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Bella
Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 - 08:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Has anyone experienced a loss of hair due to being ON the birth control pill? I've read articles about how women experience some loss due to getting off the pill but I've been on it for several years and just recently noticed a thinning of my hair. The doctor suspects it's due to the pill I was on, Estrostep FE, and has changed my prescription to Orth Tricyclen. However, I'm worried because I've also read several articles or testaments about people experiencing hair loss while on Ortho Tricyclen. I'm at a lost as to what I should do and whether the hair will grow back. Unfortunately my doctor hasn't been very comforting or informative. If anyone has experienced similiar problems, please let me know. Thanks!!!
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2003 - 08:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Bella:

Women often experience telogen effluvium (TE) after going on or off BCP. This is because of the fluctuations in hormone levels caused by going on or off. You've been ON for several years and have recently seen thinning. This would be an unusual trigger for TE.

I hope you can find a good dermatologist to help you with your problem before it gets worse. But before going to a dermatologist it might be wise to read about female hair loss in general and TE specifically so that you can ask the dermatologist pertinant questions. Dermatologists seem to have more respect for patients and give them better treatment if they are knowledgeable.

Try www.keratin.com for some clear information on all aspects of female hair loss.
 

bella
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2003 - 04:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Tom,
Thanks for your response! I found the site you referenced very helpful. I should have been more specific with my problem... I was actually on Ortho Tricyclen for over four years when I began experiencing other side effects. My doctor switched me to the pill Estrostep FE and although it's been almost an exact year since I started it, I've noticed more of the thinning in my hair these past few months. Do you think it's possible that the hair loss is due to the switching of the pills? Since I noticed the thinning and elongated part on the back of my head, I've stopped using the pill (2 weeks ago.) I'm not sure if I should start back on Ortho Tricyclen next month because I've read about so many women experiencing hair loss while on it. Because my grandma has significant hair loss, should I consider it to be hereditary? She's now 76. My mom is stating to show a little thinness by her part as well... but I consider my hair loss to be greater than hers. I made an appointment to see a dermatologist who specializes in female hair loss but that's not until the end of May. What should I do for the time being? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you!
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2003 - 09:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Bella:

"...the end of May" probably seems like forever when your hair is getting thinner. I can't give you any specific suggestions about Ortho Tricyclen. But the word has such a melodic sound. I'm almost tempted to take it myself.

If you've read about so many women experiencing hair loss while on this drug, your choice of what to do seems obvious.

I'm glad you found Kevin's site helpful. He's a knowledgeable guy.
 

Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I have been having the same hair loss problem for about 2 years now. I have tried almost everything and now my doctor says to try going off the pill. I really hope this works. Any advice? I have been on the pill for about 9 years.
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 07:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Anonymous:

It's usually changes in hormone levels that trigger the temporary form of hair loss called telogen effluvium. Dermatogists estimate that about 10 percent of women going on or coming off BCPs experience some hair loss. Changing hormone levels and hair loss is an extremely complicated set of dynamics. I don't think you should depend on advice from Internet gurus for this problem.
 

Nicole
Posted on Monday, April 26, 2004 - 11:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I too have been loosing a TON of hair over time. For about the last 10 years, I've lost probably 2/3 of the thickness. Many hairs are just limp, a sign that they're next to go. I never tagged it to birth control, but that's about how long I've been on it, (Ortho Tricycline the last 2 years or maybe more and others before that). If I go off, can the hair loss reverse? I hate this! I'm 41 and wonder where I'll be at 51!
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 - 01:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Nicole:

Usually what causes the form of hair loss called telogen effluvium is coming off or going on BCPs or changing them. Staying on the same pill for a long time (unless it's the wrong pill for you) doesn't produce the kind of hair loss you're experiencing. In other words, it's the change in the hormone environment that has a negative effect on hair. Women who give birth often have that same radical change of hormone environment that causes hair loss.
 

Melissa
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 09:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi Bella and everyone else,
I too have experienced hair loss which my Naturopathic Doctor and I believe is a combination of my high mercury level, my low zinc level and my birth control pills (marvelon). I stopped taking marvelon last week (as it was the end of my cycle). I am not going back on the pill!

Has anyone experienced hair regrowth once off the pill? If so, how long before you noticed new hair growth and how long did it take before you noticed a real difference? I realize every woman is different but I would like an estimate. (I really hope it's not a year!).
 

Nicole
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 09:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi Melissa,

I wondered the same thing as you and had read that sometimes the damage is irreversible as far as hair growing back. I wouldn't doubt that in my case it would be, as i've been on the pill for so many years.----I don't know how old you are, but with me being 41, I am afraid of having the worry of pregnancy for the next 15 years or so until menopause, if I go off of the pill, (thinking of that next month.) Hubby doesn't want the operation. What have you thought on that issue?
 

Melissa
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi it's Melissa,

I got off the pill and have been off for 2 months now. I haven't noticed a difference yet. My Natropath Dr. did a hair analysis test on me. She sent my hair into a lab to be tested for mineral loss and toxins in my body. It clearly stated that I was high in mercury (which causes hair loss) and that my calcium and magnesium was low. I was diagnosed as Lactose Intollerant a year ago and decreased my intake of milk, cheese and other milk products then. I will keep you posted on my news. my Dr. says that it will take about 6 months to see my hair grow back. The end of the 6 months is November.

Nicole to answer your question, I am 28. After getting off the pill my body bounced back quickly in terms of hormones. I got my period when I was supposed to since then...ie. two menstural cycles.

Keep me posted on how you are doing! It helps!

 

Anonymous
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 03:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I have been on ortho tricyclen-lo for 8 years now. Recently I have been experiencing problems with my gums as a result of the bc, a condition that is being dubbed "hormonal gingivitis." I decided to go off of bc to improve my gum irritations. It has worked perfectly; however, my hair has started falling out. I have been off the bc for almost 2 months. My period returned to normal almost immediately and I feel fine. I am wondering whether I should go back on the bc to improve hair. It's horrible that I have to choose between the two, good hair or good gums.

