15: Does hair ever grow back after hair loss?

“Does hair ever grow back?” and “Do you have any good- news stories for hair loss?”

These are two questions I often get, so I had to reach out to Kim to see if she would share her story.

Kim was in my very first intake of The PCOS Protocol and is just that she’s repeated it again to give herself another 12 weeks to implement changes and learn more and more.

As one of the gals in the current protocol told me this week

“Knowledge is (will)power.”

When you know the rationale behind why you’re changing habits, you can stick with them, even when the results aren’t immediate.

This is why I love helping you learn on these podcasts.

Just another thing- after last week’s podcast, I had a question about Iron deficiency and hair loss. Iron deficiency can contribute to / cause hair loss, so as well as checking out your thyroid levels, also get your iron levels checked. If they are low, the best absorbed form of iron is red meat, or if you’re vegetarian lots of leafy greens (not so well absorbed form of iron) and cooking your food in a cast iron pan. Your food will absorb some iron from the pan, so everything you eat can contain some iron.

Some of the things we cover in this episode:

  • Kim’s hair loss and the devastating effect this had on her confidence and life.
  • Kim’s struggle with infertility and how this was also likely linked to the root cause of her hair loss, her insulin.
  • PCOS and Menopause: why your symptoms DO NOT get better after menopause (they can actually get worse due to more insulin resistance, and pleeeeease don’t get a hysterectomy hoping it will improve your symptoms, it doesn’t).
  • Metformin: Metformin can be a really effective drug for improving insulin sensitivity, but like all drugs, it doesn’t come without risks or side effects.
  • Topical treatments and shampoos– why you can waste a whole bunch of money on these, when instead you really need to focus on the ‘root cause’.
  • Similarly, supplements can be helpful, but they need to be targeted. You can end up wasting a huge amount of money on supplements that don’t have any effect because they are not targeting your root cause
  • I have included a supplement and topical treatment for hair loss in the download for you this week.
  • Why hair can take such a long time to grow back
  • There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to PCOS and healthy eating in general. Some advice from nutritionists is great for the majority of the population but not women with PCOS.

I really empathise with anyone struggling with hair loss, and it does take a long time to see changes. However, the next 12 months are going to pass anyway, so you might as well use them to be addressing your ‘root cause’ right?

If you missed it last week, I compiled a download of some evidence backed natural treatments and the full thyroid panel to rule this out as a cause for hair loss.

Download that here:

P.S If you’ve said to yourself while listening to the podcast, “hot damn, that program sounds exactly what I need!”, here’s all the info.

As a quick summary, it’s an 8-week module program that we deliver to you over 12 weeks to make sure that you have time to implement it all. We start by identifying what’s likely contributing to your PCOS i.e. ‘root cause’  then we give you the most important changes you can make to what you eat, and how you live to fix that ‘root cause’.

Any questions? Flick us an email at hello@thepcosnutritionist.com, we’re more than happy to help.