Hormone imbalance

Tracey - posted on 08/31/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My hair grows much quicker on one side than the other. My hairdresser said that she sees this quite often, that it is a sign of hormone imbalance triggered by giving birth or approaching menopause, as my youngest is 11 it's not the first and as I'm too young for the second I wondered if anyone else has any information on this?

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Alison - posted on 08/31/2011

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I've always had super bushy eyebrows I have to pluck all the time and the nasty upper lip hair. However, after my second child and gaining so much weight, the problem is worse and the hair is growing on my chin area too. It's not attractive; I even started shaving my arms. Anyway, my doctor suspected Polycystic ovary syndrome and a blood test confirmed. The symptoms for me were irregular periods, slight insulin resistance, and increased facial hair growth (from an increase in testosterone), but they range a little and they are more pronounced with weight gain (I gained a lot of weight having kids--and with this condition it's harder to lose weight). It's a very common condition. If you end up with PCOS, it's treatable with weight loss sometimes (I don't know if you need this or not so it's not personal) or a medication like metformin or hormonal birth control.

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Katherine - posted on 08/31/2011

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You can also get your thyroid examined. My hair used to fall out in clumps. Also my eyebrows grow a lot more quicker on the right than on the left.
But I would make a doctor's appointment.

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