Is anyone else considering going back on the pill after only being off for a short period of time? Is this a wise decision or could it have negative results that are greater than waiting for 6-9 months to have my hair return to "normal?"
 

guest
Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - 06:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I would stay offof it and wait for your hair loss/regrowth to work itself out.

Just MHO
 

Anonymous
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 08:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

i have beem on Nordette 28 for about 3 years now and over the past 6-8 months have noticed significant thinning at the top of my head. so much so that i have to wear my part on the side because i can almost count the hairs!
Another side affect im experiencing and its only been happening afew months is really blurred long distance vision. I have had a blood test and waiting for the results to come back. But im sure that its from the pill...i mean, what else could it be!? and to top it off..im only 21..can you imagine...a bald 21 year old..im freaking out!
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Anonymous:

There is usually no hair loss associated with the continued use of BCPs. About 10 percent of women changing BCPs or stopping or starting BCPs have some temporary hair loss. This is because of the hormonal changes in the body.

Do you take an antidepressant? Two of the symptoms of antidepressants are hair loss and blurred vision.
 

Laura
Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 10:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I'm 23 and I have had thin hair for as long as i can remember. But since I started on the pill it steadily got thinner. I went to a dermatologist and he told me i had androgenic alopecia, which is basically female pattern baldness. Since absolutely NO ONE in my family is remotely bald (even the men) it's hard for me to believe this diagnosis. Since then I've quit the pill! I've been off for over a month and still haven't got my period. My hair has started falling out even more. So I definately think the hair loss is the result of a hormonal imbalance, and not just because i'm genetically predisposed to it. My biggest beef with this whole situation is that the doctor barely talked to me for 5 minutes before giving me the news that I was going bald and there was nothing I could do about it. Why is it so hard to find a good doctor these days? When a doctor tells a 23 year old that she's going bald, and doesn't empathize at all, I think there's a problem.
 

Anonymous
Posted on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 02:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Orthodox medicine itself is the problem...
 

Christina
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Im 29 and for about the last 4 months have been steadlily losing my hair. The only thing I can think of is that I changed my BCP to Seasonale which means I only have my periods 4 x a year. I did this b/c of the migraines I experience during my periods. Could this change in BTC create that significant amount of hairloss? I can see my scalp!

Help
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 08:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Christina:

About ten percent of women experience varying degrees of telogen effluvium when they start, stop, or change birth control pills. This temporary form of hair loss occurs because of the alteration in hormone levels. Once the body adapts to the alteration, the telogen effluvium usually resolves itself. Good diet can speed up this resolution. Be sure to get enough iron (lean meat or supplements) in order to keep your serum ferritin level up to 70 ng/ml or higher.
 

christina
Posted on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 03:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Christina again,

The only other thing I think it could be besides my BCP would be I recently was prescribed ACIPHEX and Reglan. Could Aciphex cause hair loss? I have also changed my BCP back to Ortho cyclen which is what I was on before - with no hair loss.

Please let me know what you think.

Thank you so much.
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 08:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Christina:

What's causing your gastrointestinal problems? Are you going to be on AcipHez and Reglan for a long time? These drugs not only have an effect on the bad bacteria (H.pylori), they have an effect on the good bacteria too. Hair loss is not one of the listed side effects of these drugs, but, as I'm sure you suspect, it's better to be drug-free if you can.
 

Christina
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 02:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Tom,

Thank you for responding. No one really knows what caused the gastrointestinal problems - they say stress. I have actually had major problems with this for the last few months as well (many hospital visits). I read that Aciphex has a side effect of hair loss. I am weaning myself off of it and trying to not stress out an eat better, etc.

Ive already started taking orthocyclen again to see if that will help the hair loss cease.

In your opinion how long does it take for the old birth control to get out of your system? I dont want to exasperate the hair loss by switching BCP's but I can't afford to lose any more hair.

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. I actually just made an appt. to see a derm next Tuesday.

Thanks~

Christina
 

Helen
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 12:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi. I am from Estonia and my name is Helen. Finally I found some information about hair loss, because in Estonian language there just aren't any. Also I'm sorry if I'm writing wrong.
I am 20 years old and also have hair loss because of bcp. I have been off them about 1,5 months but there isn't any change about my hair. I really would like to know, how long you were off the pill before your hair loss subsidied... (i have been losing my hair 6 months and thats how long i have been using bcp's)

Thank You
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 09:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Christina:

I don't think it's a matter of the BCP's chemicals being totally eliminated from the body. The hormonal changes triggered by the BCPs possibly have already had an impact on your hair follicles, sending many of them into the resting (telogen) stage. Even after the trigger or triggers have been removed, it takes time for the follicles to get back into their normal cycle. I can take over a year.
 

Kris
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 02:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi I am also having the same problem and my doc told me the same thing that Tom told to Christina that it can take over a year for the follicles to get back into their normal cycle. I do not even care about the regrowth right now I just would like to see my hair not falling out in clumps...
 

Lisa
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 05:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi i'm also having the same problem, i think. I noticed after I started BCP that my hair was thining at the top of my head towards the front. I also started getting flaky skin. Not dry, but a light thin flaking. I went to the doctors and he prescribed me with drops to put in my hair to get rid of the flaking but they never made it any better. This has been going on for nearly 7 months now, does anyone have any idea what it could be? or how to cure it? Could I have caught this from sharing hats or pillows?
All the answers would be very helpful, thanks.
 

Kris
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 12:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Lisa

You have been on BCP for 7 months and it's about the same time when you have had hair loss? If so then I think that is due bcp. I had/have the same problem. I was taking bcp for 7 months and about 1,5 when I started my hair was falling out... now it's my 1,5 month without the pill, the situation isn't any better yet but many women have told that after stopping hair loss may persist for about 3-4 months and then it stops and few months...you will see regrowth! Ofcourse I am not a specialist but this is my situation

Good Luck!
 

Melissa
Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 09:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hello Ladies, I wrote on this message board back in March and June. I'm 29 years old and here is my whole story, I hope it helps someone out there.

I started to notice that my hair was drastically falling out in September 2003, but did not know what was possible or why it was falling out. Everyone I asked told me there was nothing I could do about it. Well my hair meant too much to me and I wasn't about to take no for an answer.

