Fertility treatment is stressful enough, so can you imagine how our reader felt when she started to lose her hair? In a panic she searched through forums to see if other women were experiencing the same hair loss issues. She then dropped us an email and asked us if this was a direct cause of IVF.
Dear IVF babble,
I have tragically just had my last cycle cancelled, and now, to add insult to injury, I am discovering a considerable amount of hair loss. At first, I put it all down to stress, but then I started to search the internet….and I stumbled across other women who have also started to experience hair loss following fertility treatment”
“I’ve got a bunch of baby hairs growing since finishing my retrieval rounds”
“Yes, my hair texture changed and also thinned out significantly after starting IVF 4 years ago.”
“Yes. I lost a lot of hair after doing IUIs and then again after IVF. It will grow back eventually.”
“Sadly, my IVF cycle was unsuccessful (April) but whilst on the 2ww I started to notice my eyelashes falling out. I assumed it was my hormones being all over the place but began to worry when it continued weeks later. I have seen the three GP’s and they couldn’t explain it as I wasn’t losing any other type of hair. Over the last two weeks, I have been losing hair whilst in the shower, 4 or more strands each time I touched my hair. (the bath is blocked with hair) It’s not so bad when my hair is dry also my eyelashes are worse than ever.”
“So, as you can imagine, I now have lots of questions. Please can you help me understand if this hair loss is/thinning is a result of my IVF treatment, and if so, what can I do to avoid any more hair falling out?!”