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Unread 05-18-2021, 06:20 PM
Hair thinning!

I am 48 and 9 months post op total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo oopherectomy. I am a beast cancer survivor, so no HRT for me. I am losing my hair. It started out with some thinning at my crown, but now it is all over and my hairline is receding. I am so stressed out over this. I had my thyroid, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin b and d tested and all is normal except my vitamin d is a little low. I've tried Nioxin, but all that did was dry my hair out. My next step is a dermatologist, but wondered if this had happened to anyone else?
I know that anesthesia can effect your hair, but 9 months later still????
Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 05-19-2021, 04:23 AM
Hair thinning!

I've noticed increased hair loss myself since going through natural menopause. It's related to a condition known as Telogen Effluvium, in which the sudden loss of estrogen production causes a large number of hair follicles to enter the telogen (resting) phase all at once, leading to subsequent fallout. The good news is that for every hair that falls out, there's another one waiting to grow in its place, and once your body adjusts to its "new normal," which may take a little longer for some people, your hair's growth cycle should return to normal. To ensure that your new head of hair is as healthy as possible, in addition to checking your nutritional status, go easy on common contributors to hair loss like tight hairstyles, chemical treatments, and frequent use of heat tools; before pandemic lockdowns closed my local Y, I was swimming 3 days a week, in a chlorinated pool, wearing a tight-fitting swim cap, followed by regular blow-drying, and since I haven't been doing that, I've noticed a significant difference. Best wishes for a healthy head of hair, and for your continued health!
Unread 06-03-2021, 10:34 AM
Hair thinning!

Thank you for this response as well! Its positive to know that some hair may grow back if you take care of it. I do get my hair colored every 3 months but am going to stop with hair drying daily. I didnt ask the original question but had TAH 5 weeks ago amd have worried about this. Thnak you!!
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Unread 07-06-2021, 06:18 PM
Re: Hair thinning!

You might try a collagen powder or collagen supplement. I feel like my hair has been growing faster and not falling out quite as much since I started taking it most days post-op. I use Ancient Nutrition and YouTheory brands together.
Unread 07-06-2021, 07:40 PM
Re: Hair thinning!

I just went to the dermatologist today and she feels that my overall thinning is telogen effluvium. It has been almost 1 year since my hysterectomy and I can't believe this is still going on. She prescribed oral minoxidil and put me on an anti aging supplement and I will be using 5% topical minoxidil as well. She seemed confident that this will help the thinning and promote regrowth. I am really hoping this works because the thinning keeps getting worse!
Unread 08-24-2021, 04:49 PM
Hair thinning!

I literally lose chunks of hair everytime I wash it, and brushing is almost as bad!
I take D Vitamins (bc my levels were low enough to concern the dr), but other than that, all I hear is collagen peptides or possibly biotin.
I have been lucky enough to have lots of (very thin) hair so it isn't too obvious how much I am losing, though the amount of Draino I have to buy is astounding!

Good luck to you!
Unread 08-31-2021, 09:12 AM
Re: Hair thinning!

Oh my god, I'm so sorry! There's no feeling worse than feeling your hair starting to get thinner as a woman. You definitely need more supplements in your life.

Sorry for chiming in to this thread so late, but I used to dread taking showers all the time. Now I don't mind.

This is my story and some of my best advice which I hope is going to be of much help.

I'm a woman in her 50's and I didn't give much thought to my sprouting gray hairs and my hair loss in my 30's during my first pregnancy because they were virtually undetectable; however, as my patch turned into a streak, I began to question whether or not I should address them although it was the last thing I wanted to do...

Should I color them? Should I stick to natural hairstyles where they'd go unnoticed? I was really on the fence, yet I didn't feel particularly rushed to conceal my grays...

I'm glad there are finally solutions out there for doing something about it that actually work!

This is a daily hair growth supplement that quite quickly helped me and my bestie to improve our hair and stop our hair loss with a few important but natural ingredients: TressAnew

It wasn't until we found it we were able to make our hair stop falling off as fast although it doesn't stop completely!

I finally feel a lot more confident in my hair!

Wishing you the best of luck in your journey, sis.

Hope my advice was of help to you <3

Unread 09-07-2021, 06:48 PM
Re: Hair thinning!

How is your hair doing now?
Unread 09-08-2021, 06:34 AM
Re: Hair thinning!

Hi Maggiedrak,

My hair is not getting any better, but I think maybe the falling out is slowing down or maybe I am finally out of the TE stage and now it will take a while to grow back? Either way, I am trying not to stress over it. My body has changed so much since my breast cancer diagnosis. It makes me so sad to think that 4 years ago I was "normal" and happy, healthy, loving my 40s. Now I have so many residual effects from the chemo. Having a hysterectomy has left me with a host of other issues to deal with. I feel 10 years older than I am and I long for my life prior to my BC diagnosis. I just deal with it day by day and try to look at the positives as much as I can. Thank you for asking!

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