In March of 2004 I started to see a Naturalpath and we found that my Calcium/Magnesium was low (I'm midly lactose intollerant) and we did a hair analysis and found that my mercury levels were REALLY high. Mercury, found in fish, causes hair loss.

She also told me that the BCPs are probably part of the problem too. So I got off the pill May 1st. At first I also found that my hair fell out more.

In August I told a group of friends about how I was stressed about my hair loss and as they say the answer is in community. My dear friend had told me that one of her friends was once completely bald. This friend, a woman, used Triaxon and took 2 capsules of Folic Acid a day. This woman has a full head of hair!

I have been using Triaxon since Sept 15 2004, that is 78 days so far.

A week later I was at my dermatologists, she finally told me what was causing my hair loss; I have androgenetic alogpecia. (I also had to ask her what was my condition, she wasn't about to tell me and she too tried to rush me out of the Dr's office.) Androgenetic Alopecia means that my body creates higher levels of man testosterone called Androgens. She reccommended that I start taking Diane-35 (birth control) which reverses the hormones. (http://www.diane35.com/html/what_is_special_about_diane-35/) I have been on Diane 35 since October 1st (that's 2 months now).

I found that for the first month of using Triaxon I was still losing hair at the usual rate. To paint a picture, when I would run my fingers through my hair I would end up with about 10 hairs in my hand. Since the end of the first month I can now run my fingers through my hair and only have 0-2 hairs left on my hand! Triaxon does claim that you will lose hair while using the product during the first month and then it would strengthen what you do have. And it did just that.

(Triaxon is available on The Shopping Channel in Canada and the US. Here is the Canadian link to the product: http://www.theshoppingchannel.com/product_detail.asp?departmentId=1569&itemId=26 8366&Nz=0 )

Also since then, I have received compliments and encouragement from friends, family and my Dr. about my hair growth. I have been told there are no "patches" of hair loss.

I reccomend triaxon to anyone who wants to maintain what hair they have or wants to regrow their lost hair.

Ladies we should not be bald at 21, 29, 45 or 60!


 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 09:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Just an added bit of information about Triaxon if anyone is interested - FDA report.
 

Jenifer
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 10:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Congrats on your success with this product, Melissa! :-)

Just wondering--are there any side effects?
 

Anonymous
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 04:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi girls: I am 43 and have been on one brand or another of the pill most of the time since I was 15 years old because of moderate to severe menstrual cramps and endomitriosis. Once in a while I would try to quit, but would soon have to go back on. Prograssively thinning hair was something I never connected to the Pill until recent years, or if I did, the MD would say it was not possible.
Over the years the endomitriosis cleared up with dietary changes mostly, I believe, and I had a tubal at age 38 but I still haven't been able to quit the pill without problems, because I get nasty acne when I try now.
So here is the real question. I tried again to quit because I connected my "regular " headaches to my Yasmin pills and now I have acne all over the place. I have been looking at Diane - 35 on the internet but I wonder about it's potential for the headaches and about it's risks for blood clots??? Is anyone really getting hair back after years of loss? I know acne is clearing up.
Oh, the ortho tri-cyclen gives me headaches too. I wonder now if they all will?? Have I had my lifetime alottment?
Louise
 

Louise Schwendeman
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 09:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi:
Does anybody actually read this site and answer questions? I am wondering if anybody in the US has had any luck with getting your MD to prescribe Diane-35 or at least approve of it's use????
I am about to go in for a complete hormone testing thing in a couple of weeks and wondered about mentioning this as a possible treatment for my acne, hair loss and misc other signs of too much male hormones floating around my system.
Thanks for looking at this.
Laschwen
 

Anonymous
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 06:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I was on Ortho TriCyclen and it triggered my hair loss! My recommendation - stay away from it unless your doctor is extremely qualified and knows your biology very well. I know 4 other women who had negative reactions to it.
 

Anonymous
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 12:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I have been using Estrostep for approximately 5 months. I had taken Ortho-Cyclen for several years, but have been off the pill until recently because I had four children. Over the last 4 months, I have noticed a significant amount of hair loss. I finally went to see a dermatologist a month ago. She said I have androgenetic alopecia. I am 38 years old and am wondering if anyone else has had this happen from using Estrostep. Thanks!
 

Nicki
Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2005 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I just switched to Estrostep Fe 3 1/2 months ago. Recently, my hair has become incredibly oily. I don't mean when it hasn't been washed, either. I wash it, condition only the ends, and as soon as I blow dry it, it looks like it hasn't been washed in five days! I normally have fairly dry hair, I've never had a problem with greasy hair. Has anyone else had this problem? I am afraid it is leading up to hair loss and wonder if I should stop taking the pill. I'm only 25 and already have thin hair - I don't want to lose anymore! I also have had more skin problems than in the past. I was taking Alesse, which I thought was great, but my doctor switched me. (I'm not even sure why) Does anyone have any advice or similar situations??
 

Chrissy
Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 10:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

It's good to know I'm not the only one out there going bald! I was reading these, and a LOT of the same things are happening to me....I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen for 2 years, switched to Seasonale so I wouldn't have a period all the time. The opposite happened and I had a 5 week long period. As soon as I quit taking the Seasonale, I quit bleeding. But soon after, my hair was coming out in handfulls (I got so freaked out I counted over 300 in the shower). How long will this take to re-grow? I am VERY impatient! maybe I need to be looking at a website for wigs. Not funny, really! Chrissy
 

Andria
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 02:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi everyone. well I'm 23 and too have had the same experience with the pill and hair loss. I was on Diane for 4 years and when I came off it I lost nearly all my hair within the period of two months. I went to a dermatologist who quickly put me back on it together with Androgen, vitamins and a hair spray. My hair started getting better and slowly I moved to a lighter pill (I think it was marvelon) and came off the Androgen. Then I was moved to Gracial. Now I have completely stopped (it's been nearly two years of all this treatment) and I find my hair thinning again.
I supposed to be getting married next months and wanted to stop because we want a baby, but I don't want to be bald. I'm still taking my vitamins and am thinking of starting up my hair spray again (Regain) - that did a lot of good. Is there something extra I can do? I don't want to be a bald bride or mum. Any advice is welcome!!
 

