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Doctor insights on: Hair Loss After Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

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Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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What happens to hirsutism & scalp hair loss or thinning in a pcos woman during pregnancy and during breast feeding? Will both symptoms diminish?

What happens to hirsutism & scalp hair loss or thinning in a pcos woman during pregnancy and during breast feeding? Will both symptoms diminish?

Hair, pregnancy: Hirsutism does not change during pregnancy or breast feeding largely because hair that has already grown in will not go away unless shaved/ plucked/ etc. Hair thinning is not so much affected by PCOS to begin with, but women sometimes have temporary alterations in head hair, particularly after delivery. Check out telogen effluvium online. Good wishes. ...Read more

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What treatment can I use to stop hair loss while breastfeeding?

What treatment can I use to stop hair loss while breastfeeding?

Hairloss postbaby: Losing hair after the birth of a baby is normal. During pregnancy hair spends a longer time in the growth phase of the hair cycle. Your hair may appear to get thicker during the pregnancy because you aren't losing as much as normal. After, it returns to the normal cycle so it seems like all of your hair is falling out. This happens even if not nursing. Give it time and all will be normal again. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding for 17mnths now, , suffering hair loss that increased this mnth. I find hair on my pillows. Plz advice?

I'm breastfeeding for 17mnths now, , suffering hair loss that increased this mnth. I find hair on my pillows. Plz advice?

Hair loss: Hair loss is a post partum symptom, not one of breastfeeding. It is a temporary situation and will reverse. Usually though, it does reverse in 12 months after birth. If your symptoms persist, you should be evaluated for hypothyroidism or iron deficiency anemia. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do about hair loss after pregnancy?

What can I do about hair loss after pregnancy?

Wait: It is extremely common to lose your hair with pregnancy. The fancy name is Telogen Effluvium. The good news is that this is usually temporary. Enjoy your time with your baby and your hair should slowly return to it's normal growth. Do not worry as many times it may take up to a year to fully grow back. ...Read more

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How common is hair loss after pregnancy? I'm losing large clumps daily but I'm also being tested for lupus. I gave birth 4 months ago. Cause?

How common is hair loss after pregnancy? I'm losing large clumps daily but I'm also being tested for lupus. I gave birth 4 months ago. Cause?

Hair loss: Congrats on your new baby. Enjoy!

Regarding your hair loss I cannot link it to your pregnancy but there may be a link to lupus if that is diagnosed.

Independent of lupus you must see your obstetrician about hair loss. ...Read more

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I am 4 months postpartum and have been losing a lot of hair. I know hair loss after pregnancy is normal but I have noticed bald spots on my temple. Should I resume taking my prenatal vitamins or can I take a hair, skin, and nails vitamin?

I am 4 months postpartum and have been losing a lot of hair. I know hair loss after pregnancy is normal but I have noticed bald spots on my temple. Should I resume taking my prenatal vitamins or can I take a hair, skin, and nails vitamin?

Hair loss.: If you’re continuing in family planning mode, then resume the prenatal vitamins. If not, then the hair and nails formulation would suffice. Regardless, the hair loss is expected, as you mentioned, and is related to rapid hormonal changes that occur at delivery. These changes occur quickly and self-correct very slowly. ...Read more

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Can I use pilfood direct hair loss treatment during pregnancy?

Can I use pilfood direct hair loss treatment during pregnancy?

Please be careful: I will not use any product with unknown ingredient that may get absorbed through and harm the baby-as part of being careful. ...Read more

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Hair loss due to pcos and pregnancy, what to do?

Hair loss due to pcos and pregnancy, what to do?

Get help: Hair loss from pcos can be treated by medicines and if you see a reproductive endocrinologist, endocrinologist or gyn they may be able to help. Hair loss after you have a baby is normal and resolves itself. ...Read more

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Is hair loss normal in pregnancy?

Is hair loss normal in pregnancy?

Yes: Alopecia, or hair loss can be a common occurrence in pregnancy. Stress is a common cause of alopecia, and your body is undergoing a type of physical stress.
This can also be a sign of a low thyroid state, which can also be common in pregnancy, so you may consider having your provider check a tsh, free t3, (liothyronine) free T4 (i also check reverse t3) to make sure that your thyroid is in balance. ...Read more

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What causes hair loss during pregnancy?

What causes hair loss during pregnancy?

Hormonal effects: Pregnancy hormonal effects cause both an increase and a decrease in hair growth.
Scalp hair appears thicker or denser during gestation due to slowing of the normal progression of hairs from anagen (the'growing' stage)to telogen (the 'resting' stage), thereby creating a relative increase in anagen hair
1 to 5 months postpartum, however, the percentage of telogen hairs occurs and hair loss is noted. ...Read more

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Can I take pantogar for my hair loss during pregnancy?

Can I take pantogar for my hair loss during pregnancy?

Caution: This medication is only available in some countries. On their website it specifically says not to be used in pregnancy because no studies have been done demonstrating safety. It is a vitamin combination so likely you would get the same effect by simply taking a prenatal vitamin. ...Read more

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After pregnancy my wife has started tremendous hair loss. Any remedy

After pregnancy my wife has started tremendous hair loss. Any remedy

Expected: Thus is called telogen effluvium and is a common issue after having a baby. It is annoying but not dangerous and resolves after about 6 months. Get thyroid testing done as a precautions too. ...Read more

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Hi I have excissve hair loss I buy natural oil for hair isit save in pregnancy?

