I did a 30 day round of drops starting Oct 22 and ended just prior to Thanksgiving. Now at Feb, 10 my hair is falling out at a depressing rate (and has been since a couple of weeks after I finished). I was just sitting here at the computer and felt a glob of hair fall down on my arm!! I touched my hair and many strands would come away with each stroke!! My sink is full in the bathroom after I brush my hair and my hairline is looking freakish. My hair stylist says she can see some baby regrowth but it is certainly not keeping up with the loss. I was on Thyroid medication when I started, so thats not it. Obviously some people, maybe even most, do not experience this side effect. I lost 12 lbs in my 30 day round and it is fairly easy to keep off. Since I know I'm one of those people who do experience this side effect, I won't do the drops again. And that is a shame because other than the hairloss thing I thought the diet was awesome. Felt good, no hunger, lost weight. Please, those of you posting here, do come back and tell us if you experience hair regrowth. Some of you say yes but most cannot yet report that. Good luck everyone!
Just thought I'd chime in. I was on Medi-weight-loss plan which also consisted of a 500 calorie diet. I've lost a ton of hair and it continues to fall out, but it is slowing down. I researched low carb diet and hair loss and found alot of information. Apparently, there are people lossing hair on Atkins, Medi Weight Loss, South Beach Diet, etc.
Bottom line, rapid weight loss with low carb ..... very low calorie diets are the cause of hair loss and not necessarily the HCG.
I stopped losing globs of hair in the shower this week. It has been 3 months and I have lost 50% of my hair. I still lose some while blow drying. I am taking a prenatal vitamin, Biotin, Complex B, and using Nioxin shampoo and Rogaine. My hairdressers says he sees regrowth but it is just starting.
I know how stressful it is when you hair is falling out so fast. I blew the diet and went back to stress eating and gained 8 punds. Now I am trying to lose the weight all over again. This diet is the only one that has worked for me. I would like to do another round but afraid to lose the rest of my hair.
HCG for one is a cause of hormonal changes, it increases Testosterone in both men and woman. In men, approximately 5% of testosterone undergoes 5Î±-reduction to form the more potent androgen, dihydrotestosterone. DHT has three times greater affinity for androgen receptors than testosterone and has 15-30 times greater affinity than adrenal androgens., and in the adult DHT acts as the primary androgen in the hair Dihydrotestosterone
It is mainly the alterations in the metabolism of androgen in the body that brings about hair loss. Androgen is the male hormone that plays a very important role in both hair loss and hair growth. This metabolism of androgen gets involved with an enzyme, the 5 alpha reductase which tends to combine with the male hormone, testosterone to give DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). This DHT is the natural metabolite of the human body that is the main reason for hair loss in both men and woman.
The most important structure of a hair follicle is the dermal papilla, which is responsible for hair growth.
The cell of this dermal papilla divides and differentiates to form a new hair follicle. As this dermal papilla lies in direct contact with blood capillaries of the skin, it is responsible for deriving nutrients for hair follicle growth. This dermal papilla has many receptors for androgens; where men have more androgenic receptors here than women.
It is very important for a person to have proper nutrition to maintain hair. So when DHT reaches the hair follicles and dermal papilla, it tends to prevent proteins, vitamins and minerals from providing the needed nourishment to sustain life in the hair of these follicles. With this, the hair follicles tend to reproduce at a slower rate and this in turn either shortens the growing phase of the hair follicles or lengthens its resting stage.
DHT is also responsible for shrinking hair follicle, with which the hair follicle gets smaller and finer. This is referred to as miniaturization with which the hair ultimately falls off. This is how DHT is responsible for about 95% of hair loss. The men or women who lose more hair are those who are genetically pre-disposed in producing more DHT than others.
In addition to all this, DHT tends to create a wax like substance around the hair roots and it is this accumulation of DHT in the hair follicles and roots that gives rise to male and female pattern hair loss.
