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Can irregular menstral cycles make your hair fall out?

By September 30, 2009 - 11:13pm
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I'm 29 years old and I have never had a normal menstral cycle. My periods can be anywhere from 3 weeks late to 3 months late. They just come and go whenever they want to..and usually when they do come the cramps and bleeding is awful. I've also noticed that my hair has been thinning out as well especially over the last 10 years and I just wondered if my horomones could be out of wack...maybe perhaps causing the irregular cycles and the hair loss. I'm always told its normal..but it just don't feel normal to me.

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on my phone, so im sorry this is short. Sounds like pcos to me, i have it also. Good luck to you!

November 15, 2009 - 7:38pm


Welcome to EmpowHer! Thank you so much for your question.

I think that you have good instincts. Yes, hormones influence nearly every part of your body in some way or another, and it's possible that they would be the cause of your irregular cycles and/or your hair loss. Have you had your hormones tested? How long ago? And did the doctor give you your actual hormonal levels, or just say they were "normal" ?

Have you ever taken (or has a doctor ever suggested taking) birth control pills to help regulate your cycle?

You say that the bleeding and cramps are awful when you do have a period. When it is extreme like that, endometriosis can sometimes be a cause. I thought I'd give you a link to our encyclopedia page on endometriosis so you could check your symptoms:


Here are a few links with good information about hair loss in women:


Do you like your doctor? Do you feel that she or he wants to help you get to the bottom of this problem?

October 1, 2009 - 9:27am
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