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Hair loss after miscarriage?

06/26/2012

Belle

Hey ladies, random post looking for info: Anyone experience crazy hair loss after a miscarriage? My hair is falling out all over the place – when I wash my hair, brush my hair, touch my hair or even just sitting around pieces drop onto my desk and shoulders. It’s gross. And alarming. Help!

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  1. Deborah #
    June 26, 2012

    Is it because the shift in hormones?

  2. June 26, 2012

    I’ve heard of hair loss after pregnancy – being pregnant makes you grow more / thicker hair, and so the hormone change after you’re no longer pregnant can make that hair fall out and go back to the way it was before. It’s possible that’s what you’re experiencing … but you could still ask your doctor if it’s really alarming 😦

  3. June 26, 2012

    I had hair loss after my miscarriage and after every failed treatment cycle. It scared the crap out of me but stopped after a week or 2. I also took Biotin and used strengthening shampoo/cond to help.

    • June 27, 2012

      My dad recommended the biotin. I will pick some up when I stop at the co-op next.

  4. June 26, 2012

    I have no words of wisdom but was going to suggest hormone shift as well. And apparantely you are not alone (looking at previous comments). Hope it resolves itself for you.

  5. June 26, 2012

    Ugh. I haven’t experienced this – but talk about adding insult to injury – I hate losing hair! Sorry :(.

  6. June 26, 2012

    Yes, as Robin and HRF suggested, this is totally normal! I know women who have lost lots of hair after miscarriage and pregnancy. I lost a lot of hair after going off BCPs. It is an unfortunate side effect, especially if you have thin hair like me! I even had little whispy bangs for a while. It will even out, though, don’t worry!

  7. D #
    June 26, 2012

    Yes. Totally normal! I have lost hair in 2 of my last 3 miscarriages. When I say lost hair, I mean clumps that clog up the drain (sorry TMI). I totally freaked out. The hair loss did gradually lessen the farther away I got from the miscarriages though. I have also been losing hair while taking Femara. I think it must have to do with hormones. Lucky for me I have a lot of hair still. 🙂

    • June 27, 2012

      I am not lucky in the hair category. What I lack in hair I make up for in, um, foot size I guess. 🙂 Glad to know I’m not alone in this!

    • pcosbarrenness #
      June 28, 2012

      I lost hair on Femara too! It freaked me out because I have very thin hair to begin with. So happy to be done with that drug…

  8. meggola #
    June 26, 2012

    I think it’s a hormonal thing. I had hair loss when I was taking birth control, and have had it off and on throughout treatments and depending on where I’m at in my cycle. It’s totally freaky, I know.

    • June 27, 2012

      You know, I had it while in birth control too, now that you mention it. Good to know I’m not crazy and going bald 🙂

  9. June 26, 2012

    Here from lots of blog hopping. Yes, hair loss after miscarriage is normal. You don’t loose hair as much during pregnancy, but once you have the baby – either at full term or earlier – your hormones go on their roller coaster ride and hair comes out. Best of luck on your journey to a baby!

  10. Mo #
    June 26, 2012

    I’ve never had that happen, but PPs seem to say it’s normal. It makes sense that your hormone shifts would influence that kind of thing.
    But if it does continue for more than a couple of weeks I would get thee to a doctor.

  11. Mary Ann #
    June 26, 2012

    It’s normal. The progesterone actually makes you keep your hair longer than you normally would. The sudden loss of progesterone makes the hair fall out and/or break. This also happens after women give birth- it’s the hormone shift. I asked my doc and my hairdresser after my second loss because it was falling out to the point where I had obvious thinning.

  12. jak #
    June 26, 2012

    i’ve had hair loss after 2 unsuccessful ivf cycles. have to agree, gotta be the hormone shift.

  13. June 26, 2012

    After my losses, I swore I was going to go bald. Just one more crappy thing to deal with, right? Hopefully the hairs that are falling out are the ones with split ends already. 🙂

    • June 27, 2012

      🙂 Yes, if I”m going to shed like my cat please at least let it be the crappy hairs!

  14. June 26, 2012

    Have your thyroid checked. Hyperthyroidism is a common reason hair falls out, if it doesn’t stop soon you could get your levels checked.

  15. June 26, 2012

    Yep, me too. I’ve had periods of shedding after every IVF/FET whether they ended in bfn or m/c. Yet another lovely side effect of having your hormones messed with. Don’t worry, it will stop. I use a shampoo with chinese herbs that seems to help stop the shedding cycle and encourage new hairs to start growing more quickly.

    • June 27, 2012

      I’d love to know what shampoo you use! Would you mind sharing?