There is a type of treatment that blocks the synthesis of DHT at molecular level to cure both male pattern and female pattern hair loss. This is done by using one of the many natural DHT blockers and drugs that are used for medical hair restoration.
One such product is the popular top secret studio hair care line and the evolution hair loss centers that are very good at not only growing hair, but stop hair loss in its tracks.
I started HGC in November and lost weight quickly but the holidays caught up with me so I gained some back by Christmas. To that end, I proceeded with Round 2 in February to try and take off what I didn't manage to the first round. I started noticing hair loss in January and wish I'd attributed it to HGC as I would've stopped my 2nd round immediately.
I'm terribly concerned reading all your posts that my hair loss is just a function of the 1st round, and I have to brace for double the amount of loss due to the effects of the 2nd round which I just finished it 2 weeks ago.
And as a matter of fact, my hair only used to come off only after shampooing (I've had to use draino to unclog my tub a couple of times already) but just this week, I started shedding hair rapidly. It's on my floor, on my dining table, on my desk, and on my laptop as I type this.
I was convinced I had a thyroid problem, but JUST got a perfectly normal result from my dr last week. Puzzled, I started researching online and came across this blog...
Thank you all for your posts. I'm incredibly anxious and alarmed and truly devastated. I have beautiful, thick hair. Now I feel I haven't lost that much weight, but am also rapidly losing my hair. At least back in November, I was a little overweight but had a mane of luscious hair.
Just a quick note to those thinking hair loss could be a function of rapid weight loss... I went to a nutritionist 3 years ago and lost 25lbs in 2 months on a healthy diet similar to HGC only that it was a 500 cal. No shots, shakes or pills. I didn't experience any side effects at all, and in fact my skin glowed, my hair was thick and luscious.
This is a blow and a horrible wake up call that there are no short cuts to anything. Would anyone please please let me know if your hair has grown back since, and how long did it take to reverse the effects of HGC?
This post sounds much like my experience. 4 years ago I tried a "healthy" diet in fact they don't even refer to it as a diet but rather learning to eat in a healthy manner. I lost 30 lbs in 12 weeks and NEVER experienced any hair loss. In March 2011, I decided I wanted a "quick fix" to lose weight and a "Doctor" prescribed the HCG injections to me. 6 weeks after finishing 1 round of HCG injections my hair began falling out and it hasn't stopped. I did not stick to the 600 calories a day and only lost 10 lbs on the HCG diet. Thus, I had greater weight loss in a shorter period of time in the past and NEVER experienced hair loss. Thus, I don't buy the "rapid weight loss" aspect of this as the reason for HCG and hair loss.
Here's the scary part- After 3 months of constant hair shedding I went to a Dermatologist and had a scalp biopsy performed. The results showed mild follicular miniaturization which could correlate with very early evolving androgentic alopecia. In other words I am likely suffering from genetic baldness. Of course there is some baldness amongst the MEN in my family. While some of the women in my family had thinning hair- they were in their 70's- NOT their 30's! Furthermore, their hair loss was a gradual process- IT DIDN'T HAPPEN in 3 MONTHS!
I have seen an Endochronologist and all of my blood work has come back normal. He fully believes my hair loss is due to the HCG and says it is a "COMMON SIDE EFFECT OF THIS DRUG". They don't tell you that when you sign on for this HCG crap! Even the Dermatologist that performed the biopsy said the timing of the hair loss and the HCG is "suspicious".
I am terrified that HCG has "kicked started" my androgentic alopecia, and I am experiencing permanent baldness much earlier than I would have without taking the HCG.
Losing 10 lbs on HCG certainly was NOT worth losing my hair in my mid 30's!!!!!!! The Doctors prescribing this drug should lose their licenses. HCG is NOT FDA approved for weight loss. If you value your hair-Stay Away From HCG!
Just like all of you, I was panicking because I had started to experience a significant amount of hair loss.
I did this diet back in June/July of 2010. I lost a total of 20 lbs in 27 days. I have more to lose, but I lost my willpower at that point and needed to get back to a more normal life style. I thought I would take a break for a few weeks, and start round two. Mind you the break was only 6 weeks before starting round two.
