When it comes to hair, it is all about body balance. Medical form of birth control is changing a natural body function, and in certain females, can cause a disruption which effects the hair cycle and triggers diffuse hair loss. The time frame is three months after the birth control was introduced, the normally growing hair are shocked into a premature shedding phase, along with normal daily shedding hairs.
The result is diffuse hair loss, it is not permanent, and should stop after 3 months. The formula is; hair loss may start 3 months after starting or stopping birth control, will continue for 3 months, may lose up to 300 hairs a day, hair loss should stop after 3 months, hair will lose volume and feel thinner, hair should return back to normal hair cycle and natural hair density within 12 months.
Birth Control and Hair Loss:
- Hair Loss can occur 3 months after starting or stopping birth control
- Hair Loss will continue for 3 months
- This is not permanent hair loss
- Is diffuse hair loss, it is all over the scalp not in patterns or patches
- Hair loss should stop after 3 months
- Hair cycle and normal hair growth should return within 12 months
It is important not to be reactive when this happens and stop the birth control because of the hair loss as this can trigger another round or diffuse hair loss. One should also understand it was the introduction or retraction of the birth control that triggered the body change, not the birth control directly that caused the hair loss. The same rule applies for all prescription medication and does not affect every individual.
Also to be noted, birth control is exactly that, birth control and should not be used for any other reason. Using birth control to address hair loss will result in quite the opposite effect and should not be used to control acne, as this is a skin or hormonal problem. The health of the individual will determine the extent of the effect when it comes to hair loss and in turn, hair regrowth.
Most cases of diffuse hair loss from starting or stopping birth control have other associated elements, such as stress and low iron. If the body is battling other problems at the same time, it can affect the hair regrowth. As Absolique Hair Health Clinic Trichologist, I can guide you through starting and stopping birth control by planning ahead, checking the state of the hair cycle, growing healthy hair, checking and supporting health and making sure you don’t make abrupt changes with birth control. It also has to be considered that birth control may be medically recommend to treat other health concerns and working together with your doctor, healthcare provider and Trichologist is important.
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