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by Saphire82 » July 17, 2005 at 11:21 pm #38182

Hi;

The people on this forum seem to be very knowledgeable about hair loss. I thought I’d try to get some answers about my own experience of hair loss.

I’m 22 years old. I’d like to think I’m pretty healthy. I can’t exactly say when my hair loss started, because I know that it’s normal for everyone to shed hair slightly, but I’d say that over the last year and a half my hair loss has been excessive. I had extremely naturally curley and long (about 20 inches or more) thick brown hair which is now super thin both with the thickness and structure of the strands. Over the past year and a half, I have lost over half of my hair. I’d say at least 60% is gone. Most of the time in the shower, Id say at least 500+ strands are left in the drain. And that’s not including blow-drying/brushing/etc. When I look at the strands that come out, most if not all of them have a little white spot/ball on the end. So I know that it must be some sort of internal problem that is making my hair fall out. Most of the time its the long hairs falling out, and sometimes I also notice short hairs falling out also.

I am not positive as to what the actual reason for my hair loss is. I think it may be from the starting of BC pills, but I am aware that there are many other reasons for hair loss; stress, anemia, diet, thyroid problems, etc etc etc. I’ve had my thyroid checked a few years back and everything seemed normal. My diet is pretty regular and balanced. As far as a quick overview of my life, I am a college student who is double majoring and working 2 jobs (telemarketing job and digital maping job). I have a long term boyfriend of 4 years, there is some stress here … friends and family also cause some stress, but nothing more than what I consider would be normal. I realize stress can cause hair loss, and although I have had quite a bit of stress in my life (who hasn’t?) I don’t feel this is the main reason to lose 60-70% of your hair!

The only thing that I can think of that can be causing this is the BC pills. I am currently not on any other medications, other than a multivitamin (centrium). I started using birth-control pills about a 2 1/2-3 years ago. A couple months after I started using Mircette, I noticed that I shedded quite a bit more hair than usual. I didn’t think anything of it, because I was often reminded that normal shedding ranges from 50-100 hairs/day. After 6 months or so I could tell there was something definately going on, so I was switched to Lesinna. It was frustrating because since I don’t have any bald spots, both times I went in for this problem the doctor just kind of laughed at me and seemed as if she thought I was stupid for coming in. Well I know that Im not bald but when your hair starts falling out excessively you sort of want to STOP it from becoming bald or getting any THINNER! I started noticing gobs of hair falling out in the shower, in my brush, when I blow-dry, and even just during normal times throughout the day. When I run my hands through my hair I always get even more that come out. I’ve been to the doctor and dermatologist a few times since this has started… and of course they said the typical ‘its probably from stress, it will go away eventually’; they had wonderful suggestons such as “getting rid of my stress” and taking a “multivitamin”. I could have gotten better advice from my 6 year old neice. I thought that this would all eventually just go away once my body was use to the BC pills. But it’s been over a year and a half and this situation is getting out of control. The switching BC pills idea obviously didn’t seem to help, as I am still shedding even more to this day.

I tried to believe that the hair loss would just go away magically, but it never did. I started looking online for answers, and found this website. Its amazing that most of the people on here are going through the same things as I am, you know you always feel sort of alone when these things start to happen and i

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by Member19576 » July 22, 2005 at 7:26 am #38308

I have been going through the exact same thing, at 27. I have been on birth control since I was 20, and my hair has been very gradually thinning since then. I didn’t put two and two together, because I’ve been on several different kinds of birth control pills and the thinning has been so gradual that I didn’t really know what to attribute it to.
I’ve always had fine hair, but a good ammount of it, and to have to work so hard to style it so that only I know is painful and upsetting. I went for blood tests, had thyroid tests done,etc. Nothing abnormal found. I’m going to a dermotologist in two weeks, so I’m hoping that will help.
I went off the pill on Monday for good. I’m really praying that the pill was the problem, because using other kinds of birth control is do-able, while losing my hair isn’t.
And believe me, I know what you mean about doctors. They seem to think it would be better to see if I go totally bald before helping!
If it’s any consolation (and I know it probably isn’t) you probably notice more than anyone else does. My husband and family know I’m upset, but don’t notice any thinning. I tell them they don’t have to watch it come out in the shower, so they don’t really know. But they are supportive, so that’s what counts.
Sounds like you have stress, but you’re right, stress shouldn’t do that much. And that’s everyone, you know? If stress did it, most of the world would be bald.
I hope you find out what it is, maybe it is the pill. I’m new to this forum, so I feel better when I know that other young people are going through this too.

