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Felmale Hair Loss

By Anonymous July 2, 2009 - 1:42pm
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I'm a 45-year-old female. Last year I had iron deficiency anemia and was prescribed iron pills for six months. My iron has been normal for the last six months.

In January, I slipped and fell, breaking my (leg) fibula in 4 places and broke my kneecap into 3 pieces. I went through two surgeries (general anesth) to repair my kneecap. My hair is falling out like crazy. I always had very thick curly healthy hair and how it's very thin and lifeless. I find hair on my pillow, on my shirt constantly and if I gently run my fingers through my hair I pull out a handful. I mentioned all this to my primary care doc and she just blew me off. Is this hair change as a result of my injuries and surgeries? Will it ever return to the way it once was?


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I am sorry to hear that your doctor did not think your symptoms or concerns were valid. You are not alone, though as low levels of iron can cause hair loss, and there are treatment options available.

Are you able to see another doctor for a 2nd opinion? There are true medical causes for female hair loss, and a doctor "blowing you off" does not have your best interest at heart.

Medical causes for female hair loss can include:
- PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
- hormone imbalance
- autoimmune disorder (alopecia areata--an inflammatory condition that causes hair to fall out in clumps or patches)
- temporary shedding called "telogen effluvium", from "childbrth, crash dieting, surgery, thyroid disorders, anemia, chronic illness, certain medications, traumatic emotional events. etc".
- genetics is actually the most common cause of hair loss for both men and women

It is advised that you see a doctor who specializes in female pattern balding, and possibly can confirm if this is indeed from your anemia, surgery or any of the medications you have been taking. Hopefully it is temporary, and treatable with medications (such as FDA-approved Rogaine or Propecia), and/or other treatment options.

You may be interested in reading this article (click here, regarding common causes and solutions for female hair loss).

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