Telogen effluvium (TE) and female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is hair loss that often occurs in young women. In fact, it occurs in up to 30% of women, often with devastating psychological consequences. Treatment options to stop progression and stimulate hair regrowth include several medications, but hair transplantation needs to be considered in more advanced cases.
Recently, Doctor H. Rasheed, working under senior author E. Hamdy of Cairo University have looked if vitamin D might play a role or have an association with this condition.
The authors found that women with hair loss had much lower vitamin D levels than did normal controls. Serum vitamin D levels in females with TE were only 11 ng/ml and those with FPHL were only 12 ng/ml (p < 0.001). Furthermore, the vitamin D levels decreased with increasing hair loss and with disease severity.
While it is too early to comment if there is any prevention or treatment effect with vitamin D in TE and FPHL, this study certainly gives reason to screen for vitamin D deficiency in women with hair loss. There is no harm in treating deficiency and it is advised that everyone is sufficient for a host of reasons.
Could it help with TE and FPHL? I’m curious to hear your anecdotal reports. Have any female readers noticed more hair growth with adequate vitamin D supplementation?