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Treatments Right Before And During Pregnancy?

Discussion in 'Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia' started by Amanda30, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Amanda30

    Amanda30 New Member

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    Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia about two weeks ago. I am 33 and about to be married in the fall. Great timing, right? Anyways my questions is related to treatment options during pregnancy. I would like to start trying at the end of the year. I have started Rogaine 5%, Spironolactone, Nutrafol, and plan on trying PRP + Acell. Also potentially the laser cap... Does anyone know what options there are while trying to conceive and during pregnancy? Does anyone have any insight as to how their hair loss was affected during the pregnancy if there are no hair loss options at that time? I am worried my hair loss will progress while pregnant if I cannot do anything about it. Any information or experiences would be really helpful. Thank you!
     
  2. Paperclips

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    Hi there,
    I know Rogaine is not tested for pregnancy, so I would definitely not use that, but for sure speak to your obgyn about all the treatments you mentioned and what might be safe.

    I did not have androgenetic alopecia when I was having my kids (my oldest is 8), but I will say that my hair was amazingly thick during each pregnancy - literally not one hair in the drain after a shower.
     
  3. Lea

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    It’s a late reply but I thought I’d be a good person to answer this. I started losing my hair at 28, tried a bunch of different things and eventually landed on Rogaine 5%. I was hesitant to go on it knowing I’d like to get pregnant in the next few years, but I was desperate for some solution.

    I am currently 39 weeks pregnant and 31 years old (due any day now!) and before trying to conceive spoke to an OB about Rogaine while pregnant. She advised not being on it and recommended getting off it about two months before even trying to conceive. I was gutted and terrified of what my head would look like knowing it could be months before I’m even able to get pregnant!

    I decided to buy a hair topper and then gradually ween off of Rogaine... as it was the only non medical solution that I could see other than going natural (which isn’t an option due to how severe my hair loss is). I started wearing hair full time end of June and was pregnant by early December. The topper, while of course adding different kinds of worries, helped me start to move on from my anxiety related to hair loss. And truthfully was kind of a relief to be off of these medications.

    One plus side of pregnancy has been that a lot of my hair loss halted and in fact my hair grew back quite a bit! I still wear my hair topper out at work and around family (other than husband) because I am anticipating a horrible shed in a few months postpartum. I’m hoping to get through it with my topper and try my best to not dwell too much on the hair loss because I know I’ll also be busy taking care of a new baby! It’s been awesome having my locks back and being able to feel like myself again, even if it is only temporary.

    Anyways, not sure if this is the answer you were hoping for, but I wish you good luck. It’s hard dealing with hair loss at this age... and I freaking wish I didn’t have to be concerned with things like “should I give birth in my topper?” Or not... but it is what it is.

    If I can be of any other help, let me know!
     
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    I know I am giving a late response as well.... but I just joined and am currently struggling with this right now. I am trying to go gluten free and sugar free and am obviously taking pre-natals. The diet stuff is from a lot of PCOS articles I have read. (I have been tested for PCOS 3 times... negative each time, but my endo still thinks I should be treated like I have it since I have the symptoms). I am hoping these natural remedies will help, but it is heart breaking trying to get pregnant and just watching my hair fall out and not be able to treat it.
     
  5. Amanda30

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    Aggie, so sorry to hear about your struggles. I actually went to a PCOS specialist and he has told me once I get off all of the medication he will be able to say if I do in fact have it... the medications can mask the symptoms. I believe I responded to you in another post but is there a specialist in your area? UCSF in San Francisco actually has a PCOS clinic. He was very understanding and knowledgeable and said there are a lot of options to help conceive including medication. If you do have it, and he said any two symptoms means you ARE in a category for it, if you are having issues conceiving you should be getting treatment/assistance for that. I am truly sorry for what you’re going through!
     
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    First of all CONGRATULATIONS!! And thank you so much for your response! It is really hard to find women who have been through this during younger years, while trying to conceive. What was your experience getting off of the medication? I am currently taking BC, Rogaine, Spironolactone, and Nutrafol and have to get off of all of these to try to get pregnant. I am absolutely terrified. My hair loss is in early stages but I’m afraid the shock to my system is going to make all of my hair fall out. I have heard many women say their hair loss stopped during pregnancy so thank you for the positive words and I am hoping this would be the case for me!
     
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    I haven’t been on these forums in forever but came on here to look into postpartum hair loss and came across this post.

    I am currently 28 weeks pregnant. Before I got pregnant, I was on birth control, 200 mg spironolactone, and 5% rogaine. I had been on that regimen for 5 years. I went off birth control in February, spironolactone in March, and continued on rogaine until I found out I was pregnant in July. I surprisingly never had a major shed from going off birth control or Spironolactone prior to getting pregnant. Ever since I got pregnant, I barely lose any hair. Honestly, my hair looks amazing. Like the best it ever has. Don’t worry about going off your hair loss regimen because pregnancy will take care of your hair!

    I am due in March and am horrified of the postpartum shed. I feel like I’m going to lose all the hair that I should have lost from going off rogaine and spironolactone in addition to postpartum hormone shed. I’ll be documenting my experience on this forum so hopefully it will help others. If anyone has any experience with this I’d love to hear it.
     
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    Hi JeHope! Congratulations on the baby!! That’s wonderful! Thanks so much for writing back. That is amazing that you did not have any shedding from stopping birth control or spironolactone! After five years would you say that regiment stabilized and/or regrew hair? I just stopped birth control. Did you ween yourself off of the the spironolactone or stop cold turkey? Any reason you didn’t do both at the same time?

    Also curious, I have heard mixed opinions on using Rogaine while trying to conceive. Did doctors tell you it was ok?

    Do you plan on starting back up on everything once you have your baby? Any ideas of what is safe while breastfeeding? Apologies for all the questions! I’m finding there is very little information out there on this topic. And thank you in advance for posting on your experiences postpartum!!
     

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