I am a 38 year old female who is experiencing rapid hair thinning and loss. I have been losing the hair since the summer noticeable. I had a saliva test which confirmed that I was producing high levels of cortisol, dhea, and testosterone. My progesterone level was lower and my estrogen level was normal. I am still having periods but they are more frequent and heavier. My blood test checked out ok for thyroid. I have a very high stress job as a teacher and took a leave for a few months to hopefully get this problem worked out. I am now taking progesterone, saw palmetto, adrenal vitamins, spiritelene, biotin, and other supplements to sleep as well as a low dose of zoloft and ambien. I am still having trouble sleeping and am still seeing a lot of hair fall. I am frustrated with trying different dandruff shampoos as I have dandruff. How much longer will I see hair loss? Is it from the meds or the shampoos? I am eating better and exercising and have only been on the hormones for a week and a half. How long until I see progress with my hair? Will I lose it all? The dermatologist told me I have Telogen Effluvium. I am frustrated and don't want to wash my hair every two days because when I wash it more falls out. Help.
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