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Can I use minoxidil for postpartum hair loss?

Can I use minoxidil for postpartum hair loss?

Yes: Hair loss following childbirth lasts for 6-12 months and then stabilizes. ...Read more

Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. 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 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 thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by ...Read more


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Been dealing with post partum hair loss for almost a year now and I have patches of hair missing on the sides and the back, in the crown and in the front. Blood work came back normal. How to fix?

Been dealing with post partum hair loss for almost a year now and I have patches of hair missing on the sides and the back, in the crown and in the front. Blood work came back normal. How to fix?

Alopecia: Chastity, this is not uncommon after pregnancy. Have your TSH (thyroid) checked and a dermatologist to check for alopecia areata. If a physiological loss of hair, there is a chance it may grow back. Until then I would consider extensions etc to cover. I would not go the drastic route of hair transplant just yet! Make sure other drugs not the cause! thanks ...Read more

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Can you use rogaine to treat post partum hair loss?

Can you use rogaine to treat post partum hair loss?

Post partum hair : Loss is self limiting. Rogaine is not recommended, especially if you are nursing. ...Read more

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Is a ferritin level of 9 dangerously low? I am 2 years postpartum and losing hair more rapidly than ever before. Could the low ferritin be the cause?

Is a ferritin level of 9 dangerously low? I am 2 years postpartum and losing hair more rapidly than ever before. Could the low ferritin be the cause?

Low iron: Your level of ferritin indicates that you have low iron storage. I recommend start taking iron supplement. Low iron level would cause hair loss or thinning of hair. ...Read more

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I have clumps of hair loss, especially in showers, clogging my drain, why?

I have clumps of hair loss, especially in showers, clogging my drain, why?

Hair: The are many reasons for alopecia. Medical reasons include certain medications, hyperthyroid conditions, and stress related. Some forms of alopecia are idiopathic and do not have a specific cause. ...Read more

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What to do if I have heard some people say that child birth can cause hair loss. will the hair loss be serious?

What to do if I have heard some people say that child birth can cause hair loss. will the hair loss be serious?

Mostly no: there is postpartum alopecia (telogen effluvium), lasting 4-6 weeks. Hair will spontaneously return after that time. ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamins help with female hair loss?

Can prenatal vitamins help with female hair loss?

Doubtful, but ...: Not likely, but i would continue them. Hair loss after pregnancy (telogen effluvium) is common and the result of an arrested phase of hair growth. It may also occur after periods of stress or illness. It is considered harmless and usually resolves after 3-4 months. Nevertheless, prenatal vitamins are likely to be helpful in many ways, especially if you are postpartum and breastfeeding. ...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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more


Dr. Linda Bernstein
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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more