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Doctor insights on: Hair Loss During Menstrual Cycle

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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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Extended/unusual (12+ days) menstrual period w/clots; hair loss; mild dizziness. Are they poss. Related? Watch/wait or make an appointment?

Extended/unusual (12+ days) menstrual period w/clots; hair loss; mild dizziness. Are they poss. Related? Watch/wait or make an appointment?

Don't delay: I would see your gynecologist as soon as possible since it is unclear how much blood you were losing and that might explain your dizziness. ...Read more

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I'm losing hair very quickly & the volume has reduced considerably. This worries me a lot because my menstrual cycle is already a week late?

I'm losing hair very quickly & the volume has reduced considerably. This worries me a lot because my menstrual cycle is already a week late?

Alopecia: Alopecia or hair loss has many different causes. Unfortunately, we often can't explain why but explain it as a reaction to stress (very common after hospitalization, surgery, childbirth, etc), poor nutrition, thyroid disorders, etc. Skin infections & immune system disorder can cause hair loss, too. In men, too much dihydrotestosterone can cause hair loss. Don't forget medications. Go see your doc. ...Read more

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I am experiencing hair loss (quality: rising hairline). The following also describes me: Irregular menstrual periods. What should I do?

I am experiencing hair loss (quality: rising hairline). The following also describes me: Irregular menstrual periods. What should I do?

Well few issues: First of all you are 50 years old so the irregular periods may be. Kemal part of the menapausal state. Same with the hair loss issue. Now there also may be an imbalance issue and you should have your blood checked especially your thyroid. So go get checked out good so you can have your answers and not worry ...Read more

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I've been having infrequent menstrual periods and a lot of hair loss including alopecia areata which cured on its own, is there a link between the 2?

I've been having infrequent menstrual periods and a lot of hair loss including alopecia areata which cured on its own, is there a link between the 2?

TherMay be related: It can be due to few conditions. It seems you are constipated as well. All these three can be caused by Hypothyroidism and can be successfully treated after diagnosis is confirmed by history/ physical exam and blood test. There are other causes as well like Type2 Diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, depression&Cushing syndrome. Consult your doctor and get appropriate treatment ...Read more

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I am experiencing irregular menstrual periods (quality: spotting between periods). The following also describe me: Hair loss and Abnormal vaginal...

I am experiencing irregular menstrual periods (quality: spotting between periods). The following also describe me: Hair loss and Abnormal vaginal...

Check thyroid: I am suspicious that your symptoms indicate a possible thyroid issue. Also, polycystic ovarian syndrome should be considered. These diagnoses can be made by checking some bloodwork, which you're gyn can order. Good luck. ...Read more

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Experiencing for 2 yrs severe chronic fatigue, hair loss, no menstrual cycle, shortness of breath, nausea, frequent bronchitis, joint/muscle pain. Been taking adderol. Rbc platelet tibc others off. Med cause?

Experiencing for 2 yrs severe chronic fatigue, hair loss, no menstrual cycle, shortness of breath, nausea, frequent bronchitis, joint/muscle pain. Been taking adderol. Rbc platelet tibc others off. Med cause?

Fatigue: First must look at common causes such as thyroid disease and pituitary dysfunction. Assuming you don't have an eating disorder where restriction leads to malnutrition then the search needs to go other diseases such as autoimmune disease and rheumatological disorders. Adderal will not help as it may cause rebound depression making mood worse along with physical symptoms. Dysautonomia can cause this. ...Read more

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What's causing my hair loss? Heavy menses due to Large Fibroids, wearing a wig, Anemia due to Fibroids. Thyroids are very normal, had that checked.

What's causing my hair loss? Heavy menses due to Large Fibroids, wearing a wig, Anemia due to Fibroids. Thyroids are very normal, had that checked.

Hair loss in women: Well you've already had the thyroid checked. Being anemic can cause all kinds of problems. Alopecia areata is a immune disorder where your own immune system attacks your hair cells. Infections can also cause loss as well as lupus. If you have itching as well you may have something else going on in your body. As an example, gallstones, which can cause itching and hence hair loss. ...Read more

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My menses cycle only 3day. I have nite sweats, hirsutism, hair loss, back pain, acne vulgaris with rhynophyma, greasy skin. Is it due to high androgen?

