hair loss after weaning? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 11-09-2012, 05:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
iris777888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: land locked
Posts: 293
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Ever since my 5yo stopped nursing regularly about 6 months ago I have been experiencing hair loss. I have always had very thick hair but now it is thinning all over and it's becoming especially noticeable along my part line. I did not experience any major post-partum hair loss that I can recall (most certainly nothing like this). It's very disconcerting.

 

Is it possible that the hair loss is related to hormone fluctuation due to weaning? If so, how long might it last? What can be done to get it to stop?

 

I had my annual exam in September and the midwife rain a couple tests on my thyroid and iron and both came back fine. I'm not experiencing any other major/new symptoms, I'm in good health and my periods are regular. Should I be going back to the midwife for more tests to rule out other issues, such as nutritional deficiencies? 

 

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!


Wife and mama to one awesome boy. love.gif
iris777888 is offline  
#2 of 5 Old 11-15-2012, 07:38 AM
Administrator
 
cynthia mosher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Arabia!
Posts: 38,890
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)

Have you made any personal diet changes? Gone on a weightloss diet? Cut any of the major food group out of your diet or drastically reduced them?


cynthia mosher is online now  
#3 of 5 Old 11-15-2012, 09:57 AM
 
drjkf's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 93
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hair loss can certainly occur from hormone fluctuation, and may also be due to nutrition, stress, infection, or auto-immune condition.  The following are tests I would consider:

Thyroid including TSH, free T3, free T4, antibodies (TPO, TSI)

ANA to look at possible auto-immune issues

ESR to measure inflammation

Ferritin for iron stores

 

My favorite nutrient test is Spectracell Micronutrient testing (I have no affiliation with the company other than I run their tests with my patients and find the results useful).  You can ask your healthcare provider if they would be willing to order this test for you.  If they do not have an account with Spectracell, perhaps they can open an account and run the test for you, or refer you to a practitioner who does have an account.  You can find a Spectracell practitioner here:

http://www.spectracell.com/

 

Warmly,

Dr. Jennifer


Jennifer Karon-Flores, ND | www.nurtureclinic.com | Appointments in person, by phone & Skype 503/701-8766 |

Meeting you where you are, supporting you on your journey to whole body wellness


 

drjkf is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 11-15-2012, 05:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
iris777888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: land locked
Posts: 293
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cynthia Mosher View Post

Have you made any personal diet changes? Gone on a weightloss diet? Cut any of the major food group out of your diet or drastically reduced them?


No to all of these, which is why it has been a bit perplexing. I did quit my full time job a few months before this started, so have made changes to my daily schedule and amount/types of exercise, but my diet, weight, etc are not much different than before.


Wife and mama to one awesome boy. love.gif
iris777888 is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 11-15-2012, 05:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
iris777888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: land locked
Posts: 293
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Thank you. I will get in touch with my provider to see if she can run these tests. In September we did TSH with reflex free T-4, hemoglobin, and hematocrit, so certainly not comprehensive.


Wife and mama to one awesome boy. love.gif
iris777888 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off