Not gonna work: The oil is probably safe, but of no value. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Minoxidil 5% for hair loss while I'm trying for baby (pregnancy)with my wife? I stopped Minoxidil a while ago & now hairfall persists.

Is it safe to use Minoxidil 5% for hair loss while I'm trying for baby (pregnancy)with my wife? I stopped Minoxidil a while ago & now hairfall persists.

Minoxidil preg: This has never been tested to see if minoxidil, some of which is in your semen, can affect sperm
Mobility or damage sperm so baby is "not right". I would not bet your babies life/ health on improving hair growth in you. I would look at hair loss patterns in you family as you likely inherited these genes. And then decide if you can live with that or if you prefer to gamble with your babies health. ...Read more

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I've read studies suggesting links prolactin & hair loss (which I'm suffering with) my levels are 361. 0 pregnancies. Is this a *higher* level?

I've read studies suggesting links prolactin & hair loss (which I'm suffering with) my levels are 361. 0 pregnancies. Is this a *higher* level?

Over 150='higher': Hyperprolactinemia is thought to have association with female hair loss. There are conflicting studies esp. With mild elevations. However, there does appear to be evidence that prolactin is, in fact associated with female hair loss, but it is not known whether the elevated prolactin is a result of the condition that causes hair loss or the cause of the hair loss itself. ...Read more

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I've suffered from hair loss for long time before I got pregnant but during pregnancy my hair was good, during breast feeding I lost half my hair why?

I've suffered from hair loss for long time before I got pregnant but during pregnancy my hair was good, during breast feeding I lost half my hair why?

It happens often: It's related to the slight increase in your body temperature, which causes more of your hair to grow at a similar rate. About 3-4 months after pregnancy, some moms (and their babies) may lose hair. This usually returns to normal for you without treatment. ...Read more

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During pregnancy what happens to pcos symptoms such as scalp hair loss, facial hair, body hair, acne?

During pregnancy what happens to pcos symptoms such as scalp hair loss, facial hair, body hair, acne?

Suspended animation: The scalp and facial hair will remain, but new hair growth stimulation will be reduced. Acne tends to get better as the percentage of the male hormone causing the same is "overwhelmed by the large amounts of estrogen and progesterone hormones circulating during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Tubal ligation w/ c-section on 06/12/14, failed ablation on 04/30/15. Now feeling pregnancy symptoms. Severe cramping last 2 months. Excessive hair loss. Easy bruising. Sudden unintentional weight loss. Constant Migraines. Tons of Acne. Would It be possi

Tubal ligation w/ c-section on 06/12/14, failed ablation on 04/30/15. Now feeling pregnancy symptoms. Severe cramping last 2 months. Excessive hair loss. Easy bruising. Sudden unintentional weight loss. Constant Migraines. Tons of Acne. Would It be possi

Major Depression: I understand your distress.
Stresses of relationship, separation, failed ablation and feeling pregnancy symptoms have led to unresolved feelings of worry, fear, hurt, resentment, shame and guilt.
Anxiety Symptoms are- Constant Migraines and Tons of Acne;
Depression Symptoms -Weight loss and Excessive hair loss.
See Gynecologist for pregnancy.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses and feelings ...Read more

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After pregnancy and breastfeeding, I noticed an increase in grey hair. What causes that and how can the situation improve?

After pregnancy and breastfeeding, I noticed an increase in grey hair. What causes that and how can the situation improve?

Natural with stress: You are nearing forty and just put your body through 9 months of great hormonal upheaval and stress. (hopefully you got a great little one added to your family with that). However, at that age, stresses like that can cause depigmentation of hair and the onset of "grey hair". Unfortunately, other than dying, there is nothing you can do to reverse what has already occurred. ...Read more

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Hi, after pregnancy I'm losing my hair. It seems soon I will be bald :) how can I to stop it?

Hi, after pregnancy I'm losing my hair. It seems soon I will be bald :) how can I to stop it?

Normal don't worry: What you are experiencing is known as telogen effluvium (te). It is a form of non scarring alopecia (hair loss) characterized by diffuse hair shedding often with an acute onset. It is reactive process which resolves spontaneous. Te can be caused by a metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Pregnancy and delivery can be a significant physiologic stresses that can also induce te. ...Read more

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4m pp, thyroid levels normal, thyroid enlarged, u/s today. How long until normal pp hair loss and exhaustion level out? I am bf'ing

4m pp, thyroid levels normal, thyroid enlarged, u/s today. How long until normal pp hair loss and exhaustion level out? I am bf'ing

Could be months: Your hair is not lost, just breaking off. It should grow out normally, but may take several months since hair grows intermittently not continuously. Give it time, and avoid chemical treatments. Continue the iron to build your blood count back toward normal. ...Read more

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I'm 31m begining to show first signs of hair loss s@ back of my scalp. Does rogain or minoxidil really workk?

I'm 31m begining to show first signs of hair loss s@ back of my scalp. Does rogain or minoxidil really workk?

Yes, they may: Although, they may work for you, i'd recommend to rule out other possible causes of hair loss such as thyroid disease and/or anemia. If there is none of those, and you exhibit male baldness pattern, you may try rogaine (minoxidil). I'd not go for Minoxidil (oral) as it does have a higher incidence of side effects. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more