Birth control pills cause the hair to move from the growing phase to the resting phase too soon and for too long. This form of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. Large amounts of hair can fall out during this process.
Will my hair grow back after stopping birth control?
Any birth control-related hair loss should have finished roughly six months after stopping birth control pills. Immediately after stopping birth control, it is common for a lot of hair to fall out all at once.
Which birth control reduces hair growth?
Birth control pills with a low “androgen index” are the only ones that should be used as hair loss treatment; high-androgen-index birth control pills may contribute to hair loss. Pills with a low androgen index include: Desogen. Ortho-Cept.
Does the combined pill cause hair loss?
Millions of women are prescribed the Pill each year in this country, but very few are aware that oral contraceptives are a common trigger of hair loss. The Pill suppresses ovulation by the combined actions of the hormones estrogen and progestin, or in some cases progestin alone.
What are the side effects of stopping birth control?
Side effects of stopping birth control
- changes in the menstrual cycle.
- heavier periods.
- cramping during ovulation.
- premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- changes in mood.
- weight changes.
- unwanted hair growth.
Will I gain weight if I stop birth control?
Weight and Other Bodily Results
Weight: The birth control pill is considered weight-neutral. Most people do not gain or lose weight on it, and those who do often see the gains or losses replaced in the same amount when they stop taking the pill.
Can birth control thicken hair?
As you consider birth control methods, think about your family history. If hair loss runs in your family, look for pills that contain more estrogen than progestin. These pills are low on the androgen index, and they can actually stimulate hair growth by keeping your hair in the anagen phase longer.
What is excessive hair growth?
Hirsutism is excess hair growth on the body or face. For women, the hair may grow in areas where men often have a lot of hair, but women often don’t. This includes the upper lip, chin, chest, and back. It’s caused by an excess of male hormones called androgens.