I have written about this many times, but I have requested once again to cover this common and confusing topic. Starting, stopping or changing any medication can trigger diffuse hair loss. Diffuse hair loss is also known as telogen effluvium. When diffuse hair loss is triggered by a change in the body, you will experience the hair loss three months after the change. Once triggered the hair loss will continue for 3 months. You cannot stop it as the cause was three months ago.
This is a self-correcting type of diffuse hair loss, meaning the cause was the change in medication three month earlier. Once the hair loss stops after the three months, the hair should then recover over the following 12 months. This is where many get confused. Because the hair is falling, you may get scared, and actually stop the medication, which can trigger another bout of hair loss in three months! The key here is not to panic and check the timeline.
Birth Control, Hair Loss and Hair Thinning with Absolique Trichologist:
- Birth control in this article refers to the synthetic hormone types
- Starting, stopping or changing can trigger the hair loss
- Synthetic hormones can also trigger pattern thinning
- Pattern thinning is not hair loss
- Hair loss and hair thinning can occur at the same time
Pattern thinning is very different to hair loss but commonly confused. Pattern thinning can occur at the top/front and recessions of the scalp. This gradual thinning is not actual hair loss. Diffuse hair loss from starting, stopping or changing birth control can uncover pattern thinning that was gradually happening in the back ground. In many cases, recovering from diffuse hair loss sorts out the pattern thinning problem. But, in other cases, the pattern thinning needs to be addressed along with checking the health of the hair cell and the hair cycle.
Hair growth following diffuse hair loss will depend on the health of the body. When other health problems, highs, lows and deficiencies are present, the hair regrowth maybe diffusely thinner. When experiencing hair loss it is always recommended to visit your health care practitioner and get current blood tests, as a precaution. Always get a copy of your blood tests so you can check the ranges yourself as what may appear in (normal) range, may be low or high for hair growth. Example; iron studies.
Absolique Hair Health Clinic Trichologist can help to further explain Birth Control, Hair Loss and Hair Thinning and check your hair cell and hair cycle function along with reading your blood test results. With this information we can predict when the hair loss will stop, assist with hair thinning and predict health of hair regrowth. You are most welcome to email Absolique Trichologist Carolyn Evans-Frost with any questions about your hair loss or hair thinning. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our helpful reception team to ask about our hair loss treatment service on 07 3229 3242.
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