... mine are also extremely low, almost non existent. I often wonder if there is a correlation with having almost none existent androgens testosterone and dheas. Did you ever get tested pcos? Do you have thick arm or leg or face hair? I barely have hair on my body, if I do it’s very blond and fine so you can’t even see it, but I am losing brows and lashes as well. I sometimes wonder if I should take some male hormone supplement to increase the levels slightly to Normal, but I know that male hormones can cause hair loss as well so I am lost with this. It’s frustrating, I know. I just want to reach out an der tell you that you are not alone, and I am really hoping that the treatments that you are doing will pay off.

    Hugs to you,
    Din☺️
     
  3. Stillme

    Stillme New Member

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    You are soooo not alone! I started losing hair in high school and it became noticeably thin in college which was DEVASTATING! I lived in denial and used make-up for years and then turned to hair pieces after my second child was born. I am super healthy, it is just straight up genetics! Last year I made the decision to get my hair back and ditch the pieces. I began using 5% women's Rogaine and a laser comb and only very high quality styling products geared towards nourishment for my hair type and an expensive but non-harmful blow dryer. After seeing the initial results of Rogaine and the comb, it was clear that some areas needed more attention (due to traction from the hair pieces) and I invested in a hair transplant. I did PRP the same day as my transplant, since my doctor recommended it to improve results. I can't say enough good things about hair transplants with a solid doctor! The recovery was hard to camouflage in the beginning...but that's what scarves are for. My sister has hereditary hairless too and she went to the same fabulous doctor that I went to for a transplant four months later. As we watch the progress and continue with our Rogaine and laser treatments, we are overwhelmed with a sense of hope for the first time in decades and that has been huge! I can wear my hair down in front of my family with no scalp make-up! It has been pricey, but my sister and I always remind each other how much money we spent on clothes to "make up" or how inadequate we felt because of our hair. When we want to buy a new pair of jeans, we say "I'd rather have hair!" and put that money towards our next payment to pay off our transplants. I am envious that your partner knows and that you can share your journey rather than hiding. My sister and I both hide our suffering and Rogaine and hair pieces and everything from our partners and it has been exhausting. Hiding the transplants might be the most impressive/saddest part of the saga. Hopefully the happy ending is near for us and for you! I so hope that removing your IUD proves to be helpful and that you continue to experience positive results from PRP! My doctor told me that he has results from just PRP that he mistook for a transplant!!! This condition feels so lonely at times, but we are NOT alone and there are options out there for us. Best of luck to us ALL!
     

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