Anonymous
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 03:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Tom, you seem knowledgable about telegen effluvium. I experienced the postpartum TE about 3 months after giving birth and it took about a year before the hair stopped falling out, though the hair loss gradually lessened starting about 9 months postpartum. I took the depo shot about 10 months postpartum and about 3 months after the shot was due (it was due I think in december, so about march) I didn't get another shot, rather I switched back to oral birth control and the hair started falling out again. Will this resolve? THanks,
also, I am on 10 mg daily of paxil.
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 07:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Anonymous:

You want to know - "Will this resolve?" If it is postpartum TE it most likely will resolve but no one can give you a firm time frame although six months seems to be a good guess.

"I am on 10 mg daily of paxil." Is it really necessary to take this drug? This SSRI increases the activity of serotonin in the brain which might improve your mood temporarily. But there is the potential for multiple side effects.

A friend of mine started taking Paxil after her boyfriend left her. She says she feels great on Paxil but to her friends she seems to be exhibiting all the personality eccentricities one sees on the warnings - "Paxil may cause some people to be agitated, irritable or display other abnormal behaviors."
 

Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 08:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I'm so glad to have found this site. I've been frustrated with my hair loss on Ortho Tricyclen and am more frustrated with the lack of response and knowledge of this issue by my OB. I experienced hair loss about 3 months post-partum with both of my boys. It did grow back (very slowly!). However, recently on Ortho-Tricyclen I'm experiencing a similar type of loss and it doesn't seem to be stopping. I've been on this same BCP for about 9 years prior to having children and never experienced a problem. My OB checked my thyroid level and since that was normal has dismissed any relation to my BCP and referred me to a dermatologist. I was confused by this until I read the messages on this site. I will continue to research and appreciate everyone sharing their experiences!!!! I've learned that with certain "women issues" we have to be our own advocates and educate ourselves as much as possible in order to receive the proper care. I guess the same is true for any health issue in this day of doctors being forced to see an inordinate amount of patients in short time, but that's another issue! Thanks again!!
 

Renee Green
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 08:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Has anyone had problems with Ortho Evra? I've lost 60% of my hair in the last two years and it has not grown back. I was only on the patch for 2 weeks but apparently that's all it takes. When I asked my gyno, she said she'd never heard of anyone having significant hair loss with this product. After reading through some forums, I find that hard to swallow. If anyone has had significant hair loss with Ortho evra, has it grown back at all? I'm really starting to feel that mine never will.
 

Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 01:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I am on Mircette and have been for approx. 6 years. After going on the pill I noticed alot of hair loss. I figured it would adjust itself & until the last year or so thought it had. I have lost & not grown back at least 1/3 of my hair if not more. My OB also claims that BCP DO NOT cause hair loss although the leaflette in the pills claims that scalp hair loss could be a side effect. I was put on BCP to treat Endometriosus & am not wanting to go off of them as I feel much better on them but I also do not want to be bald in a short time either. I am 42 years old & am not finding anything so far to help. I mean if you can't get info from you MD then who? Doctors are terrible these days but that is a whole different topic! Will this reverse by going off the pill? What in the pill causes this loss?
 

bj
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 12:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

After my 2nd child was born, I was not on any form of birth control for 2 years and 4 months. I then tried the patch (recommended by my OBGYN). The first thing I noticed was that my hair loss at least 50% of it's volume. I'm an African-American... and I am well known for my LONG, THICK, naturally wavy beautiful hair. To have this happen was devastating to me. After just 2 or 3 months of this patch, I stopped.. cold turkey. It is now 4 months later and my hair is coming out in CLUMPS every time I touch it. It is thinned out and is just so brittle/fragile. For the longest time I didn't know what to attribute it to. THen I realized it HAD TO BE THE PATCH. It couldn't be anything else. But I keep wondering, WHEN WILL IT ALL END? You are not alone in your dilemma. I'm thinking about writing the manufacturers and tell them to list it as a PROVEN side effect to warn other women who took as much pride in their hair as I did.
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 08:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

bj:

When you go to a public library next time, check out Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me, 3rd edition by Paula Begoun. Chapter eight - "For Women Of Color" - is excellent. You might find some helpful ideas in these 12 pages.
 

Karla
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hello, I have been dealing with thinning hair accompanied by oily skin and acne for the past couple years. When I first noticed it I was panicked, so I went to my gynecologist and he tested my hormone levels. He told me they were normal. He prescribed Spironalactone 100 mg. and Microgestin Fe. I saw an improvement within months. The oily skin cleared and acne cleared up. I did not see regrowth of hair but the loss of hair stopped. The problem I have is the intense PMS (cravings, mood swings) I suffered while on the BCP has forced me to quit. I am still taking the Spironalactone but stopped the Microgestin Fe 5 months ago. The acne and oily skin has not returned but I fear that my hair looks thinner. I have been given a prescription for Ortho Lo and am afraid to fill it but will if it will make a difference in thinning hair. Since birth control is not an issue and the pill is strictly cosmetic for me I have been looking for information that supports the necessity of my taking it. As of yet I have found none. If anyone has any experience with the medications I am referring to I would appreciate hearing about it.
 

Ashley84
Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 02:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I was just doing a google search on hair loss and birth control and I found this forum. I am only 21 and have been losing hair at a rapid rate (WAY more than 100 strands a day). My hair used to be almost TOO thick and now it is very thin in the front (i can see my scalp) as well as thinner throughout. I have been using ortho-tri for nearly 3 years, with a short break at 1.5 years. I tried to go off, but my cramping and irregularity were so severe I went back on. I have asked my primary about my hair loss and he recommended Rogaine, which I used for awhile but it caused my scalp to flake and itch. I went to a dermatologist who never mentioned ANYTHING about the pill possibly causing hair loss. She did bloodwork and like my primary, recommended Rogaine. I felt very defeated. I am afraid to go off the pill because I hear it may cause even more hair loss, but I really don't want to be on it anymore. I just wanna do things naturally. Has anyone heard of any supplements that have helped slow hair loss? I am so frustrated with this hair loss; I feel so self-concious about it and am looking for answers. Although I hate to see that many women are also experiencing similar symptoms, it is comforting to know that I am not the only one.
 

