Hair on my chinny chin chin, but my head, not so much.
February 25, 2011 5:19 PM Subscribe
Why is my hair falling out? I stopped breastfeeding my 2 year old almost 6 months ago. Can it be related to that? I've noticed the hair loss for the past month or two. (I think it's all growing back as chin hair. Sigh.) Sorry, long details to come.
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I stopped breastfeeding my baby at the end of September, about a month and a half after her 2nd birthday. I already went through the expected hair loss that you get after you give birth. That stopped and I now have lots of short baby hair to prove it. Now, for the past couple of months, it seems to be starting over. Whenever I wash my hair, I have at least a big handful of hair in the drain and the brush. I'm starting to be able to see more of my scalp at my part. (I do have a LOT of curly hair to start with, so it's hard for other people to tell.) It seems a little late to be caused by quitting nursing, but that's the only thing I can think of that's a major recent change. I didn't notice this happening with my other kids, but they all stopped nursing a little past their first birthday, so maybe I didn't notice since it was much closer to the initial just-had-a-baby-hair loss.
I have also noticed recently that I do have more hair on my chin than I used to. This is a gradual change, so I really have no idea of the timeline. There's always been a bit, now it seems like there's a good bit more. Related? Normal because I'm getting older? Blame all of the above on being overweight? Or are the two related and both some kind of hormonal problem? The hair is coarse and black and mostly in a patch on the right side under my jaw, plus a bit on my chin and jawline. The rest of my hair is also dark, but not this dark. This is embarrassing, even anonymously, but I've noticed that I also have much thinner pubic hair than when I was young.
Many many details, in case they help, since this is anonymous. I am 39, 5' 4", 190 lbs. I don't really have any health problems other than very slightly high blood pressure (135/85 is about the worst it's ever been. I'm trying to control it with diet and exercise.) I had very heavy periods for a while, but so far a recent endometrial ablation has helped with that a lot.) I had a physical with blood tests last August and my thyroid and everything else were fine. I'd imagine all this can't be PCOS or something, because then I wouldn't have gotten pregnant 4 times so easily. I need to lose a lot of weight, obviously, but have been watching my diet and exercising more. I've lost almost 20 pounds in the last couple of years on and off a low carb diet + walking and some jogging but it's been hard and slow going. I do low-carb because I had gestational diabetes with all of my pregnancies and my doctor recommended that. My blood sugar is fine now, as far as I know. I used to lose weight much much faster whenever I would stop eating carbs. I guess it works better when you're 29! I don't take any medicine at all, except for a multi-vitamin sometimes when I remember.
Anyway, I think I need to go back to my doctor and tell her about all of this, but which doctor? Go to my regular primary care physician or go to my gynecologist? Or if doesn't seem related to breastfeeding should I go to an endocrinologist? I'm in the US, but have insurance. My insurance is crappy, though, so I thought I'd put this on askme to see which type of doctor I should go to first. I am rather horrified at the thought of explaining this to one doctor, much less several! I have been putting off calling the doctor and even asking this question because I keep deciding that this is all normal because I'm getting older and I'm being a hypochondriac.