I am a 40 year old woman. In the past two years, my menstrual cycle has become much heavier and longer. Since April of this past year, I have had several stressors, one after the other, that usually don’t occur this simultaneously(i.e my 4 yr old son had surgery, my house flooded, and my husband was going thru some real medical issues). In July-Aug (within a 2 week timeframe), I lost a large amount of hair from the top middle-left side of my scalp. I just had a full CBC and hormone level count done and my iron was just a line below normal. I am now on an iron therapy. My doc thinks it could be iron deficiency coupled with a lot of unusual stress. Does this sound familiar to you?
Yes, it does sound familiar. Stress can certainly cause hair loss and getting this stress under control will generally result in the hair growing back within a year, though this is not a guarantee. Adding this stress to a pre-existing iron deficiency does sound like a recipe for hair loss in a woman.