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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. 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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I have all symptoms a thyroid issue, tests say im fine what else could it be? Bad weight gain, hair loss, insomnia, can't get out of bed, not depressed

I have all symptoms a thyroid issue, tests say im fine what else could it be? Bad weight gain, hair loss, insomnia, can't get out of bed, not depressed

See endocrinologist: You are correct that your symptoms are consistent with low thyroid, but could also be several other general medical illnesses. In my practice, i recommend patients with similar symptoms consult with an endocrinologist after having had a thorough evaluation by an internist. Physical exam, detailed history, plus lab tests should narrow done the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What kind of birth control is the most "mild" such as no breast size increase, weight gain, hair loss, etc?

What kind of birth control is the most "mild" such as no breast size increase, weight gain, hair loss, etc?

Pills?: The lowest dose pills have the fewest side-effects in general but side-effects vary from woman to woman and decreasing one side-effect can increase another such as break thru bleeding or skipped periods. ...Read more

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What could it mean to have normal thyroid levels and high hormone levels. 18y.O w/weight gain, hair loss, fatigue. Referred to endocrinologist.

What could it mean to have normal thyroid levels and high hormone levels. 18y.O w/weight gain, hair loss, fatigue. Referred to endocrinologist.

One possibility: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is a hormonal imbalance which causes a number of symptoms similar to the ones you describe.Women with pcos can have high levels of testosterone.Symptoms can vary but the most common ones are: weight gain, hair loss, increased body or facial hair, irregular periods. Insulin resistance is at the root of the problem and needs to be addressed. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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My TSH had increased by more than a point in the last two years, my T3 (liothyronine) is low, I have had fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, moody, 2 sibs hypo. Could i?

My TSH had increased by more than a point in the last two years, my T3 (liothyronine) is low, I have had fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, moody, 2 sibs hypo. Could i?

Thyroid: You do not stated the TSH levels.When the T3 (liothyronine) is low you can have fatigue, weaknes, low energy... Check with your dr thyroid us, antigens, cortisol, dhea, vit d, ... Possible you need to chance or increase med. See a family doctor or endoc. Check hormone too. ...Read more

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Tsh was 1.66 a year ago. 4.98 now, with free T4 of 0.8. Symptoms of hypo (weight gain, hair loss, constipation, lethargy). Doc won't treat. Help!

Tsh was 1.66 a year ago.  4.98 now, with free T4 of 0.8.  Symptoms of hypo (weight gain, hair loss, constipation, lethargy).  Doc won't treat.  Help!

It depends: Tsh has variability throughout the day so a definitive range is difficult to pin down with science. When someone is on therapy, I use the academy of clinical biochemistry range of 0.5 - 2.0 for tsh. You certainly seem symptomatic. Given the vary low risk of mild level thyroxine adjustments, i think aslightly higher dose my be appropriate. ...Read more

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TSH w/reflex to T4 was 0.25. T4 free 1.2. T3 free 2.7. 4 months ago TSH 2.01. Synthroid (thyroxine) 137mg year. Fatigue weight gain hair loss. Suggestions?

TSH w/reflex to T4 was 0.25. T4 free 1.2. T3 free 2.7.   4 months ago TSH 2.01.  Synthroid (thyroxine) 137mg year. Fatigue weight gain hair loss. Suggestions?

Not hypothyroid: Your TSH was within normal range(0.4-0.6 ) 4 months ago indicating you were not hypothyroid then and were on the proper dose of Synthroid (thyroxine). Your current Free T4 is within normal limits. However your TSH is slightly low which suggests that your current dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) is slightly too high and can be reduced. YOU ARE NOT HYPOTHYROID and your symptoms are not due to this. ...Read more

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Rapid weight gain/hair loss/trouble urinating/constant body pain & discomfort/bloat/pain in stomach/abdomen/headaches & eye issues. What could it be?

Rapid weight gain/hair loss/trouble urinating/constant body pain & discomfort/bloat/pain in stomach/abdomen/headaches & eye issues. What could it be?

X symptoms: I would suggest you see an astute internist who can tie all the symptoms together and provide you with a satisfactory answer and the necessary therapy. The symptoms are too multiple to come up with a simple answer for you in this format. ...Read more

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Fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, swollen glands, bloated abdomen and legs, positive ANA test, negative lupus test, normal thyroid test...Help?!?

Fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, swollen glands, bloated abdomen and legs, positive ANA test, negative lupus test, normal thyroid test...Help?!?

See details: Your symptoms are not really specific but the positive ANA can be significant. See a rheumatologist. Is lupus possible in this setting? Yes, but that is only one possible diagnosis and the ANA by itself needs to be evaluated in the context of the entire clinical picture. ...Read more

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Can rapid weight gain be associated with hair loss?

Can rapid weight gain be associated with hair loss?

Yes : Two things and one cause... The thyroid gland sits on top of the adam's apple. It produces T4 that later gets converted to the active hormone T3 (liothyronine) that acts like the accelerator for energy and metabolism to burn calories & is vital for hair production. So a low working thyroid (hypothyroidism) can manifest with weight gain and hair loss. A big pitfall in medicine is that most docs only order tsh. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to avoid weight gain and hair loss while on tamoxifen ?

Is there anyway to avoid weight gain and hair loss while on tamoxifen ?

Hair loss tamoxifen: Tamoxifen related hair loss is androgenetic due to blockade of the female hormones. One of the first steps we have to treat female (or male) pattern hair loss is topical minoxidil. It does not involve any hormones and therefore should not interfere with your treatment of breast cancer. Also, thyroid problems can contribute to hair loss, as can iron deficiency. I suggest having both checked. ...Read more

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What mood stabilizers \ anticonvulsives definitely don't cause hair loss or weight gain?

What mood stabilizers \ anticonvulsives definitely don't cause hair loss or weight gain?

No definite: This varies from person to person. It's often a matter of trial and error to find one that doesn't cause significant weight gain. Sometimes the increased weight is only during the early phase of treatment. Also after stabilization your doctor may be able to reduce the medication to a maintenance level and reduce your weight. ...Read more

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Irregualar periods accompanied my acne weight gain and hair loss, what is it?

Irregualar periods accompanied my acne weight gain and hair loss, what is it?

Polycystic ovaries: Your symptoms sound consistent with polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos). This is a common disorder typically caused by Insulin resistance. Typically there is a family history for diabetes. The treatment is to follow a low carbohydrate (low starch) diet, exercise in order to cause weight loss. Metformin is a helpful medication once the diagnosis is established. ...Read more

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Is 100 mg of Zoloft comparable to 75 mg of effexor (venlafaxine)? Which one causes hair loss or weight gain most often?

Is 100 mg of Zoloft comparable to 75 mg of effexor (venlafaxine)? Which one causes hair loss or weight gain most often?

Zoloft vs Effexor (venlafaxine): Mom hundred milligrams of zoloft would equate in practice to approximately 150 mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) in my experience. Both weight gain and hair loss are more common with effexor (venlafaxine). Zoloft has rarely caused hair loss and it is thought to be due to its mild dopaminergic effect. Zoloft is generally considered to be weight neutral, but as with any medication of this class there are exceptions to the rule. Wait gain from this ssri class tends to occur late in treatment if at all. The weight gain if it were to occur would likely start between six months and one year after the initiation oftreatment. ...Read more

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Can hypothalamic problems be caused by suffering from sever cold weather for years with proper headwear. I've hyperhydrosis, weight gain ED hair loss?

Can hypothalamic problems be caused by suffering from sever cold weather for years with proper headwear. I've hyperhydrosis, weight gain ED hair loss?

Hypothalamic problem: Hypothalamus is not damaged by cold exposure your problems are to diffuse to be related to one etiology bit a number could be related to anxiety. ...Read more

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47 yrs old just prescribed generic activella. So scared of mental depression, already have anxiety. Scared of more hair loss weight gain. Is this safe?

47 yrs old just prescribed generic activella. So scared of mental depression, already have anxiety. Scared of more hair loss weight gain. Is this safe?

Discuss with ur MD: You doctor has prescribed this probabely for symptom relief due to menopause.You should discuss your concerns with the doctor who prescribed the hormone for your symptoms and how long will you be taking it. There is nothing wrong in taking generic as copared to brand name, they are both equally effective and you do not have to have any concern about that. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more


Estrogen (Definition)

Estrogen is a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and affects ovulation, ...Read more