Could Your Birth Control Be Contributing To Hair Loss?

The Hormone In Your Birth Control To Watch Out For

The culprit in the birth control which causes hair loss is the very hormone that is used to suppress the natural cycle of how the womb functions.

Usually contraceptives have the hormones progestin and estrogen.

These hormones are in your body and help prepare your body to nurture a fertilized egg and support pregnancy, but when you don’t get pregnant they assist the process of menstruation. Hormonal drugs like the contraceptives basically provide an atmosphere to create a constant supply of these hormones to trick the body so you don’t get pregnant.

The problem is that the progestin or progesterone is the very hormone that brings on hair loss and you will be affected if you are genetically predisposed to hair loss.

If you have genetic hair loss and you use a birth control method that has a higher ratio of progesterone to estrogen, that may very well be contributing to your hair thinning or hair loss.

In light of this, the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) advises that women who know they have a genetic predisposition for hair loss, use non-hormonal forms of birth control or at least seek out the methods that have a low androgen index. In other words, switching to a pill that has higher levels of estrogen to progesterone could help reverse your hair loss.

Thinking It Over

All things considered, it is ideal that your health takes precedence over your need for aesthetic beauty, but it is understandable that you would want to protect yourself from unplanned pregnancies – and the situations that come with that- and have fabulous hair too.


The way to have your cake and eat it in this case, is to either seek out non-hormone methods or try the ones with the lowest or no androgen index. You might even research some of those natural methods I hinted at earlier to see if you find something that works for you or your partner (since natural methods seem to provide options for men as well).

Whatever you decide, consult a qualified medical doctor or naturopath before quitting your birth control. At least now you have the information you need to make the necessary assessment and decide what is right for you.

 

 

 

 

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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I think it’s important and really wish this author would have used the term hormonal contraception as that is obviously what they are referring too. To just use the term contraception also includes barrier methods like condoms or diaphragms and the copper IUD.