There are two different opinions about the role of birth control pills in affecting the health of hair follicles. While in general those pills don’t significantly affect hair health, sometimes they may also provoke hair loss during or after taking the pills. How to stop the problem?
Theoretically, many oral contraceptives are designed to help inhibit the process of ovulation by lowering the amounts of ovarian androgens which then eventually will prevent conception. And as well we know, having too high androgens may induce more DHT /dihydrotestosterone.
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Several decades ago, the imbalance level of testosterone hormone was thought as the most significant cause behind abnormal hair loss. But today, many experts realize that DHT has much more contribution than previously thought.
Women are generally considered to get a minute fraction of testosterone level that men get, but even a bit high of this hormone (higher than normal) could be potential to lead to DHT-triggered thinning hair in women.
Most birth control pills have been clinically tested and safe to use. They also can provide other health benefits for women. Even the pills can help improve the health of hair follicle since they can help control the production of ovarian androgens – as noted before.
However, not all women can take this advantage. Some women notice that they experience excessive hair loss – typically occurs several weeks /months after stopping the pills.
Actually, this issue is still not fully understood. But the hormonal changes triggered by the pills may be the answer.
The problem is more common in women with a history of hair loss in their family. Women of this group are more likely to have hair follicles that are hypersensitive to the changes of hormones. As a result, they may experience abnormal hair loss problem to varying degrees. This may occur on the pills, but more common after stopping the pills.
The key is you need to know exactly what your option! In general, hormonal-form of birth control pills work well for most women.
But if you do believe that one you’re taking may affect your hair health, you may need to consider another form of birth control. Consult more with your doctor for the best one that meets to your body needs!
Additionally, keep on a low-androgen index unless if you have a specific recommendation from your doctor due to certain condition – according to AHLA (the American Hair Loss Association). The use of a high-androgen index may provoke your thinning hair, ask your doctor for more advice!
And for those who have a strong predisposition for genetic thinning hair in their family, it’s much better to choose other non-hormonal forms of birth control.