Unfortunately my memory is a little faulty at this point as to exact time frames, but towards the 3rd week of the break, I started notice some additional hair shedding, but it seemed to taper off after 2 weeks, then I started the drops back for the second round after the 6th week of a "break", and around day 5-7 of the drops, my hair started falling out again, so I quit the drops completely and stopped the diet and went into the tapering off part of the diet phase again. (Sorry I can't remember what they called it).
The hair loss continued for 5 months and finally stopped. I now have hair regrowing and it is still fairly thin. BUT, it won't be forever. I haven't done any other diet and have gained some weight back, about 8 of the 20 I lost. This is completely my fault for going back to sugar and a rather unhealthy way to eat.
Since this is a pregnancy hormone I was actully on the lookout for hair loss, because I did loose a LOT of hair after I had my daughter in 2007. I think that lasted only two to three months at that time though. The length of time it took for my hair to stop falling from this diet was very long and was what had me most concerned.
I know several other people that did this diet sucessfully and did not experience any hair loss, or any other adverse side effects.
I did find out later in an unrelated test, I had very low Iron reserves and an extremely low Vitamin D level. I would have to say that some of those things could have contributed to the hair loss, since low iron and low iron reserves can contribute to hair loss as pointed out by a Doctor here on this post. I also had low iron reserves at the time I was pregnant as well and also experienced hair loss then. Was it just the iron issues, or the hcG issue? We probably won't know for sure ever.
I followed this diet to the letter and did not take any vitamins. In hind sight I should have probably taken a pile of vitamins BEFORE starting the diet and making sure my reserves were at their maximum.
This diet did work for me when NO others have. I am very unhappy that I can't do it again, because I cannot risk additional hair loss. I am vain enough to want to keep my hair and hide the extra pounds I still have to lose.
I did feel great while on this diet, I didn't have to think about what I had to do and didn't have to focus on the food part like you do with so many other diets. (count this, add that, exchange this, none of that, etc.) My only other "side effect" was very low energy.
Hope this provides hope for some of you at the beginning of the hair loss stage. My hair is growing back and it finally did stop falling out.
I just got back from the Dr's office having had 2 months of dramatic hair loss (seems like 50%) I had added the diet to a cleanse that had very little fat consumption for 2 weeks prior to starting the drops. That coupled with 3 weeks of zero fat and only 500ish calories a day seems to have caused my body to experience malnutrition and most likely the cause of hair loss. I lost 25 lbs in 5 1/2 weeks and thought that was great. I believe that if I had ample storage of good fat prior to the diet, I would have had minimal or no hair loss. I am taking 2000 mg of Omega 3 twice a day. (freeze them so you won't burb fish) I am also taking Luminous - 2 pills twice a day for hair growth. I have just started so won't know if it works or not but will post back in 2 weeks as that was the time frame they thought my hair would stabolize.
If this fixes the hair part of the equation, I will try another round of the drops so long as I have added in the fish oil first!!! Keep your fingers crossed as this was by far the easiest diet I have ever attempted and wanted to complete another round. That should put me back to my wedding dress size. Maybe I will wear it in the soup isle!!
Well it has been a month and the hair has stopped falling out and I have had a ton of new growth. Not sure if I will do the diet again or not. I have put much of the weight back on. I also haven't eaten well but that was partly do to the direction of eating fat and getting it back into my system to help keep the hair healthier.
It has been six months since finishing 42 days of hcg.
After losing about 30% of my long hair... and getting a shorter cut, my hair IS GROWING BACK!!! I can feel all the little bristles!
I continue to lose weight by staying away from sugar, flour, fried foods & dairy.
HCG never again.
It has been six months since finishing 42 days of HCG.
After losing about 30% of my long hair... I got a shorter cut... now my hair IS GROWING BACK!!! I can feel all the little bristles!
I continue to lose weight by staying away from sugar, flour, fried foods & dairy.
HCG never again.
