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Just got back from a dr's visit. Recent blood tests (done on the first day of AF) showed that I had high FSH and low estradiol. My last 3 cycles have been significantly shorter. AND I am also experiencing significant hair loss (!). My dr said the usual course of action would be to prescribe birth control pills to help regulate my hormones, but since I'm homozygous for an MTHFR variant I shouldn't take BCPs due to a risk of clotting.

So (oh knowledgeable mamas), what can I do? Is there any natural hormone regulator that would be safe to take? And WTH could be causing my hormonal weirdness? I'm only just turned 34, isn't this too young for peri-menopause???

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Start with magnesium and folate (not synthetic folic acid), zinc, B6, methyl- B12, vit D, selenium, sulfate, Omega 3 fatty acids. Epsom salt baths.

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Thanks so much Pat. In the past couple of months I've started magnesium, methyl-folate, B6, B12 (though not methyl-b12). I was already taking fish oil (omega 3) and vit D3. I'll look into selenium, zinc and sulphate. Another concern is that I currently have a lot of amalgam fillings so I don't want to take anything that would start moving mercury around.

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Found a very interesting website about hair loss (with, btw, page after page of info that would be interesting for those even not suffering from hair loss). This was the recommended regimen for female hair loss:
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5 Milligrams (5,000 Micrograms) of Biotin.

2,000 Milligrams of MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

1 Capsule of BioSil (Orthosilicic Acid)

1,000 millligrams Betaine HCL (take if Ferritin levels are low) taken at meal time.

12.5 Milligrams of Iodoral (dosage may vary based on the results of iodine saturation test).

15 Milligrams of Zinc

100 Milligrams of Molybdenum

1000 Milligrams of Neptune Krill Oil or Borage Oil (Source of GLA).

10 Milligrams of Iron (Menstruating women only).

1,000 Milligrams of L-Lysine

If currently using a copper IUD or birth control pill or have elevated copper levels, take Sensoril®,
a patented form of Ashwagandha, 125 Milligrams twice per day.
Does anything on that list seem unsafe to take considering my MTHFR status and mercury issues?

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Caution with mercury issues. Biotin, MSM and Iodine can release mercury into circulation.

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Oh thanks Pat. I've already been taking Biotin but I'll stop right away!

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