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Postpartum hair loss solutions

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Thinning Hair & Shedding
March 18, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
I just received an email from a reader who had recently had a baby boy and was experiencing excessive hair shedding asking if she should try Truth In Aging’s new Hair Vitality Complex  ($49 in the TIA shop). The short answer is yes and I’ll come back to that. But before I answered her, I did some research into postpartum hair loss.

Happily, things typically start out well. During pregnancy there is an increase in the level of estrogen hormones. Estrogen causes hair to remain in the growing phase and thus stimulates hair growth. A pregnant woman can expect a full and luxurious mane.

Then at between one to five months after delivery, telogen effluvium - the excessive shedding of hair – may occur. Actually this is not uncommon, afflicting 40-50% percent of new mothers. Indeed, Selma Blair told People magazine that her hair “just started falling out at the three-month mark”. She was 39 at the time and declared she wasn’t an extension sort of person and would simply go bald if it came to that.

Generally, postpartum hair loss is short-lived. After delivery, when those aforementioned estrogen levels return to normal, the hair may fall out all at once but then gradually return - this can take from six to 12 months - to the usual cycle of growth, resting and shedding. (Read more on how hair grows).

But many women claim that their hair never recovers. The other day friend of mine eagerly (with almost unseemly haste, I might say) grabbed the bottle of Hair Vitality Complex that I gave her, claiming that her hair has never really recovered since the birth of her daughter nearly five years ago.

I am eager to see how she does with Hair Vitality Complex. When we tested this on 125 members of the TIA community last year, there were several women who reported good results using it on thinning hair that they contributed to having had a baby in recent years or months. The Hair Vitality Complex formula is based on copper peptides and vitamin B5.

The genesis of Hair Vitality Complex was my own hormone related thinning hair issues, due to peri-menopause. As with post-partum symptoms, the culprit is fluctuating estrogen. When Rogaine and other topical treatments didn’t work for me, I found that copper peptides were extremely helpful and wanted a solution that would be pleasant and safe to use, as well as play nice with chemically colored hair. Read more on how Hair Vitality Complex came about.

I also find that a vitamin-rich, low carb diet helps, as do antioxidant rich shampoos and conditioners (I like Nutra-Lift and Yarok). Although I haven't tried them myself, I hear good reports on taking biotin supplements.
  • June 22, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Amy, I think Hair Vitality would be worth a try. It has reduced shedding and produced new hair growth for me. And it can't hurt to give it a go.

  • June 22, 2012

    by amy

    Hi, I am very interested in trying Hair Vitality for my thinning excessive daily shedding hair. I am in my early 40's and have hormonal imbalances, adrenal issues due to extreme stress.(and I might add, having 1/2 the amount of hair on my head doesn't help!). Would this help me? Have tried Nioxin, Mira Oil etc...hasn't stopped the shedding at all. I'm desperate and finding it difficult to leave the house.

  • March 21, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Agnes, yes it should help reduce shedding caused by hormonal changes around menopause. I designed Hair Vitality Complex with myself in mind as my hair started to thin in my late 40s. Hair Vitality has done a great job of restoring my hairline at the age of 52. You can read about how the product originated here: <a href="http://truthinaging.com/hair/truth-in-aging-launches-hair-vitality-complex" rel="nofollow">http://truthinaging.com/hair/truth-in-aging-launches-hair-vitality-complex</a>

  • March 20, 2012

    by Agnes

    Hi, will it work for other causes, such as hormonal changes for the elders?
    My mum, in her mid 50s, faces hair loss, i am not sure of the exact cause but she coloured her hair frequently and is on medication for the heart. She used to have a thick mane in her younger days.

  • March 20, 2012

    by Andrew Kim

    Hi,

    Post pregnancy hair loss can also be credited to the abrupt cessation of birth control pills, if the new mother has been taking this prior to getting pregnant. This can create an echo of side effects after the pregnancy which can significantly alter hormone levels, resulting in hair loss.

    There is really no telling whether you are at risk for this or not. You need to comprehend this if you are actually suffering from it firsthand. But there is still something that you can do to make problem less worse than it really is.

    If your hair is falling in increased amounts, you can hide the damage by obtaining a new hairstyle.

    Thanks,

    Dr. Andrew Kim- of <a href="http://www.aihr.com.au/">Australian Institute of Hair Restoration</a> practice surgical hair restoration in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney Australia.

  • March 19, 2012

    by Bill - Hair Loss Learning Center

    Marta,

    Thanks for presenting this insightful article. Postpartum hair loss can occur due to hormonal changes after pregnancy. Thankfully however, this is typically only temporary unless some other underlying condition is causing hair loss to continue. While androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) is the primary cause of hair loss in men and women, women can experience hair loss due to a number of non-genetic factors as well. Thus, it's far better for women to undergo a full medical evaluation and scalp analysis by a hair restoration physician, dermatologist, or trichologist.

    Best wishes,

    Bill - Managing Publisher of the <a href="http://www.hairlosslearningcenter.org">Hair Loss</a> Learning Center and the <a href="http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve">hair loss forum</a>

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