I too did the hCG diet, however I had already had experienced hair loss due to extremely low Ferritin levels. Levels so low that I required Iron Iv's several times a week. I took vitamens the entire time I was on the hCG diet and I lost 25 pounds doing the 40 day plan. I did notice more than usual hair loss, but have already noticed that it is declining and new growth starting. I added Evening Primrose Oil twice a day to my list of vitamens (Iron, calcium, folic acid, vitamin C, Magnesium, all the B-vitamens and extra B-12, Biotin, and L-lysine) From the research I had done due to hair loss before I had ever started the diet, I had discovered that L-lysine is extrememly important in hair growth. I think I will be doing the diet for a second round, but I may wait for a much longer time than the suggested 6 weeks to give my hair time to come back. AND I will definately be taking all my usual vitamins before, during and after the diet.
I am so glad I found this site. I have been off the drops since 4/13/11. As most have posted, hair loss did not really appear noticeable until about 1.5 months ago. I waited and did not do anything about it until yesterday, once again, just rinsing the shampoo out of my hair gave me handfuls that would not stop coming. So I thought about it and realized that I did have a lot of hair loss after childbirth 14 years ago and remembered that these drops have the hormone and put myself at ease. However, after reading this blog, freaked out again and made an appt. I did the HCG platinum through GNC. I did 2 rounds beginning Nov of 2010 and lost about 40 pounds. However, even though I weigh and measure everything, eat about 98% organic foods, and eat very little of any processed foods, have gained about 6 pounds back and upset about that. Called a naturopath who stated that the weight gain is normal because the diet as outlined online, through Simmeons, and over the counter HCG products does not take into consideration other needed nutrients. I want to do a quick short term round to get rid of the remaining weight but do not have the 458.00 she charges and don't want to lose more hair. My biggest fear is that my weight will slowly creep back up to where I was before.
For the record, I am not someone who eats twinkies on the couch watching exercise videos and complains about being overweight. Prior to HCG, which was recommended by my dr, I did P90x 2 times faithfully and to the letter, Slim in 6 2 times, Pilates, Hip Hop Abs, Rockin Body, did these programs 6 days a week without faltering, and stopped eating so much processed food. Despite this, could not lose any of the weight. This is truly a good plan. However, although I did a lot of research prior to doing this, the hair loss was never mentioned. I would recommend anyone who wants to do this plan to do so under the supervision of a naturopahic doctor to ensure that you are told ALL the side affects and have the additional support I feel is so needed and not avail online or in drug stores.
I am about to complete my 3rd round of HCG sub-lingual tablets. Two weeks into this round, my hair started to fall out - and I already have thin hair! It hasn't been because of rapid weight loss in my view because I've only lost 30 pounds total. I didn't follow the diet that strictly - it took me 3 rounds to lose 30 pounds and I always took a multivitamin. Is it the HCG? My hair also became completely lifeless! I've added Biotin to my supplement regimen and I read another post that said add 320 mg of Saw Palmetto twice a day. Unless the Minoxidil formula has been changed, you have to keep using it once you've started it to keep any new hair growth the Minoxidil has generated, from falling out. I am grateful for the weight loss and have learned a new way of eating. My outlook on nutrition has changed for the better and am optimistic my hair will grow back, but I will not use HCG again.
I know when I was pregnant, I did NOT lose any hair. If hcg was the culprit, pregnant women would all be bald. I don't believe for a moment it's the hcg that causes hair loss, but the rapid loss of weight shocking the system. Many bariatric patients who have surgery lose their hair as well. Someone just posted above that they lost their hair after doing Medifast. Why is that? After all, there's no hcg involved in these weight loss systems.
If you can lose weight w caloric restriction by eating less and moving more (maybe 2 lbs a week) than that is, no doubt, the best and healthiest way to lose weight. But I suspect most people's metabolisms are so messed up from yo-yo dieting, unbalanced hormones , thyroid and insulin issues, these problems end up preventing us from losing any weight the normal way using caloric restriction. That is precisely the reason why I turned to hcg because it seemed to be the only protocol that's worked at this juncture in my life. I got so tired of (skinny) idiots saying, "just eat less and move more." duh... I wonder why I didn't think of that...)