Ashley84
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I forgot to ask as well...
do you think that if I went off the pill, the hair loss would increase but then eventually taper off? i know each individual is different, but I am curious as to see who has gone off the pill successfully without much more hair loss. hope i am making sense; I am just very nervous about losing even more hair.
 

laura
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I've been on and off the pill since I was 16 (I'm 38 now). I quit using it 3 months ago for various reasons and noticed thinning hair in my crown area. I thought it may have something to do with prednisone steriods I was prescribed due to an allergic reaction I had about the same time I quit the pill. I was told by a co-worker that Biotin helped her with her thinning hair problem. Has anyone else heard that?
 

Tom Hagerty
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Laura:

There are rumors that biotin supplements may help people with hair loss problems. These rumors are based on the observation that some animals whose feed lacked biotin grew better coats when their feed was supplemented with this nutrient. I've seen no convincing scientific evidence that biotin helps human beings with hair loss.

Taking too much of one member of the B-complex (biotin is a member of the B-complex) can throw off the balance of the entire complex. My opinion is that taking the whole B-complex, preferably from a natural source like brewer's yeast, is important for healthy hair.

Prednisone has many side effects. I don't know if hair loss is one of them. I would suggest reading about this drug in articles listed in Google.
 

Ritchie
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Laura,

http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/pred_ad.htm
 

Tom Hagerty
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Ritchie:

That's a great link listing the potential side effects of Prednisone. A friend of mine who was on the drug had a spontaneous rupturing of his Achilles tendons.
 

Ritchie
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Yessir,

I've found this site www.rxlist.com pretty good at listing side effects.
 

Lynn
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Hi,
I am a 25 year old woman who has been losing hair for the last couple years. I have been on and off of Tri-Cyclen a couple times over these last 2 years. I recently found out that i have a ferratin level of 19, which apparently is pretty bad. I now take iron supplements each day and eat plenty of red meant. I went to see a dermatologist, and about a minute after i entered his office he told me that i have androgenetic alopecia, since I lost alot more hair on top of my head in the front. All he asked me is if i was currently on the pill and i said i was on Tri-Cyclen. He then gave me a prescription for Diane 35, which i have been taking for one month now. My hair shedding has not stopped at all. After reading this board, i'm not worried that the reason i've been losing so much hair is from going on and off the pill, and worry that changing to another pill might make things worse. Just wondering if anybody has tried Diane 35 and what kind of results they obtained. Any help, advice would really be appreciated. I can now see my scalp in the front and it's really scaring me.
 

Rhonda
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Hi Everyone :-)

I am a 28 year old woman who has been on BC since 18. I have had 2 children and experienced hair loss with both postpartum. Recently, I switched from Yasmin, that I had been taking for 3 years, to Seasonale for the 4 periods a year! However, 2 weeks into the pack I noticed my hair was coming out more than usual. At first, I ignored it ..then got concerned when it was coming out in locks in the shower, along sleepless nites, yeast infections (never get those) and achne on my back!! I immideately thougth of the BC pill! I called my GYN who said I did the right thing by quitting immediately. I also did tons of searches on the internet...found that I had all the symptoms,with the exception of depression, is because of too much progestron. I have found so many sites of woman who have had this same effect from Seasonale! I wish I had never changed my BC :-( Anyways, just a bit of encouragement...I have been off the pill for a little over a week and notice little sprigs of hair growing on the top of my head! WHEW! I have been obsessed with my hair since I noticed the hair loss!! I will keep you all posted on how my hair is coming along :-)
 

Kayla
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Hello! I'm 19 years old and i have been slowly noticing hair loss over the course of the past year and a half. I have ruled out heredity & blood tests w/ regard to thyroid disorders have come out negative. Dermatologists suggested Rogaine, which made my scalp itch and flake.. and no hair grew at all so i quit after about 4 months. My hair loss has gotten MUCH worse lately & i cant help but cry when my hair comes out in clumps when i put my hands through my hair. Ive tried shampoos, conditioners, sprays, & im trying loads of vitamins and fish oils now but nothing seems to help. Im so scared and lost and I dont know what to do. I cant stop thinking about this and if it continues at this rate ill be bald by the time im 21. Ive tried everythign and i recently went to the doctor asking about hormonal help from birth control. He gave me Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, but my question is: CAN BIRTH CONTROL HELP MY SITUATION OR WILL IT ONLY AGGRAVATE IT?? I dont even care about the birth control protection, my main concern is having hormones counteract with my loss. Is Yasmin better? I keep reading horror stories about stopping the BC pills and Im on my 2nd day so far. Should i stop before i start?? Pleeeease let me know if you have ANY information or advice. Thanks so much
 

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I'm 21 and have hairloss, I was on yasmin for 2 years and went of it just to make sure it wasn't contributing to the hairloss- but it had no effect. 1 year after going off the pill I still have hairloss. From my personal experience I think you can be on the pill without having hairloss effects. I think my hairloss is from consuming too much soy, which can cause hairloss, could that be an option for you?
 

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Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006 - 02:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I'm 46 and been on the BCP for 20 years!When I was 37 ,took myself off the BCP.What a big mistake that was!!!Lost 3/4 of my hair!!Put myself back on the BCP and saw a great derm doc from Chicago. She said I have AGA,but now I'm having trouble with the pill!!!Need to get off ,is there anything I can do,and keep my hair?
 

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I had lost alot of hair while on bcp orthotricyclen, went to a dermatologist who diagnosed me as having Androgenetic Alopecia/diffuse hairloss. In that one month my hair thinned all over and then fell out. They said due to genetics or inherited pattern balding was brought on by the change in hormones which only happens to roughly about 13% of women my age. I am only 29 and on antideppresents due to this. I wish I knew all this. My advice to every female is get a 4mm scalp biopsy before you take the pill. It sounds insane but if you have that gene/or aga, that will tell you and you can find out if your hair can deal with bcp's. If you have hairloss after using bcp it is usually just Telogan Effluvium which for the most part is temporary....
 

