Oral contraceptives have been used by women for years and in 1960, it was approved by the FDA as a safe and effective contraceptive method. Even though oral contraceptives continue to be used by millions of women, few realize that oral contraceptives can cause hair loss. However, on the opposite side, oral contraceptives are also being prescribed for women who suffer from hair loss.
Oral Contraceptives are Safe but….
Many doctors and The American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) understand and say that oral contraceptives are relatively safe for most women and effective when used as birth control. In addition, many doctors and other health professionals say that there are other health benefits that the Pill offers women. However, it is important for women to keep in mind, especially women who have a history of hair loss in their family, to be aware of the sometimes shocking effects the Pill can have on a woman’s hair.
There are Risks with some Oral Contraceptives
It is important to note that the AHLA recommends that any woman who wants to use oral contraceptives to prevent a birth should only use certain birth control pills. This should also be discussed with a women’s gynecologist. Keep in mind, too, that certain hormonal contraceptives can cause hair loss such as Norplant, the skin patch and the vaginal ring.
Hair Loss is a Factor with some Oral Contraceptives
The following hormonal contraceptives have a high potential for causing hair loss. Keep in mind, though, that any medication that changes a woman’s hormones has the potential to cause hair loss. Here are some hormonal contraceptives that can cause hair loss:
- Progestin implants
- The skin patch
- Hormone injections
- The vaginal ring
Hair Growth is another problem with Oral Contraceptives
Because oral contraceptives contain certain hormones, many women experience an increase in the growth of their hair; while other women experience hair loss; especially hair loss once started taking oral contraceptives.
There are good Benefits from Oral Contraceptives
It is important to note that with most oral contraceptives, they can treat other health conditions such as cramps, heavy periods, acme and too much hair growth. Some women also produce an excess of male hormones. A high content of male hormones, causes unwanted hair in areas where women don’t want it such as on the face and on their back. However, with a birth control pill it can help avoid or lessen unwanted hair growth.
The birth control bill won’t entirety get rid of unwanted hair but it will keep new hair growth from growing. The good news here is that other treatments can help get rid of unwanted hair growth such as: laser, electrolysis and waxing. It is important to keep in mind that hair loss can come from other situations such as not taking birth control pills anymore, an abortion, a miscarriage, or a hormonal imbalance.