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Anything Other Than Rogaine To Help Androgenetic Alopecia? Has Anyone Had Transplant?

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Positive Outlook' started by Sandy, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. Sandy

    Sandy Established Member

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    I tried rogaine years ago and grew hair everywhere except where i had lost it. It was terrible. Is there anything for post menopausal women, doctor says spirolactone wont work for frontal loss or my age.
     
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    I’d be interested in knowing this too. I tried rogaine for a bit a couple years ago did nothing for me as well. Im 50 and going through menopause now currently I’m giving rosemary essential oil a try. They said it’s a natural regains idk. Im getting desperate
     
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    I have been trying everything. Another said PRP may work but another said it doesn't work at my age (?), so I don't know who is right. I have tried or am trying stinging nettle root, which seems to have controlled the loss, although I admit it has only been a few days. I am on B-complex, Cysteine, L-Lysine, zinc, magnesium, MSM, iron pills (I read they should be taken every second day rather than daily). I am considering a transplant for the frontal and temple loss, but if there is any way I can stabilise and regain the loss, I would obviously rather go that route.
     
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    Has the stinging nettle raised testosterone levels for you?
     
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    I didn't know it raised testosterone levels?? I read it works well for women's hair loss by blocking DHT. My hairless has decreased considerably since taking it, although admittedly I am not on it very long, so it could just be temporary. But Now I am concerned.
     
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    Like everything else there are mixed stories about it. Some days it raises testosterone some say it doesn’t. If you loss reduced that’s great! Seems to be helping you
     
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    I began finestride in January along with Viviscal and minoxidil. After years of unrelenting shedding, I believe this combination is helping. I began to see improvements within 3 months.
     
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    I'm a 59 year old woman with Androgenetic Alopecia who just recently had a transplant. I, too, tried many of the things above...Rogaine, Spironolactone, supplements and expensive shampoos and NOTHING worked. Not even a tiny bit! I started reading about transplants and finally settled on a Neograft transplant because of the great reviews and minimal down time. I had the transplant just a couple of weeks ago, so I can't speak to the results of it yet, but I can tell you that it was such an easy procedure. I didn't have to take even a Tylenol because there was no pain whatsoever post procedure and I was back to work in just a few days. If anyone is interested, I can post pictures and keep everyone updated on my progress.
     
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    Well i just tested for DHT and the level is 206 where 185 is high range. So i wonder if the stinging nettle IS raising my levels. Although i see total blood i tested in march prior to taking stinging nettle, my testosterone was high. However in december and august it was low. So i havent a clue. I do notice however that my SHBG lately has been high. The doctor who does my tests just dismissed that as meaningless?? But i wonder if that could be a factor as well.
    I may stop the stinging nettle until after my Donovan appointment.
     
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    Was your shbg high before? I’m wondering what caused it to be high. High binds free hormones that run rampant like testosterone. For lowering testosterone cutting sugar, spearmint tea and insotiol brought mine lower (not that that were super high to begin with ) but really made a difference my main issue is Dheas I need to get them lowered more. I’ve hear some women claim stinging nettle did raise their testosterone levels. Different things work differently for different people it depends on how your body converts them
     
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    Actually now I am seeing my testosterone is not high (but it was tested in March before I took the stinging nettle), it is just the DHT and SHBG that are high; the doctor had told me that my SHBG always comes out high but not to pay any attention to it (for some reason I forgot). I noticed only in past 9 months it has increased, but before it was in mid normal range. My DHT was only tested by different lab separately just now, and I see it is high, I don't know if it was from stinging nettle or not. I read it is rare that stinging nettle increases testosterone.
     
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    so do you think the stinging nettle increased your shbg? You don’t have a prior test for dht before the nettle?
     
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    My SHBG was higher in a prior test before I started stinging nettle. I don't have any tests for DHT before, this was a test I took on my own after reading this forum. My testosterone levels are in range and always have been. My progesterone levels in March were higher than range but the doctor claims this is good?? Despite being out of range. But also, I was on progesterone cream at the time.
    So I haven't a clue.
    I mentioned a couple times to the doctor about the SHBG but he dismissed it completely saying not to pay any attention to it at my age??
    Not so sure he is the best source though.
     