My menses cycle only 3day. I have nite sweats, hirsutism, hair loss, back pain, acne vulgaris with rhynophyma, greasy skin. Is it due to high androgen?

Likely: You should consult your gynecologist as your symptoms suggest poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. There may be effective treatment for the disorder, however, it is prudent that you get an in-person evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25 day cycle. My BMI is 17.0, I have constipation, dry/thinning hair, distended stomach, and burp a lot.

On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25 day cycle. My BMI is 17.0, I have constipation, dry/thinning hair, distended stomach, and burp a lot.

Weight: Your low weight may be a contributing factor - especially if you work out excessively. This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25 day cycle. BMI is 17.0, I have constipation, dry/thinning hair, insomnia, distended stomach, and burp a lot.

On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25 day cycle. BMI is 17.0, I have constipation, dry/thinning hair, insomnia, distended stomach, and burp a lot.

See doctor: A BMI or 17 and ammenorrhea suggest metabolic issues that are not discernible without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It is imperative that you see your doctor for an in-person evaluation. The reason for your excessively low weight needs to be determined. ...Read more

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Is hair loss common during menopause, and are there any ways to prevent it?

Is hair loss common during menopause, and are there any ways to prevent it?

Female baldness: Remember that baldness is genetic and affects both men and women. It could be that you have inherited a gene for baldness and are just now seeing it. Rogaine (minoxidil) is the treatment of choice for both men and women if this is indeed female pattern baldness. ...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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How can you prevent total hair loss during chemotherapy?

How can you prevent total hair loss during chemotherapy?

Not possible: It is really not possible. But in most patients hair grows back after a while, after the chemotherapy is stopped ...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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Please tell me, could a 20 year old guy find wigs for hair loss during chemotherapy?

Please tell me, could a 20 year old guy find wigs for hair loss during chemotherapy?

Hair for chemo: Most hospitals or clincs dispensing chemo, have a connection to suppliers of toupees and wigs. You are not alone in this situation. Best of luck. ...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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What specific blood test can detect reason for hair loss during bath? Can headaches have any connection?

What specific blood test can detect reason for hair loss during bath? Can headaches have any connection?

No one specific test: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, finasteride, hair transplants, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium ...Read more

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During last 6 months I've used cyproterone and finastride 5 for hair loss alternatively. How much time I should stop using it before doing sperm test?

During last 6 months I've used cyproterone and finastride 5 for hair loss alternatively. How much time I should stop using it before doing sperm test?

Here are...: Make sure of having existing semen analysis for infertility now so the later test some 3-4 months after stopping drugs can be sensibly compared because a course of sperm formation takes some 74 days. So, 3-4 months. Best wish... ...Read more

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I developed mild gynecomastia from taking Saw Palmetto during a period of 4 days to treat my hair loss. Can gynecomastia reverse on its own?

I developed mild gynecomastia from taking Saw Palmetto during a period of 4 days to treat my hair loss. Can gynecomastia reverse on its own?

It'll go away: It'll probably reverse or you can see about outpatient surgery. Saw palmetto isn't going to help your hair loss nearly as much as real medical or surgical treatment. Or you can decide to embrace your masculinity and your genetics and work on fitness instead. 95% of a man's looks is his athleticism, regardless of where he has hair, and you'll feel and be healthier. Photo Guy isn't complaining. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience more hair loss during autumn? Even if I have never experienced it before? I'm loosing 40 hairs a day average

Is it normal to experience more hair loss during autumn? Even if I have never experienced it before? I'm loosing 40 hairs a day average

Hair loss: Your hair loss has nothing to do with Autumn but it is most likely related to your medication, especially Accutane which is well known for causing temporary and even permanent hair loss. ...Read more

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Body aches, hair loss, easily bruised prior to period. Also tired 1wk prior and during what is causing this? I'm 34 have 3 kids my youngest is 11!

Body aches, hair loss, easily bruised prior to period. Also tired 1wk prior and during what is causing this? I'm 34 have 3 kids my youngest is 11!

Multiple Symptoms: Whenever you have multiple symptoms such as this you need to have a physical examination and blood work to determine the cause. There is no need for you to feel this way all the time. There may be a simple explanation that can easily be treated. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more