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Old 07-12-2012, 10:28 AM   #1
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Exclamation Hair loss after birth control

I took ortho tri cyclen lo for about 6 months. I went off of it in April because of intense mood swings I was having. For the past 2 months or so I have noticed my hair falling out a LOT more than it is supposed to. Every day it seems to gradually get worse. I also have not gotten my period since April either. Has anyone else had this problem? Or does anyone know if I will go back to normal? I have naturally thin hair so this is a little devastating :[ along with the fact that I am 19. I'm not ready to lose my hair.

I have a doc appointment on Monday about my period that hasn't come, but I would like to hear some thoughts before then. Thanks!

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Re: Hair loss after birth control

Definitely check with your doctor for hormone levels, thyroid and estrogen. I've read that Rogaine (containing minoxidil) is good for hair growth.

Old 07-17-2012, 02:54 PM   #3
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Re: Hair loss after birth control

A rapid change in hormones can shift your hair into telogen effluvium (natural hair shedding phase). This happened to me when I went on spironolactone (anti-androgen). If it doesn't stop after about a month, then I would start to worry.

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