A 23-year-old female asked:
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i'm hypothyroid. when on birth control alone,i noticed dat my acne &hair loss improved little. is dis pos? iv heard dat bcps worsen thyroid problems?

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Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
BCP and thyroid: BCP do not worsen thyroid problems. Presumably you are taking levothyroxine for your hypothyroidism. BCP increases the amount of thyroid binding protein in the blood. In some of the older blood tests, this altered some of the values, but if a TSH or FT4 is measured, there is no problem with interpretation of lab values.
Answered on Dec 28, 2015

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