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    My shbg has been in the low range. Probably too low why did u stop the progesterone cream? My testosterone has always been in range too only once did it spike for free t but went back down it’s those darn Dheas for me that’s been the problem. Yeah drs are clueless
     
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    I stopped only 2 wks ago the progest cream because the instructions on post menopausal said to take for 3 weeks and stop 1 week. Also I started having hot flashes which I haven't had for 20 years maybe, so I don't know, I thought maybe I am not doing something right. And also I see my haemoglobin Alc has been in high normal range, and I read on this site that that could be a direct cause for high testosterone. So before I continued anything I want to check with doctor. Also I won't be able to get the oestrogen that was sent to me because it was sent to a different address where I won't be for maybe another month or so.
     
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    Drs are what get me. So tired of hearing my hair looks fine age etc but what really saddens me? I show my husband the problem ( balding areas short hairs that aren’t growing) and he looks at me like I’m crazy and says I’m find it looks good I do t need people telling me it looks “fine” esp family makes me bitter it’s so hard enough trying to fix this and fighting for every hair and a normal life but doing it with nonsupport anywhere is the worst. Hopefully you have a good support system and drs who are willing to admit there’s a problem and try to find answers you can clearly see with my hair pulled back ( and sometimes even without it being pulled back) there’s a problem.
     
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    OMG i have the same problem. My husband changes the subject if I bring it up, its as if he doesnt want to face it. Meantime if he sees a woman with good hair he will offhandedly say ‘she has nice hair’ which really hits me. The other day i told my kids i was travelling to see a hair specialist and my daughter looked at me and burst out laughing. I cant speak with them about it.
    I dont wear my hair pulled back anymore. Re doctors two hair transplant doctors both said i was a good candidate. Of course thats their business. But my hairdresser who i have been going to for 10 yrs said the same. He had a transplant which would never have known, but its different with women supposedly.
    So in conclusion no i dont have a good support system.
     
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    That’s mine too! I tried telling him when I first noticed it and it really wasn’t that bad that I had to find a way to get a handle on it before it got bad or it would affect my mentality, he brushed it off it kept getting worse. I tried showing him several times and I get a blank look and “what am I suppose to be looking at” it’s clearly an issue now and I tried yet again last night and got the same thing and “ your fine and beautiful “ however in the past it’s caused arguments and I hear I’m my own worst enemy. Stress he says etc well I haven’t been stressing for awhile and still it continues to fall and break I haven’t pulled my hair back in 4 years. I can’t left temple is almost gone to the hair part just 2-3 inch hair there which baffles me looks as if I cut it that way it’s not regrowth like everyone use to tell me. It doesn’t get longer. The bangs the same way I don’t cut my hair it’s long and the front is getting that way too lots of scalp showing. Sides super thin as well every thyroid med experience hit the top and sides bad! Idk what’s worse everyone pretending nothing is wrong, thinking I should be happy and normal, or not knowing what’s causing it. I do know the no support from anyone it horrible. Makes me feel like I’m fighting alone for my physical and mental stability. It’s changed me, and my feeling towards them
     
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    It sounds we have same problem and same lack of empathy or support.
    I am looking at old photos and I see that I did have the center front problem years ago, even 20 years ago, but now has become worse, also I have lost side hair on temples, same as you, my right temple is almost completely gone and completely lost top volume, it used to naturally have great volume, now it is flat. Well it is disturbing to me because I once had such great hair, I don't know that I appreciated it at the time of course.
    At any rate, I contemplating the transplant but become extremely anxious thinking about the possibility it could get worse. So I will see what this Donovan says and then make a decision.
    I also suppose that my husband or children think, well I am 74 and who cares at this age. But I do, because I never fussed much with my hair and don't have the shape face to experiment with camouflage hair-dos.
    Anyway, will let you know what the doctor says. I can send photos and we can compare maybe but prefer to do it privately.
     

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