Hair loss and hormones
I'm not going through menopause yet, most women in my family don't start until their late 40's and I'm not there yet, but in the past year my hair has been rapidly falling out and my monthly cycle has been erratic. The dermatologist says it isn't topical. The family doctor says it isn't thyroid and also tested my male hormones. Testosterone is normal, DHEA is high. The endo says I'm fine, but my hair keeps falling out and my cycle isn't back to normal. I'm convinced this is hormonal and dietary, but all the doctors keep saying it is just stress and will "hopefully" correct itself with time. In the meantime my stress level increases with every handful of hair falling out and every cycle that is too long or too short with cramps and spotting I haven't experienced since being a teenager. I'd like to have my estrogen and progesterone tested, but at this point my doctor isn't very willing to do what I want since he believes it is stress.
I've been reading the existing thread on hair loss and Rogaine, which is wonderfully informative; however, I'm still confused on one point. Is it the change in Estrogen or Progesterone that causes the hair loss? Meaning, if I have too much Estrogen and not enough Progesterone, it could be adding to the cause of my hair loss? Or the other way around?
Also, is it possible to have hair loss problems by using too much soy in your diet? If I remember correctly, soy can boost Estrogen? I use a LOT of soy in my diet, and maybe that is adding to the problem?
Thanks for listening and for any help.