      • June 29, 2012

        Sorry – just now saw your reply. I use Peter Lamas brand Chinese Herbs stimulating shampoo. I get it at EarthFare, but if you don’t have one of those near you, you can get it online, just google the name. Good luck and hang in there!

  16. June 26, 2012

    I didn’t know it was normal, but I had gobs fall out too. But weeks after my loss. I attributed it to my iron levels which were super low from my massive blood loss. Taking iron has slowed it down now. Maybe you could get your iron checked too.

    • June 27, 2012

      Will do! Yeah, mine started at 6 weeks post loss. It only adds insult to injury, you know?

  17. lrm1102 #
    June 26, 2012

    I am new to your blog. I have not had this happen after pregnancy or recently with our pregnancy loss but this happened a lot before I found out about having an under-active thyroid a couple of years ago! I would also suggest maybe having your thyroid tested. I know that being pg can cause ones thyroid to be out of kilter. I am so sorry that you are experiencing this!

    • June 27, 2012

      I’ll be sure to bring it up with my Rheumatologist in July! Thanks!

  18. June 27, 2012

    Hair loss: it happened to me after my last miscarriage 2 years ago. My hair has not grown back. It you figure out a way to grow yours back, please let me know. I hate it 😦

    • June 27, 2012

      Oh sadness. I lost a lot of hair during my clomid cycle. Honestly, changing my diet had the biggest impact on it growing back. I used to eat a very low fat diet and while it kept me a svelte size 2, it did terrible things to my skin and hair. I try my hardest to eat healthy fats daily. My dietitian has me striving for 56 grams of fat a day which, with my past eating disorder constantly lingering, can be challenging some days. It has made a huge difference in my hair, though. Might be worth looking at your diet. I have upped my fat intake this week since it started and am trying to add more protein. Can’t hurt, you know?

  19. July 1, 2012

    Have not experienced it myself, but many of my friends and family have experienced lots of hair loss after the pregnancy hormones are gone. My Mom, a hairdresser, says that the pregnancy hormones keep your hair from shedding naturally. You body holds on to a lot more than it usually does and when the hormones are gone it can all fall out at once which makes for horrible bald spots sometimes. I hope it stops soon.

  20. Tee Wood #
    September 17, 2012

    I have never been pregnant, but I have experienced extreme hair shedding. I stopped using heat in my head, and I started doing biweekly protein treatments. I saw results immediately. I have to keep my hair moisturized, and I try not to use products with alcohol in it. A protein treatments can be as simple as getting a bowl and putting an egg, a good leave in conditioner, and an virgin oil. Coconut oil is amazing, but extra virgin olive oil will work as well. You can add honey as well, and liquid vitamin E. A protein treatment has to have moisturizing agents as well so that hair isn’t dry. Try Youtubing the issue. So many people suffer from the same thing.

  21. tanyahyatt #
    November 8, 2012

    hey i had a miscarriage in august of this year. and i lost quite a bit of hair.
    i talked to my doctor about it and asked what is happening. she said that when you are pregnant your hormones increase and that makes your hair follicles close up. you keep growing your hair like normal but your body does not expel hair like it normally does (the normal hair loss per day is 100 strands), so when you have the baby or miscarry everything kind of reboots and the hair that your body has held onto for how ever long you were pregnant for comes out.
    she also said that it may seem that you keep losing for a bit but not to worry it will come back! might not be 100% of what it was before, like it could be finer but your hair will come back. she said that it could take anywhere from 3-6 months before you notice the hair coming back, and that it takes so long because what is going on is called a rest phase, once that phase is done (in 3-6 months) it will “reboot” and start growing.
    so hang in there! it will come back!
    like i said i had one in august, i was 6 weeks, and mine is still super thin. i am not losing anymore though! i am just waiting for it to come back 🙂
    a good thing that i did to kind of mask the thin hair until it grows back is cut it shorter. my hair was almost to my butt and it looked horrible. i cut it about a month ago now to my shoulders… looks so much better and fuller! just an idea.
    oh and taking biotin supplements…..ask your doctor first. i have been taking them because i read everywhere that it helps boost hair growth. it really does not and was a waste of money!

    • M #
      November 9, 2012

      Good luck ladies. I had a torrid time with hair-loss post miscarriage but it did calm down after about 3 months. Very scary though! I did see a consultant dermatologist with a specialism in hair loss… He was very clear that there is NO imperical evidence that biotin helps hair loss. There is evidence for nail and skin benefits but nothing for hair. x

  22. G #
    October 6, 2013

    My dear I had one IVF cycle this September 2013 and a miscarriage but the same thing. My hair is falling into chunks whether I shower or not. It’s depressing me! What happened to you now? Did it stop?

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