Look, I don't want to die from an obesity disorder. I didn't look good fat and I certainly didn't feel good when I was fat. I had all kinds of health issues. At this time I'm on my last round of hcg and 7 lbs away from my goal of 120. I can't begin to tell you how good I feel, not to mention how "great" I look... lol All my bio-markers and lipids are perfect, my energy is over the top and I'm no longer pushing diabetes. Needless to say, my doc is impressed. Am I losing hair? Yes... Does it bother me? Yes... Will it come back? I don't know... but the truth is, I'd rather have less hair than die from obesity.
After doing a lot of research online regarding hair loss, I too, am glad to have come across these posts. I read every entry and now I am convinced rapid weight loss is responsible for my massive hair loss. I am still shedding a lot, but am hopeful it is slowing down. Like several who have specifically mentioned it, I HAD very thick hair. I have lost about 50% of it.
Apparently it does not affect everyone who uses HCG and I could find only a few posts here and there, outside this one. It seems those of us who experienced hair loss after HCG have come here to this site--so it seems staggering. I wonder what percentage we make up of all HCG users? I followed the 40 day plan exactly as prescribed and lost 26 pounds by early July 2011.
In looking at the three stages of the hair growth cycle, I'm putting it all together. My theory is this: my body sent a huge number of hairs into the Catagen phase due to shock of insufficient protein/calories (hair is apparently expendable to the body). And because it takes two-four weeks for the hairs to enter the Telogen (shedding phase--which lasts two-four months), that is why most of us started to notice abnormal shedding when we did.
In essence, our bodies have a delayed response to an earlier traumatic event (i.e.: rapid weight loss). Luckily, I began taking prenatal vitamins just before my round was up. For me, that means I have over two months worth in me. It makes me hopeful that I will begin seeing increased hair growth any time due to the rise in nutrition levels back then.
Lastly, the texture of my hair is out of whack as well. My hair dresser just two days ago asked me to throw away everything I was using and buy high quality products. Further, I began taking Carlson's Very Finest Fish Oil (lemon flavor) for the Omega-3 benefits. I am treating what's left of my hair from both the inside and the outside, though I should have started much sooner. To give some confidence back, I recommend Rusk Thick. It is a spray on for wet hair that is heat activated (hair dryer with diffuser in my case), and it really works without weighing hair down.
To answer the begging question of whether our hair will grow back, my answer is "I really believe so." I am still going to the doctor for a blood test to rule out anything else. I even collected a week's worth of shed hair as evidence. This is very disheartening to do, by the way. What I can say is that there are already baby hairs at the front of my hair line and throughout my hair (though those are simply more difficult to find). I suspect I'll have a very long awkward period of short hairs sticking out at some point. I've already cut my hair to just above shoulder length, and I'm sure I'll be needing adjustments over the next two years or more. (My hair was to the small of my back just six months ago.)
With all of this said, I wonder if I would have continued with HCG had I known hair loss was a side effect. My guess is no. However, I'd be lying if I didn't also confess that I'm glad I didn't know. So far, even though I can see how thin my hair looks, I believe it must still look normal-ish to others. I cannot continue to lose hair at the rate I have been, or those wigs that I've been looking at will become a purchase.
I thought I'd give an update. With continued hair loss, I did end up buying a wig. After the initial, "will everyone be able to tell?" phase with restless nights sleeping (I am a middle school teacher), it's not only a time-saver, I have great-looking hair every day. Plus, I did it at the right time. Everyone just thought I went to the salon. Still, I want my own hair back. I did add biotin to my diet since my original post. I have a lot of noticeable one-two inch hairs growing all over my scalp. I had noticed some growth in my first post, but now it's really obvious. The most important point: it IS coming back. I just have to wait it out. In the meantime, I can try a few looks with wigs. It's pretty fun and the best way to make the most of a bad situation.
I am on r2p3d1. The last month I have lost 40% of my hair at least also all the body in it! I take biotin, biosil, MSM, prenatal, iron, fish oil, and a hair nail and skin vitamin. I have been taking all these for about a month now so far it has not helped at all. I also have been using nizoral shampoo. Has anyone ever had hair loss and it grown back??
I stopped taking HCG nearly 6 months ago and I am still experiencing severe daily hair loss. What do I do??? This is a nightmare. I am 22 years old and had a freakishly (and do I mean freakishly) thick head of hair before I ever did this diet.
This is diet has ruined my hair. I have less than a normal amount of hair now. I can see my scalp. Help.
Hair? Heck, I worry more about all the risks of morbid obesity and a shorter life span.
If you haven't read this whole forum, please see the post of GoodStew1 on Sep 3, 2011 and the post of NP68 on Jul 1, 2010. They are very good.
Don't panic. Your hair will eventually come back. As GoodStew1 states, we aren't seeing a bunch of bald pregnant women running around. If we did, I can guarantee the world's population count would be going down!
I'm losing a little hair but my protocol is 800 cals; not 500 so I'm losing weight a little slower. I'm on the drops and not hungry at all. When I started, I had almost 100 lbs. to lose so I will be with this for a while. I just throw it up in a loose pony tail with a large clip and go.
I for one would buy a wig if it gets that bad. I wanted one anyway before I started HCG. They're nice looking and convenient. Just treat your hair gently, never rub it with a towel, use a good shampoo and conditioner, use a wide tooth comb in the shower, take 5,000 mg Biotin, a good multiple vitamin, and some Lysine. I'm trying "Biotene H-24" by Mill Creek (get it at Whole Foods) and Rusk "Thick" which is a spray on before blow drying (get at a beauty supply). I'll let you know the results.
I personally feel this is the best diet for the obese as their insulin resistance keeps them from being successful on traditional diets. Insulin resistant people usually are carb sensitive. Spiking insulin causes fat storage which makes fat burning really, really difficult if not impossible which is why insulin resistance turns into diabetes eventually.
On another note, I notice some people are gaining their weight back when they come off a Round. Do not do this. Stay away from grains and sugar. Keep drinking your water. Weigh daily. Do not gain more than 2 lbs. If you go over, eat a big apple for breakfast and a big steak for dinner. That's it. Your weight will go back down the next day. You must stabilize and keep it there so your metabolic set point will "reset" and your body becomes comfortable at that weight until your next Round. Save your cheating for your first 2 load up days. Don't ya love those load up days!
I went to a MedSpa to do my HCG Diet. I used the injections for 12 weeks straight. The LPN told me to get a good multi Vitamin, she recomended Centrum for Women. I purchased a Centrum Multi Vitamin with Caltrate, but then she told me I couldn't use it because it contained sugar. I discontinued the use of that vitamin for about 3 weeks, but decided to go back on it on my own free will...wish I had just kept taking it... anyway, I've lost nearly 60 lbs in those 12 weeks. My last dose of HCG was end of August. My hair loss became very noticeable to me a week ago. I am sad about losing my hair, but I'm happy that I lost nearly 60 lbs. My BMI is under 25 and I physically feel great, but the hair loss has added some depression to my mental health. If you were to ask me now if I regret doing HCG diet/ low calorie diet I would say yes & no. No, I don't regret the fact that I've lost nearly 60lbs and have a healthy BMI, but I do regret the seious hair loss that I have suffered. Although, it is comforting to know that it will grow back...but the here and now part is hard for me to deal with...my hair was my security blanket.
I have been on HCG only two weeks and my hair is falling out like crazy. I am in my fifties and already had female pattern hair loss, like my mother before me. I can only hope it stops soon and leaves me a little hair! I could kick myself, but there was no information about hair loss available to me when I started the injections,and it was only after I googled HCG and hair loss specifically that any info came up!