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Can the birth control shot be making me lose my hair?

Can the birth control shot be making me lose my hair?

Possible: Any time there is a significant change in hormone levels, like starting the shot for birth control (or getting pregnant, or after delivery, or starting or stopping birth control pills, etc) the normal cycle of hair growth and replacement can be affected. The most common change noted is an increase in hair loss - it should be a transient change. Within a few months the hair loss should stop. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Birth control making me get zits and lose my hair?

Birth control making me get zits and lose my hair?

BCP pills and acne: Birth control pills, oral contraceptives, are hormone pills that block the release of an egg, ovum, from a woman's ovary, and thus prevent pregnancy.They have an effect on every aspect of the woman's body that is affected by hormones, like acne, oiliness, perspiration, moods, and hair growth.Some bcps help acne, by having a strong female hormone effect, while others hurt , a male hormone effect. ...Read more

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Would my birth control contribute to my hair loss?

Yes: Birth control pills have been rarely blamed for hair loss, but there are much more common causes for alopecia: stress, low thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), and heredity, for example. ...Read more

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Can hair loss ever stop while taking birth control?

Can hair loss ever stop while taking birth control?

Yes: Bcp hormonal effects cause both an increase and a decrease in hair growth. You should experience hair loss for approx 3-4 months followed by a period of accelerated growth over 3-4 months. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that birth control will cause hair loss?

Is it actually true that birth control will cause hair loss?

Certain meds: Most oral birth control is not associated with hair loss, 3 mth injections for birth control have been more commonly associated with this. ...Read more

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Is hair loss from birth control reversible? My hair isn't shedding, but is finer and thinner. Will it grow back? I am 18

Is hair loss from birth control reversible? My hair isn't shedding, but is finer and thinner. Will it grow back? I am 18

Hopefully: Age is on your side, also make sure that there are no other obvious cause for hair thinning, such as anemia, thyroid disorders. For peace of mind, you may opt to consult with a dermatologist ...Read more

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Can low dose birth control help hair loss?

Perhaps: If the hair loss is due to excess testosterone, then birth control can raise a protein called sex hormone binding globulin and bind free testosterone, making it inactive. It is the same mechanism of action used to treat acne. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have hair loss and birth control with accutane-?

Is it normal to have hair loss and birth control with accutane-?

Accutane ; Hair Loss: One of accutane's well known side effects is hair loss. Your genetic risk for hair loss and the duration of your Accutane treatment determines its severity. The good news is that we've successfully reversed hair loss in Accutane patients. ...Read more

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What birth control pills would help with hair loss?I know some can cause it.

What birth control pills would help with hair loss?I know some can cause it.

Sorry: BasicallyNone: The underlying genetic & physiologic factors controlling both rates of hair growth & especially end of individual hair follicle growth cycle remain largely unknown; the reason there are no very effective agents on the market. Minoxidil 2-5% topical, which dilates skin capillaries, has the best track record, but still vary variable; for overview, see: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/805516_4 ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more