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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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


Dr. Corey Clay
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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