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When a woman start’s experiencing hair loss, iron deficiency anaemia is usually the last thing that comes to mind as the reason for the hair loss.
Sometime in 2013 while massaging my scalp, I discovered a tiny bald spot in my crown. I had somehow missed this and had no idea how long it had been there. This was the time I was battling my bald spots around my edges and was starting to see some progress there. Of course I was prostrate with grief and wondered what I could possibly have done to cause it.
I didn’t wear overly tights buns and I went to bed with my hair parted and braided in two. I also didn’t blow dry or straighten. I knew I was doing everything right and eating right including exercise. After a process of elimination, I concluded something wasn’t working right inside me so I booked a doctor’s appointment. He ordered blood tests and when the results came back, it turned out I was anaemic. My immune system wasn’t up to speed and it was affecting my hair growth.
He prescribed iron pills over a period of 6 months and also advised me to up my intake of iron-rich foods. I began the treatment in earnest. I didn’t start seeing results until after about 2 months. It was very slow but eventually, the spot filled back in. It took a bit more work to get it to the same length as the rest of my hair though. I’ve documented the process in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide. Check out the comparison pics below:
Nowadays, I go in for blood tests every 6 months to make sure everything is functioning as it should. If my doctor feels I should take more iron, he prescribes enough for 3 – 6 months.
When Should You Consider Getting Blood Tests in Relation to Hair Loss?
- You’ve checked other things off your list like regular exercise, healthy hair care practices and stress but you’re still experiencing hair loss.
- Your periods are a little too heavy for comfort.
- You feel lethargic most of the time even when you’re rested.
- A healthy tongue is a healthy shade of pink. If your tongue looks grey and dull, something’s definitely off.
- Lack of a healthy appetite might also come into play here.
I experienced all of the above around the time I was diagnosed with anaemia. Iron intake isn’t a cure all for bald spots. However, it optimises your body’s ability to grow back healthy hair. Remember to also continue with massages with oils while taking the iron.
Do not take iron supplements if you do not have iron deficiency. Iron overload is dangerous. Iron deficiency is just one possible cause of hair loss. There is always a possibility it could be something else. It’s a good idea to get the blood tests done to eliminate this possibility before you investigate something else.
Always see a doctor before you start taking supplements that will have a bearing on your health.
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