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Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 08:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I am also experiencing hair loss. I went from Othro Evra (patch) to the Nuvaring and I have loss about 25% of my hair. The problem that I have is with the nurse at my OB. She told me that since Nuvaring was such a low dose of hormones, there is no correlation to hair loss using it. Do anyone know if you stop using bcp will it get worst? Is there any possibility that any of us will have regrowth once the body has gotten adjusted. It's been a year since I made the change. I am a 40 yr old African - American.
 

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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 10:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Reading the entries this site seems very useful.
I hope there's somebody who can help me or give advice for my problem.
I'm a 27 yo female and my hairloss started about 3 years ago. As my hair was really thick and curly before, it was impossible to recognise the problem immediately as it occured. The first sign I noticed was that my hair became wavy and it could be manageable, which was great... at the first time... but then it became rather straight and I shedded so much hair.
I assumed the trigger was the bcp and I could thank these changes to it. So Immeadiately stopped taking it. It was almost a year ago. Now my hair is curly again but I'm still waiting for lost hair to regrow .
How long does it take to get my hair back in its original quality and quantity.

Your help will be appreciated. Thanks
 

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Barbara H:

Your hair was once thick and curly, then it became wavy, and then rather straight. It is rare for hair to go from curly to straight without the intervention of a hairstylist. Now your hair is curly again but evidently not as thick as it once was.

The shape - curly, straight - of your hair is determined by the hair's protein structure. Disulfide bonds hold the protein structure together giving your hair its characteristic look. These bonds are strong. I wonder what could have changed the character of your hair so dramatically.

You say that you assume the trigger for your hair problems was birth control pills. Changing or starting or stopping birth control pills can trigger a temporary form of hair loss, but there are several other possible triggers too - quick weight loss, low iron reserves, even prolonged psychological stress. I've not heard of any of these triggers having an effect on the character of the hair shaft though.

"How long does it take to get my hair back in its original quality and quantity."

I don't think anyone can give you a responsible answer to this question. If you're taking care of yourself though - good diet, exercise - six months seems a reasonable time frame. Hair responds slowly to even tender loving care.
 

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Thanks for your quick answer:-)
The reason why I think the bcp was the trigger of hairstyle change ( curly - straight) is that when I was a child my hair was straight until my teenage. Then my hair became more and more curly. So the change was probably due to hormones.
Also the bcp affects on hormones and indirectly on my hairstucture, doesn't it?

One year has passed away since I stopped bcp. It has changed a lot in right way however it isn't the same as it was 3 years ago. But I really hope it will fully recover as there's no other factors ( e.g. low iron level, quick weight loss, stress, inflamation...etc).
 

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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 03:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

One more question.
Can my hair fully recover? Is it possible it needs more than a year to be as it was about 4 years ago?
 

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Barbara H:

I don't think anyone is clairvoyant enough to tell you if your hair will fully recover. It's often the case that people with telogen effluvium don't recover all the hair they once had, but they get enough back so that it looks good again. And some people with TE need more than a year for a complete recovery. Kevin McElwee says up to 72 months (six years!).
 

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Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 - 07:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Many thanks , Tom. However I hope e.g. 2 years later I can tell you my hair has fully recovered.
 

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Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 07:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Barbara: May I ask what type of BC you were using?
 

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Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 09:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Yes. It was Gracial. I started taking this bcp in 2004. Before it I also took bcp ( other types) but they didn't cause any problems ( or I didn't realize it).

Do you have the same problem?
 

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i was using the nuvaring. Does gracial have another name? I wanted to see if it was a high index androgen form of birth control. The nuvaring is a high index androgen and I think it is what prompted concerns about my hair. Thanks for getting back to me Barbara......
 

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As far as I know it has no another name. But I can imagine that in different countries it is in different names. Who knows...?
And do you have the same problem with your hair?
Are you still on this pill?
 

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My hair seems recovered from the bad status caused by bcp...But nowadays when I'm washing my hair or brushing it, I find some (5-6) small (1-1.5cm) hairs however I have shoulder length hair. I don't know whether it is normal or I should thinking of something bad as trigger of this.The only thing that could be bad for my hair is haircolor... I'm not on diet , take vitamins as before, no hairloss....
Thanks for your comments in advance.
 

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Barbara H:

"I don't know whether it is normal or I should thinking of something bad as trigger of this."

Don't worry about those 5 or 6 small hairs when you are brushing or washing. That is insignificant. You have recovered.
 

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Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 06:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

:-) Many thanks for your quick and reassuring reply!
 

KM
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What pattern does hair loss from birth control have? How long is the recovery period? Will short hairs eventually grow long?
 

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Hi KM,

it had no special pattern, it was TE, which means you loss hairs from everywhere. For me it took more than two years when my hair was getting to be similar as it was before. ...but telling the truth I had more hair than I have now and I assume it won't be more.
Short hairs should grow also when they are healthy.
Hope I could help you:-)
 

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Hi Barbara
Your story is reassuring, as I have been off of the pill for a year and one month, and so far, although there is regrowth, my hair is still thinning at the root. Like you, I also had extrememly thick, curly hair before.
I am currently at the stage where I am still consistently losing 50 plus hairs when I wash, and many of them are only 5 or 6" long (although about a third are full length just below shoulder length). Can you tell me when you started to actually notice a thickening of your hair again? Where did you notice this first? I am still seeing further thinning at the sides of my head, and had a return of the burning sensation the other week. I also still notice slightly more loss just before a period, and Im worried about the contined worsening of the situation at this stage, rather than seeing a turning point to it all.
Also Barbara did you stop and start the pill at all? I did and am worried this has had an effect. How long were you on it for?
Thank goodness for your positive story on here, it is just so what I needed to read x
 

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Hi Helen,

I stopped taking pill immediately when I noticed the change of my hair. It was 3 yrs ago. Since then my hair is curly again with good holding but its volume is not the same. I'm still experiencing small, short hairs falling down but I try not to worry too much about them. I know what you are talking about when you mention the burning sensation...Sometimes I'm able to enlarge the problem as big as I can not sleep at nite.
I swore that I will not take bcp anymore. Telling the truth after this misery I don't remember exactly how much hair I had and whether small hairs fell down also.
Hope it hlped
 

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Tom,
can greasy dandruff cause hairloss or hairthining. I'm a little bit trustless regarding hairanalyst ( they work with cameras)as all of them turn over very expensive hair cosmetics and try to give you to belive that you have greasy dandruff and if you use their shampoo, conditioner...etc you'll recover and your hair will be more beautiful than ever.And yes, in the screen I some white things around my hair on my head but I don't know whether it can be as serious. But on the other hand I'm experiencing small ( very small) hairs falling down and maybe I have less hair than few months ago. My blood test is ok, nothing special with my health I don't take bcp since 2006... So I don't know, shall I belive them or...?
Hope you can help me! Thanks.
 

