Help me not freak out here. I noticed in the last week or so that my hair seems to be thinning just above my forehead. It seems to be isolated to a small area about the size of a half-dollar, right smack in the front.
Initially, I thought it could have been from a sunburn I got on the front of my scalp at the beach a couple of weeks ago, but when I looked it up online, PCOS kept coming up. There are some signs that I could have PCOS but I'm not sure. I've discussed it with my ND & he said that I'm already doing what he'd suggest because he didn't think I'd want to try Metformin (he's right). I eat a fairly low-carb diet, no gluten, no grains other than occasional rice. I am usually low sugar, but could improve in that area. I could also go lower carb.
The only thing I've changed lately is I've taken up exercise. I work out 3 times a week, mostly light weight lifting with aerobics but I've been doing cardio kickboxing lately too. Maybe I'll cut back to just 3 days of the light weight lifting/aerobics.
As for PCOS, I'm super fertile, my cycles are regular (31-33 days each cycle), I feel like I'm ovulating regularly every cycle (my libido jumps big time & I get some serious ECM.) I am a hairy ape woman, always have been. My fasting insulin & glucose were great. I used to notice that after eating wheat, I'd feel dizzy, light-headed & just like I was having insulin problems. Actually, I was feeling that way after anything carby or sugary. For some reason, I don't get this feeling any more. My cholesterol was great...what else? I have my annual coming up soon & I'm going to mention it & see if I can run some blood work & maybe have a U/S of my ovaries.
Is there anything specific I should ask for?
Have any PCOS sufferers tried natural progesterone? Dr. Lam recommends it for estrogen dominance which he says leads to PCOS because our bodies convert the excess estrogen into testosterone.
I read about Saw palmetto & think I'd like to try it. I'm still BFing, but I think it's okay to take. I'm also going to get a good B complex because Biotin is supposed to be good for hair growth & glucose metabolism.
Any other suggestions for hair thinning/loss? My embarrassing big fear has always been tooth loss (have occasional nightmares about it) but all of a sudden, this hair loss thing is right up there! Dd1 said to me the other day when I was asking her if she thought my hair was thinning (& she knows about my tooth loss phobia) "I'd be more concerned about losing an arm or leg if I were you. You can always get dentures or a wig." Kids - leave it to them to put things in perspective for ya.