Hypothyroidism and Hair Loss:
Like many women in their 50s, I have hypothyroidism. Essentially what that means is that my thyroid gland is unable to function correctly and produces less thyroid hormone than it should. That causes my metabolism to run slowly – without the right treatment I am often cold and achy and before it was diagnosed I was constantly tired. Now I just have regular check-ups at my GP to monitor my thyroid function – and I take a tablet every day to correct things.
Hypothyroidism can also cause hair to fall out or thin. One of the first signs of hypothyroidism is often ‘gappy’ eyebrows. Mine are OK now, but I can remember having a visible gap. I’ve always had thin, fine hair and always been worried that I might suffer from female baldness. So, finding clumps of hair in the bathtub really worried me for a while. And I still think I look as if I have a bit of a receding hairline, though it hasn’t got any worse for a while now. I take a multivitamin and minerals tablet with selenium to try and help.
My dad had a receding hairline from his mid-twenties and started to go bald in his late 20s – and I know I thought the same thing was happening to me. Female baldness DOES happen – and I really didn’t want to live the rest of my life wearing a wig.
While I was busy trawling the internet for a potential solution I came across one technique which I am sure would have made my Dad very happy had he been alive today to try it. An FUE hair transplant is a way to use your own hair follicles to solve baldness. Follicular Unit Extraction is a modern surgical method of hair restoration which takes hair follicles from parts of your head where you wouldn’t normally lose hair and uses those follicles to create natural hair growth in the areas which have gone bald. Someone like my dad who had a lot of hair on the sides and back of his head would have been a perfect candidate. And, he might have been able to stop wearing that hat!
As it happens once my hypothyroidism was diagnosed and the treatment was established, my hair stopped thinning…and I have no signs of a bald patch. But, I was still fascinated by how modern cosmetic medicine has evolved to treat even a condition which twenty years or so ago would have had no solution.
This post has been created in conjunction with The Harley Street Hair Clinic. All content is editorially given.