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Has HRT helped anyone who is in perimenopase and losing hair?

Discussion in 'Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia' started by electra, May 31, 2017.

  1. electra

    electra Established Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm fairly certain my fluctuating hormones have been causing my hair recession and falling out. Has anyone had luck with HRT, or just Progesterone creme? Curious if reining in the crazy hormones helps. And what helps, specifically.
    Thank you!
     
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    hairtothere Established Member

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    I've seen improvement in my hair since starting with Rx bioidentical progesterone, the cream you buy OTC isn't strong enough to do anything (at least for me) but the Rx of Prometrium has really made a positive difference in my hair IMO. YMMV
     
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    I was on Prempro HRT and still shedding. I was reluctant to try anything stronger with all the negative studies of HRT that came out about that time.
     
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    I'm curious about HRT too. I always thought estrogen was the good one. Hairtothere are you doing any other stuff for your hair?
     
  5. electra

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    Thanks everyone. Just tried Prometrium and stopped after one day--the side effects really sucked (fatigue, poor sleep, fog, ick), and I couldn't imagine continuing. Going to try to get a lower dose compounded at a pharmacy, see if I can tolerate that.

    Megan, progesterone is very important, too--for different reasons. It's often overlooked.
     
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    Are you using the Prometrium orally? I had the side effects too and my Dr. told me to insert it vaginally at night and there are zero negative side effects that way.
     
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    Megan M Established Member

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    Good to know! Hairtothere and Electra are you taking any estrogen?
     
  8. electra

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    Hairtothere, I was using Prometrium orally. Good to know that you had no side effects vaginally...I might try that! (Once I get over the traumatic memory of the fatigue!)

    What benefits have you noticed wth the Progesterone?

    Megan, no, I'm not taking estrogen. The Progesterone was given to me to regulate my cycle a bit. Apparently my estrogen is still ok.
     
  9. hairtothere

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    Progesterone has helped me with hot flashes, better sleep, improved mood and I do think it is helped my hair along with raising my ferritin. When I had just raised my ferritin my hair came back after about 18-24 months but now the texture has improved and it is shiny and thick again. It might just be that my ferritin fixed it who knows Progesterone hasn't hurt though.
     
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    electra Established Member

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    That's great to hear!

    What was your iron/ferratin level before you raised it?
     
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    My ferritin was 4 when I was diagnosed, it took several Venofer iron infusions to raise it up to 90, I had trouble keeping it that high. I've been able to maintain at about 50 on oral iron and my hair came back fine. When I tried to force my ferritin higher I wound up in the hospital with early liver failure, so I gave up on infusions.
     
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    how long did it take to see regrowth once you got your levels up?
     
  13. lossing it

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    Hi everyone. Iam new. What's a healthy ferritin level?
     

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