Stopped Birth Control Diane35 (Brenda, Estelle) and Hair Shedding Lots :(

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not sure with birth control, but I know when I was pregnant, my doctor warned me that my hair would be really thick/nice while I was pregnant because the hormones mean you don’t shed as much hair as normal.  The flip side was once you give birth and your body starts to regulate, you spend a few months shedding hair like crazy.  My Doctor pointed out it didn’t mean anything was wrong, it was just going back to what it was pre baby and it might seem thin because you have just spent nine months with it extra thick.  

I would ask your doctor if the birth control you were on has a similar affect.  If it does, your hair is just going back to what it was pre birth control. After being on it so long, that could mean a good bit of hair shedding and a noticeable(at least to you, maybe not to others) difference in how thick it is.

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - The Windsor at Hebron Park

I tried going off the pill about 2 months ago, and I noticed extreme hair shedding as well. It was actually so much that my hubby wondered why our drain was getting clogged in the shower! I could tell from brushing my hair that it was shedding, and it scared me that it was almost coming out in clumps. I have since gone back on birth control as I’m not trying to get pregnant anytime soon, but my body overall just feels better on the pill. I was having extreme moodiness and depression though, and if that hadn’t happened I would have stuck it through. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

100 hairs is just a little over average for daily hair loss, according to experts. I had the same thing happen when I went off of my first oral contraceptive. It stops eventually. Here’s a little blurb:

Telogen Effluvium Resulting From Taking the Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills affect the hormone levels within the body and these hormone levels can affect hair growth. In some cases hair loss may occur due to the male hormones present in some types of contraceptive pills. This type of hair loss is similar to pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. However discontinuation of The Pill can result in Telogen Effluvium hair loss similar to that which occurs after child birth due to the drop in hormone levels. – See more at: http://www.belgraviacentre.com/telogeneffluvium/#3

So because your hair is in the telogen phase, you should get back to the anagen and catagen phases eventually.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

“Telogen Effluvium Resulting From Taking the Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills affect the hormone levels within the body and these hormone levels can affect hair growth. In some cases hair loss may occur due to the male hormones present in some types of contraceptive pills. This type of hair loss is similar to pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. However discontinuation of The Pill can result in Telogen Effluvium hair loss similar to that which occurs after child birth due to the drop in hormone levels. – See more at: http://www.belgraviacentre.com/telogeneffluvium/#3

This will most likely pass. You just have to wait for your hair follicles to go back into anagen and catagen phases, which may take a while. But it’s most likely not permanent.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was on Diane35 for several years (also should not have been prescribed that medication for that long).  I ended up finding out that in Canada it isn’t recommended to be on Diane35 for more than a year – anyway… I quit because it was causing depression for me and other emotional issues.  Stick it out – It sounds like what nikkialys said above could be right, and it’s just your body re-adjusting… good luck!

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