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4/21/11 10:08 A

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I'm having thin-hair issues too. Although I'm on Spironolactone and Metformin, and they're helping to control my facial hair, I feel like my scalp hair loss is getting worse. It's always been bad - my maternal grandfather was bald and I guess my high testosterone levels were activating those genes I carry from him. Though other signs point to my T levels going down. But either way the sink where I style my hair in the morning is always covered in a sprinkling of lost hair, and I'm always trying to hide my scalp.

Either my PCOS is not being controlled in this area, or the weight loss itself is provoking the increased loss temporarily. I haven't lost that much - 36 in the past year, of which 24 was since Christmas, so around 17% of my starting body weight. I've heard that MAJOR, sudden weight loss can provoke hair loss but surely my loss wouldn't be enough? I average around 1.5 pounds per week.

Or maybe it's just that last fall I started using product and blow-drying for volume for the first time in my life. But it's not like I'm teasing and backcombing or anything rough! Just a bit of high-hold goo and a 5min blowdry with a soft round brush.

I'm afraid of starting supplements or medicine for hair growth right now, when I'm already taking so much medicine. I don't want to overstress my liver or interfere with the regulation of my hormones and metabolism.

Hoping it starts to regulate and improve soon. I'm only 32!

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7/23/10 1:00 P

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I had been on bcp for 20 years give or take. Went off in February when I had my tubes tied, staying on metformin. I still had more than my share of hair coming off in my hands on bcp (the met is keeping cycles normal). I was diagnosed a couple years ago with alot of food allergies plus other allergies. I'm allergic to sulfites. Well it dawned on me about 2 months when I saw a commercial for loreal's sulfate free shampoo. For me I figured if I'm allergic to sulfites and shampoos have it, wonder if that was the reason? So I decided to try it. Been using sulfate free shampoo/conditioner for over a month now. I don't see where it's grown back (too early to tell I'm guessing), BUT it's not coming out anything like it used to. I can pull on my hair and not have 7-8 strands come out anymore. Worth a shot.

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6/13/10 8:36 P

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My doctor put me on spironolactone to help with hair I didn't want, but she said it also helps with growing hair back because it lowers the amount of testosterone in your body. Just starting it so we'll see!

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5/14/10 12:49 P

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I was on Depo Provera from 2004 till 2008 and I use to have thinning hair and I was actually bald in one area of my head for many years ... but in the past 5 years my bald spot has grown back and my hair has thickened up (enough so that I now have hair on the rest of my body that once was hairless - normal girly places).

It started growing back when I was put on Lupron, which sends you into chemical menopause, but its really grown all the way back since I went into medical menopause

Its not the best option for everyone, but for me it was the best choice I have made with my medical care.

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5/13/10 9:13 P

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Hi everyone,

I was just recently diagnosed with PCOS. I have had thinning hair on my scalp and I was wondering if anyone who is taking birth control to control their PCOS symptoms noticed if their hair was growing back. If not, any suggestions?

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