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Barbara H:

You asked, "can greasy dandruff cause hairloss or hairthining."

I doubt it but I would be skeptical about companies, even if they work with cameras :-), that try to sell you expensive shampoos and conditioners. Get Paula Begoun's Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me at the library. You will be absolutely happy with the information in this book. It will help you decide which are helpful hair products and which ones are overpriced and useless.
 

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Tom, My daughter has been taking Yasmin for 10 months now. She still continues to thin. You say that some women have TE when starting, stopping or switching bcp. Wouldn't ten months be enough time for things to have worked out? I'm thinking of having her stop them all together but I'm afraid of another shed. She is 17. Do you think her hair will come back or have we triggered AGA?
 

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KM:

Dr. Rassman's Answer to your question I think will help you make an informed decision on what's best for your daughter. Also click on the "before" link in Dr. Rassman's paragraph for a lot more help on the topic.
 

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Tom
Is there anything that can be done to lessen a shed from coming off birth control? Also, doctors say its best to continue with the pill and eventually your body will adjust. Well, I think we have given it enough time and her body is not adjusting. What doctors don't say is "if your are having hair loss due to bcp, come off". I don't understand. We have decided to take our daughter off of yasmin and now I'm scared to death I have made the wrong choice.
 

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Hi everyone!
I'm 30 years old and have experienced hair loss and thought I would share my story.

I have been on birth control pills for over 10 years, for the last 5 years I had been on Yasmin.

I noticed I was loosing more hair in about Jan of this year and I made a few comments to people here and there. Then in Feb I noticed a large bald patch at the back of my head on the right hand side and quite obviously I freaked out!

I went to my GP the next day (it was a Sunday), he said that it was not a fungal thing and referred me to a gynogolyst. I went back home and of course Googled hair loss and was freaked out even more but what I read. I went to another GP for a second opinion as I thought that seeing a drematogyst would be better.
So to cut a fairly long story short, I went and saw both the Gyno and Derm, the Gyno took me off Yasmin as he thought my hair loss was because of that. The Derm said (in a get over sort of way, as I was very emotional) that I had alopecia arteria and gave me some steroid creams to put on the patches, by this time I had discovered another smaller at the front of my head and overall thinning and lots of it! The Derm also said that it was very unlikely the pill cause the hair loss and unlikely that my hair would grow back, he said it was possible that the patches would grow back, but the overall thinning would not. I used the creams for about a week and as they made what hair I had left all greasy, I stopped.

After stopping the pill, I still had hair loss for another 2 or so months, but, Now 4 months on all the patches are growing back and I have new re-growth all over, I have new hair sticking up all over the place and it is wonderful. I have a normal amount of hair loss now. Seeing all the new hair all over makes me ( and everyone around me) realize just how much hair I did loose.

I'm not a doctor or any sort of expert, but all I can share with you is my experience and I will NEVER go back on the pill!!! I feel generally better, my periods are heavier, but I can take that :0)
 

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Belinda - Thanks so much for sharing your story. Did you do anything in addition to coming off the pill such as vitamin B, biotin, progesterone cream, etc.. I just stopped Yaz after 9 months and although I have never experienced shedding coming off birth control, I'm concerned about this one.
 

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KM - I did take iron supplements for a couple of months, although I was ment to have my iron levels check again, I haven't and I also took B12 suppument for a couple of months. I change my diet, to add more protein in it, I did already have a good diet, but I have just added a few extra things.
And I made a few other life style changes, more exercise, less stress.
I didn't use any product that, in my opinion would only treat the 'symptom' and not the actual cause of the hair loss.
 

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Thanks Belinda. I think yasmin has been a nightmare for my daughter. She is always sick with something viral and her hair has thinned out. I am hoping that I can keep her from shedding when coming off of this stuff.
 

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Tom,

I'm just wondering whether the AGA can be start at the forehead or always at the top of the head?

Belinda ,

I share your opinion relating to never go back to pill. I also had taken bcp for more than yrs and it took almost a year to get my normal period back.

KM,

if you start different bcp for the different symptoms of them , you can be mixed up in a vicious circle with unforeseeable effects.
 

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Barbara - Unfortunately, I think that is what has been happening. In my own experience, my AGA did start at the bang area. Front and center of the forehead.

Tom - I am so concerned about my daughters chronic viral infections. I know the hair loss has to be related. Any thoughts?
 

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KM - At the front of the forehead first and then at the center or at both places at the same time?
 

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Yes, the front of my forehead and later it drifted back towards the back of my head. It started out with a small area and then spread outward and toward the back. My central part is now very wide. I tried Rogaine and had no luck. I have just stopped taking the pill and I'm afraid it might kick off another TE. In general, my hair loss has been very gradual.
 

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KM,

does anybody have the same issue with her hair in your family?
How old were you when it is started?
How did you notice it first?
Thanks for your replies:-)
 

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Barbara - I was 32 when I first noticed my hair thinning. My sister was always around 32. My niece gave birth at 18 and within a year her AGA kicked in. I put my daughter (17yr.) on birth control and within two years she has lost over 50% to 70% of her hair. The first time I noticed my hair was when I was curling my bangs.
 

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Barbara - I had just turned 30 when I noticed a patch and overall thinning. My dad is bald however, all females in my family have full heads of hair.
 

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BElinda,
did you notice a bald path? I assume it's not AGA... Did you give birth when you were 30? Is it getting worse or better since then?

KM,
so there are more family members with same problems. So it's probably a genetic problem...
 

