Last year, I was chatting with a new stylist about my goals to revive my dull hair and speed up growth, which felt very stagnant. It came up that I’d recently had a fibroid (which has since been removed) that caused bleeding so heavy that I needed a blood transfusion. She noted that my dry, slow-to-grow strands could be connected to the blood loss, and that once I got it under control, I might see a change in my hair. I tapped a dermatologist and an OB-GYN to confirm, and it turns out she was totally right—there’s a big connection between heavy periods, hair loss, and slowed hair growth.
Heavy menstrual bleeding (defined by the Mayo Clinic as soaking through one or more pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours) can cause