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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. Alan Bauman
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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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I'm 230 pounds and want to get the Depo-Provera shot but I heard it make u gain weight and i'm trying to lose weight what is the best birth control to get?

I'm 230 pounds and want to get the Depo-Provera shot but I heard it make u gain weight and i'm trying to lose weight what is the best birth control to get?

Consider an IUD: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) can result in weight gain because the Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) stimulates the appetite - if you eat more you will gain weight. A non-hormonal contraceptive such as the copper iud would offer excellent birth control with no effect on you weight. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top brand birth control for regulating periods that won't make me gain weight?

Can you please tell me which is the top brand birth control for regulating periods that won't make me gain weight?

Most BCPs: Despite countless numbers of personal "stories" regarding weight gain on the pill, virtually all medical studies, time after time, prove that bcps do not cause weight gain (case in point: why blame the "freshman fifteen" on pizza and beer when you can blame the birth control pill?). ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for my increased acne because of my birth control?

Can you give me suggestions for my increased acne because of my birth control?

Acne: Why are you on birth control at 50? If you cannot provide proper information about yourself, we can't provide you with proper response. You can try consulting us through HealthTap Prime if you are an adult. ...Read more

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The only reason I am on birth control pill is due to pcos related hair loss, will adding saw palmetto help hair loss or will it counter birth control.

The only reason I am on birth control pill is due to pcos related hair loss, will adding saw palmetto help hair loss or will it counter birth control.

Saw palmetto: There is no evidence that it will help your hair, but evidence that it may interfere with your birth control. Are you on Metformin for the real problem with PCOS and testosterone? That being insulin resistance. If not suggest it to your physician or see an endocrinologist. Your best bet would be to see a dermatologist for help with your hair loss. ...Read more

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I want to get the birth control shot, but i don't want to gain weight. What is the normal weight gain when using the shot?

I want to get the birth control shot, but i don't want to gain weight. What is the normal weight gain when using the shot?

It varies: Technically, Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) should not cause weight gain although I have had patients gain up to 25# when using this medication. Weight gain from birth control is usually no more than 5 pounds. Still, any weight gain may be a problem for some women. ...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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Can I use the paragard iud with my birth control pills? I want to keep my period regulated. Also will it make one another less effective?

Can I use the paragard iud with my birth control pills? I want to keep my period regulated. Also will it make one another less effective?

Unusual but seems OK: The ParaGard IUD and the contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy by 2 different mechanisms which would seem to complement each other and give you double protection, plus lighter, less painful and perhaps more regular menses ...but at a higher over all cost. I do not believe there is any plausible evidence that this unusual combination should "make one another less effective". ...Read more

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I'm on the Depo-Provera shot and birth control pills , sometimes if i forget to take my pill am i still covered? Is it easier for me to get pregnant?

I'm on the Depo-Provera shot and birth control pills , sometimes if i forget to take my pill am i still covered? Is it easier for me to get pregnant?

Curious: It is curious that you use depo shot and ocp's. The shot has a failure rate of about 1% - quite effective. Taking the pill will not improve the contraceptive efficacy - so if you take the pill, stop the pill, or miss some pills you are still covered by the shot and it would not make any difference. If you are taking the pill to try to control the spotting, missing pills will cause spotting. ...Read more

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Please tell me, is weight gain inevitable when on the birth control pill?

Please tell me, is weight gain inevitable when on the birth control pill?

No: Their is no evidence to support the idea that birth control pills cause weight gain. If their is a relationship between the two it is unusual. Most women do not gain weight from taking birth control pills. ...Read more

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Will the birth control pill lower my libedo & make me less lubricant as i seem to want sex mentally but my body is not responding ?

Usually not : Sometimes patients complain about a decreased libido on birth control. This is not very typical or common though. Libido is a very complex issue involving psychology, physiology, spirituality, overall fitness, weight etc. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable to give my boyfriend the iron pills from my birth control pack?

Would it be acceptable to give my boyfriend the iron pills from my birth control pack?

Prescription meds: If they were not prescribed for him - i would not. Prescription medications are to be used by the person that they are prescribed for. ...Read more

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What birth control will cause me to lose my period?

What birth control will cause me to lose my period?

Ocps: You can choose to skip cycles if you don't take the placebo pills. Your periods get shorter and lighter and sometimes they are only a spot ort two. ...Read more

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Can alcohol make my birth control not work? I am on the pill

Can alcohol make my birth control not work? I am on the pill

No: Not to my knowledge. If it were so... There would be a lot more babies born! certain antibiotics and other medications metabolized in the liver can affect efficacy of birth control, but alcohol isn't one of them. ...Read more

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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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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

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I had the birth control implanon for about 4 months. I noticed severe hair loss. I can't even wear my hair down.. I had it removed about a week ago. What can I do to make my hair stop falling out. I.?

It will improve: If this is related to the implanon, it will improve over the next few weeks/months. Check with your doctor to make sure there is not another reason. Thyroid disorders can lead to hair loss as well. ...Read more

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Will seasonale since its a high androgen birth control make hair loss worse?

Will seasonale since its a high androgen birth control make hair loss worse?

Not usually: Seasonalle is not a particualarily high androgen method. And continuous cycling should be helpful ...Read more

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I'm thinking about taking birth control pills. Can it lead to hair loss and infertility?

NO: They do not cause either.When you want to get pregnant it may take a few weeks-month after you go off before you do so ...Read more

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Do birth control pills have any effect on hair? i.e. haircolor change, hair texture change, hair loss, etc? How about eyebrows?

Birth control: I suspect that happens in a very few patients but ordinarily it has no effect. That does not stop you from seeing a dermatologist to get some advice or perhaps discussing with your hair stylist. ...Read more

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Is there a birth control that doesn't cause weight gain, hair loss or tremors?

Is there a birth control that doesn't cause weight gain, hair loss or tremors?

Yes: Birth control pills contrary to most believe have minimal effect on weight usually due to water retention and effect of estrogen. Doubt BCP and trmor association. Discuss with your doctor trial of different BCP with higher progesteron ...Read more

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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. Mark Pack
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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