Help me not be bald!
February 17, 2013 7:28 PM Subscribe
I am a fat woman and my hair is thinning dramatically. What can I do to stop becoming a bald fat woman?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (28 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
A bit over a month ago I started to notice that the hair at the front and on the top of my head is thinning, drastically. I have always had very fine hair and not very much of it, but I am beginning to see a lot more scalp through my hair at towards the front, and when I run my hands through my hair I can feel that there is much, much less hair than there was previously.
I am in my late thirties and have a BMI over fifty. My blood sugar is normal and I do not have diabetes. I have not, so far, had any significant health problems, but last year I menstruated only three times, and started to get a bit more hair on my face and chin (which I pluck). My doctor sent me for a pelvic untrasound last year, and it found nothing unusual.
I asked my doctor for a referral to a dietician last week, and although I didn't specifically ask him about my hair loss, I said I was obviously experiencing some hormonal issues and asked if there was something I could do to curb them. He said "Obesity can have an androgenic effect" (which I had figured out for myself). 'What about the pill, or mini pill?' I asked. 'I know that there can be concerns about clots if you're obese, but might that be an option for me?' 'No, the pill is contraindicated if you're obese,' he said, and that was pretty much the end of the conversation.
Is there something else I can do to stop going bald? I am looking for answers other then weight loss, which I am pursuing in any case. I am very motivated to lose weight at the moment—I have a gym membership, a dietician, lots of knowledge about weight loss, and a keen interest in my future health. I do not need advice at this time about losing weight.
My questions are:
1) Is there something I can do right now to stop losing my hair? Are there any medications or other solutions I should ask my GP about?
2) I had previously asked my doctor if I might have PCOS and he was not very interested in that line of inquiry (and the ultrasound later showed no cysts). Should I be asking him for a referral to an endocrinologist or gynocologist or something? He was empathetic, but pretty dismissive about my options.
3) If I do manage to lose weight successfully, will that successfully arrest my hair loss? Will it reverse it?
I am in the UK and go to an NHS clinic.
Thanks for your help.