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Can Birth Control Cause Hair Loss? Revealing the Impact on Your Hair

Hair loss is a potential outcome among women who use hormonal birth control, and it can be quite overwhelming. However,  knowing some key factors can help get to the heart of the issue, thus dealing with the issue.

Let’s see if and how can birth  control cause hair loss but before we get into details here are some key points of this article:

  • HAIR LOSS DUE TO BIRTH CONTROL IS USUALLY TEMPORARY.
  • PROGESTIN IS THE MAIN BIRTH PILL INGREDIENT THAT CAN CAUSE HAIR LOSS.
  • PROGESTIN-ONLY PILLS ARE MORE LIKELY TO CAUSE HAIR LOSS.
  • CHANGING THE DOSAGE OR THE PILL BRAND CAN INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF SHEDDING.
  • GOING OFF THE PILL CAN ALSO TRIGGER HAIR LOSS.

Does Birth Control Cause Hair Loss?

It’s possible birth control pills to cause hair loss. To prevent pregnancy, oral contraceptives contain synthetic hormones that mimic the effects of natural hormones such as progesterone and estrogen. This changes the hormone levels and alters the hair cycle, especially the telogen phase.

Alterations in hormone levels are one of the common causes of hair loss in womenHowever, not everyone who uses birth control will necessarily experience hair loss.

Do Low Dose Birth Control Pills Cause Hair Loss?

Using the incorrect low-dose birth control pill can also result in hair loss, despite its potential as a treatment. They contain androgenic progestin (a synthetic version of progesterone), which acts similarly to androgenic activity, thus triggering the hair growth cycle.

So, if you have high androgen levels, using progestin-only (mini pills) pills is not advisable since they can trigger hair loss. Switching to combination pills instead might better the hair loss side effects as well as hormonal fluctuations.

Do Low Estrogen Pills Cause Hair Breakage and Loss?

There’s always a possibility of experiencing hair loss or breakage symptoms with low estrogen pills as well as the others.

Even though combination birth control pills are known to have lower levels of estrogen compared to progestin, they balance each other out to be able to fix hormonal imbalances and reduce risks.

So, it might be the best way to reduce the effects of it, one being hair loss.

What Birth Control Causes Hair Loss?

There are two types of hormonal contraceptives available:

  • COMBINED PILLS
  • PROGESTIN-ONLY PILLS (MINI-PILLS)

 

Progestin, an ingredient found in both types, can act similarly to androgens. This similarity in function is related to birth control hair loss. So, women who take progestin-only pills might be more likely to experience this particular side effect compared to those using combined low androgen birth control pills.

It’s also important to note that family history and medical background also play significant roles when it comes to birth control hair loss.

Can Changing Birth Control Cause Hair Loss?

Switching birth control pills or even the dosage can increase hair loss because each birth control pill can contain different levels of hormones.

Even if you’ve been using a pill without any hair loss side effect, you can start experiencing it after switching to a different birth control pill brand.

Especially when the new pill causes a fall in estrogen levels, thus an increase in androgenic activity and potential hair miniaturization.

Can Stopping Birth Control Cause Hair Loss?

Yes, going off the pill as well as restarting birth control means the hormonal levels are going to change again, which is a big trigger for telogen and anagen effluvium.

As for how common hair loss is after stopping birth control, here’s how it goes: When you stop taking birth control, it’s normal to notice more hair shedding at first.

It’s worth mentioning that the duration of pill usage won’t affect the amount of hair loss after discontinuing either.

How Long Does Hair Loss Continue After Stopping Birth Control?

After hormone levels are back to normal, the hair loss should stop. But if you’re still experiencing it after 6 months or so, there might be another reason for it. In that case, it’s important to find out the underlying issue to treat hair loss properly.

Does Birth Control Help With Hair Loss?

Yes, oral contraceptives can better hormonal imbalance-related hair loss in women. However, since there are various types of birth control pills available, choosing the right one for this specific purpose is crucial.

So in this case, low androgenic birth control is a good option.

Does Birth Control Help Hair Growth?

Some types of birth control can help hair growth. Estrogen can extend the hair growth phase and support hair growth. If you’re losing hair on progestin-only birth control, try switching to options with more estrogen or combined pills with lower androgen levels. 

⚠️ Estrogen dominance can also contribute to hair loss, so it’s essential to consult your doctor about this change.

Birth Control Pills and Hair Loss Is It Permanent?

No, birth control hair loss is temporary as long as there are no other root causes.

It’s even likely to notice mild hair thinning from birth control. But once the hormonal levels return to normal, the hair loss will stop.

This doesn’t mean that the hair follicles recover and the hair growth phase will start immediately. Due to the hair cycle periods, regrowing lost hair after discontinuing the birth control pill might take up to 6 to 8 months.

How to Stop Hair Loss from Birth Control

If you’re experiencing hair loss as one of the dermatologic side effects of birth control, the most effective way to stop it is by discontinuing the pill.

Your doctor can evaluate your situation and give you an alternative pill. After hormone levels are balanced, the hair loss will stop. If not, the underlying causes should be figured out and treated accordingly.

⚠️ Do not change your pill or dosage without consulting to your doctor.

How to Treat Hair Loss from Birth Control

Dealing with hair loss side effects can be a daunting experience. However,  besides the fact that it is temporary, to treat hair loss after birth control, some remedies can work for you.

  • ONION JUICE
  • 2% MINOXIDIL
  • EATING A HEALTHY DIET 
  • LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY
  • PLATELET-RICH PLASMA 
  • HAIR TRANSPLANT

⚠️ MORE THAN 2% OF MINOXIDIL IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR WOMEN.

Does Hair Texture Change After Stopping Birth Control?

If you’re experiencing hair thinning from birth control, it can feel like your hair texture is also changing. For instance, styling hair can be a challenge, as well as experiencing things like frizzing, tangling, or even the way it reacts to different weather conditions.

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