Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
188 Doctors are Online

Suffering from excessive hair loss. Is the hair loss caused by hormonal issue or something else?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 1980
Answered : 1 Question
Question
I've had sudden excessive hair loss & thinning for past 2 months or so. Full strands fall out with light tug, washing, drying, etc. Earliest dermatology appt not until Dec. Had thyroid and hormone levels checked (see results listed below). Thyroid is normal. Hormone levels appear to fall in post menopausal ranges but I haven't gone thru menopause yet as I have been getting a monthly period but has been extremely light for past 4 months. Had a prolonged menstrual period in May and was prescribed a 14 day course of Provera. Periods have been light ever since. I used to have painful cramps, clots & breast tenderness and could always tell when I was getting my period. Haven't had any of that since the Provera. Recent PAP test was normal. Had extreme stress related to unexpected 3 day hospitalization in May for unrelated issue. Is the hair loss caused by hormonal issue or something else? How long might it last...I'm afraid all hair will fall out. Labs Results: FSH: 53.6 LH 24.8 Estrogen: 25 Progesterone: 0.20 TSH: 1.95 Free T4: 0.83 Total Testosterone: 20 Testosterone Free: 1.4 Testosterone, Bioavailable: 3.0 DHEA Sulfate: 26
Posted Thu, 15 Nov 2012 in Hair Loss
 
 
Answered by Dr. Rahul Tawde 3 hours later
Dear XXXXXXX,
Hair loss can be due to many different reasons. Hormonal abnormalities can also lead to hair loss. Hypothyroidism is the most common hormonal cause of hair loss. There are other rare hormonal causes as well. The reports you have given rule out any hormonal abnormality leading to hair loss including hypothyroidism. So your hormones are not directly responsible for hair loss. There are so many other causes for hair loss it becomes difficult to attribute it to any particular etiology without proper investigations and evaluation.Many times we treat hair loss without actually not being able to determine the cause and it works. So I suggest that you can start treatment for hairloss even if no obvious cause is found. As far as the duration of hair loss is concerned it may last for 3- 6 months if treatment is given amd longer if not treated. There are a few home remedies for hair loss which can be found easily on internet. You can try them till yoi consult your dermatologist. I'm confident that you hair loss will subside with proper treatment. So dont worry hope for the best.
Shivaprasad
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Drug/Medication
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor