I am a 26-year-old female with no family history of female hair loss. Most men in my family also have their hair except for my father who has had some hair loss (but isn't completely bald). I recently saw a dermatologist for hair loss that had been occurring for a few years. He looked at my scalp and told me, after listening to my hair loss history, that it seemed to be early onset female pattern hair loss. He told me to use Rogaine, come back in two weeks for testing to rule out other causes (although he as quite certain it was female pattern hair loss).
I came back for testing and he found that my ferritin levels were 12. He told me that your levels need to be between 50 and 70 to maintain healthy hair growth. He put me on iron supplements and kept me on the Rogaine. A few weeks later, I noticed hair regrowth. My hair loss accelerated during this time, but I also started noticing new hair growing in.
My hair loss situation seemed to be turning around. I visited the dermatologist again and he said he noticed some regrowth of what he called "good" hair (dark, pigmented). At that time (unbeknownst to me) I was two weeks pregnant. A week later I found out I was pregnant.
During this time my hair growth seemed to stay the same. For the last three weeks of my pregnancy (up to the 7th week when I lost the pregnancy) no hair fell out in the shower, while combing, styling, etc. Almost exactly a month to the date after losing the pregnancy my hair started to fall out "by the handfuls." At the exact same time, my scalp broke out in a rash, became itchy and flaky, my eyes got what seemed to be eczema around them (swelling, itching cracking, bumps, flaking around the red inflamed areas), and I got itchy patches on my skin. My lips also dried out and swelled up.
My dermatologist prescribed steroids and the rash went down, but the itchy scalp and flaking and hair loss are still going on - three weeks later.
I want to know if this is hormonal and stress-related (my job is requiring me to work 12-hour days and is a stressful PR position AND I work a job on the weekends because my PR job doesnt pay what I owe in student loans) - this on top of having to deal with becoming pregnant (unplanned) and then losing that pregnancy. I also want to know if, since the hair started to grow back, if that was only because I had become pregnant or if the fact that I had regrowth points to the fact that my hair follicles are not dead and are still capable of growing new, thick hair (meaning posibbly my hair loss is really not related to androgenic alopecia).
Any feedback on what is going on with my body would be GREATLY appreciated as my dermatologist is not entirely certain (and I don't blame him!).