My wife has been losing handfuls of hair for about the last year, pretty consistently on a daily basis. About 18 months ago, she stopped using birth control, and we thought that might be the cause. However, now a year later, we don’t know what’s happening. My wife has very dark brown, thick hair, but it has thinned significantly. Some seems to be growing back, but not at the same rate she’s losing hair.
At first, I thought it might be a form of Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss based on what I read about it.
She’s been to a few general practitioners, gynocologist and dermatoligist. None of them have really offered any help. Based on this brief description, a) what do you think the issue could possibly be, b) what kind of doctor should we be looking for that can actually give some answers, c) are there any nutritional steps we can take that would make a difference?
I would want to have her hair mapped for miniaturization, because this might tell us if she has genetic hair loss that was precipitated by the birth control pills. Before recommending what to do, I would want to know what her hair looks like in every part of her scalp. Some doctors in the field of hair transplantation will map out her scalp, so look to the ISHRS.org‘s physician search and call some local doctors to ask if they do hair mapping.