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Yes, mine is AGA which is genetic. I was told that my daughter would be to young for AGA, but with the history, I'm fearful. I had no idea that putting her on birth control could kick in AGA. I was on birth control as a teen and had beautiful hair until 32. I wonder what they are putting in these new pills? AGA does not look like a patch, but overall thinning.
 

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Barbara - I have 3 patches, different sizes as well as overall thinning.
I'm being told it was from taking the pill, however a few months before I went thru a quite stressful time and I cant help but wonder if this had anything to do with.
I cant help but feel that 'they' know little about hair loss and why it happens and its such and individual thing.
I have a son, but I had him at a very early age.
 

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Belinda,

in most cases some kind of inflammation is in the background of alopecia areata ( when you have patches with different sizes). According to doctors it's very omplex thing to find out what the trigger is but I think you should make a blood test to check whether everything is good or not...
 

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Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 03:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Tom - I understand that women usually loose hair when coming off of bcp's, but what about women that loose hair while on them? The entire time my daughter was on them, her hair became more and more thin. I took her off a couple of weeks ago. I am hoping that her hair will recover and that the bcp was the culprit. I do have AGA and my sister and niece does too. I have heard that if you have a genetic tendency, you should not take bcp's because it could jump start AGA. I don't know if this is the case with my 17yr. old. What do you think of natural progesterone cream to combat hair loss?
 

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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 10:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

KM:

"I have heard that if you have a genetic tendency, you should not take bcp's because it could jump start AGA."

That is probably true but it's in the past. Your daughter has already used bcp's so that can't be undone.

You'll have to do your own research into natural progesterone cream. It's a complex subject that I have only a little knowledge of.
 

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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 03:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks Tom. I am really struggling with all of this. I can't believe the amount of hair loss (over 50%) in a year and a half. I would love for this to just be TE.
 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - 12:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

KM,

I have also the same experience. When I was on a certain bcp, my hair was getting thinner and thinner. But once I stopped taking this pill, it took more than a year to get my strong hair back. It was almost three years ago but unfortunatelly the quantity of my hair is less than it was. According to Tom " It's often the case that people with telogen effluvium don't recover all the hair they once had, but they get enough back (70%) so that it looks good again. And some people with TE need more than a year for a complete recovery. Kevin McElwee says up to 72 months (six years!)."
I'm afraid my hair will never be as beautiful as it was...
 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - 01:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Barbara - I would be happy for her thinning to just stop. I would love for her to have 70% of her hair. I could live with that.. Was your thinning all over (diffuse) with the forehead and above the temples being the worst? Did you go through more hair loss wants stopping the pill and then it got better, or did it just start to improve?
 

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Posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 06:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Yes, I experienced thinning everywhere.I stopped taking bcp immediately when I realized thinning (it was approx. 11 months after I started this type of bcp). The status of my hair was significantly better after 7 months.
 

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Posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 08:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Barbara - I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I just don't want her to have AGA like me. I have a wide central part and her sides, temples and forehead are the worst, but she has diffuse thinning all over too. I hope her body can bounce back and this nightmare will be over.
 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 05:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Barbara - I had so many blood test it's not funny and nothing showed up
 

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Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 02:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

My daughter had 29 blood test
 

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Tom,

as the time passes, I have to give you right regarding the "70%". Up to now I hoped that once my hair would be the same as it had been... but unfortunatelly not. The 70% seems to be really true... However I don't give uo hoping in the 72 months for recovering period:-)I'm afraid if I'll be pregnant the status of my hair will be worse...due to hormones.

KM,

does your daughter have general thining or at certain places? If it is general, so it's telogen effluvium, I think you can hope this is due to bcp. So after giving up the pill, it will be better...

Belinda,

how about your blood prolapse? I assume that very stressful period you went through, could cause alopecia areata like you have. You should visit a dermatologist to examine your scalp and if everything is ok , you should relax a lot and wait for regrowing. My sister had two pathches and she needed 3 or 4 months to get her hair back. I hope you are in the same situaion. If so, you should relax a lot and avoid stressful situations to help your scalp regenerating.
 

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Posted on Monday, September 28, 2009 - 05:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Barbara, All my patches have grown back, they have been for a couple of months now and I have new re-growth all over my head, each day I find more! I just hope it keeps going as Im not convinced that it was from the pill, time will tell and that is whats so annoying!
 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 07:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hello. I was on Yaz for only 3 months, and discontinued it July 1st.
I started losing hair that first week in July, and it has continued up to now. Unfortunately, this weekend I noticed a jump in the amount of hair I'm losing. How can this be? It's been 3 months since I've been off. I've never lost hair like this. It's gone from 100+ hairs a day, to twice that amount.
 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 11:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi Lisa - I stopped Yaz in July too. My hair has been falling out like crazy. I find it all over the place and the shower is the worst. I have heard that it takes 3 months before a TE will start when stopping the pill, but that was not the case for me. Like you, I started losing hair about week one or two. Did you have any hair issues while on the pill?
 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 10:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Well, I was only on Yaz for three months. I started noticing the hair loss the week after I stopped. I don't know if that was from actually starting the pill, or stopping. It's been pretty bad for the last 3 months. It's seems to have accelerated. I hadn't been on the pill for 13 years. I was using it to treat adult acne, but did not like the side effects of muscle soreness and moodiness.
How long were you on Yaz?
 

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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I was on it for 7 months and my temples started to disappear. I stopped in July and my hair is pouring off my head. Do you have any hair loss in your family?
 

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Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 09:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

No, there is no hair loss on either side of the family. That makes me hopeful that this will stop at some point.
 

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Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010 - 09:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Lisa - How is your hair doing?
 

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Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 07:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

It seems to have slowed down. I'm losing 75-100 a day. I'm hoping that's a sign that it was indeed TE and that it is coming to an end.
It's been 8 months since I've stopped birth control (was only on it 3 months).
I do have re-growth, but can't tell if it's the same (it looks like it) or if it's a thinner hair....ie. androgenic alopecia.
How about you?
 

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Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 09:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

My hair is doing poorly. My daughter has been off Yasmin since August and has little hair. I just can't stand it any longer. I am glad your hair has slowed down and I hope and pray that you are recovering.

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