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by jedi3001 » July 23, 2005 at 8:49 am #38329

Saphire82: Common hairloss is more than just due to genes and hormones (dht). Or medications. There are usually complicating factors. Finding a comprehensive hair loss regimen that works for you is a trial and error process. It took me a while. I am a male; I have both diffuse and pattern hair loss. &&& For example, why do anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories work for some people? Surely there is more going on here than is presently understood :-) &&& I am impressed by the apple cider vinegar (ACV) hair rinse (spray) idea. I dilute the ACV to 20% strength with bottled purified spring water. I add a little vegetable glycerin (comes from olive oil, I understand), bht, and some msm to this to enhance the effect. I put it in an empty spray bottle like the kind they sell at the supermarket. I refrigerate the product between uses. This is something simple and inexpensive that anyone can make up. Try this before getting into more involved treatments. I spray it on after a shower/ towel drying of the hair, and work it in with a natural boar bristle hairbrush. It makes the hair look and feel very healthy, if nothing else. The vinegary part may help to kill any scalp infection that is at the “root” (no pun intended) of your problem. &&& Some people say that a topical carrier/essential oil blend (originally used in aromatherapy massage) can help to STOP hair loss in its tracks in a number of cases. Riquette Hofstein’s new book in this vein, entitled “Grow New Hair in 90 Days”, apparantly re-released as “Grow Hair Fast –Seven Steps to a New Head of Hair in 90 Days”, may be of interest to you. You can find more info on the web at Good luck!

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by trueroman99 » July 31, 2005 at 10:37 pm #38521

Saphire82 said:
Hi;

The people on this forum seem to be very knowledgeable about hair loss. I thought I’d try to get some answers about my own experience of hair loss.

I’m 22 years old. I’d like to think I’m pretty healthy. I can’t exactly say when my hair loss started, because I know that it’s normal for everyone to shed hair slightly, but I’d say that over the last year and a half my hair loss has been excessive. I had extremely naturally curley and long (about 20 inches or more) thick brown hair which is now super thin both with the thickness and structure of the strands. Over the past year and a half, I have lost over half of my hair. I’d say at least 60% is gone. Most of the time in the shower, Id say at least 500+ strands are left in the drain. And that’s not including blow-drying/brushing/etc. When I look at the strands that come out, most if not all of them have a little white spot/ball on the end. So I know that it must be some sort of internal problem that is making my hair fall out. Most of the time its the long hairs falling out, and sometimes I also notice short hairs falling out also.

I am not positive as to what the actual reason for my hair loss is. I think it may be from the starting of BC pills, but I am aware that there are many other reasons for hair loss; stress, anemia, diet, thyroid problems, etc etc etc. I’ve had my thyroid checked a few years back and everything seemed normal. My diet is pretty regular and balanced. As far as a quick overview of my life, I am a college student who is double majoring and working 2 jobs (telemarketing job and digital maping job). I have a long term boyfriend of 4 years, there is some stress here … friends and family also cause some stress, but nothing more than what I consider would be normal. I realize stress can cause hair loss, and although I have had quite a bit of stress in my life (who hasn’t?) I don’t feel this is the main reason to lose 60-70% of your hair!

The only thing that I can think of that can be causing this is the BC pills. I am currently not on any other medications, other than a multivitamin (centrium). I started using birth-control pills about a 2 1/2-3 years ago. A couple months after I started using Mircette, I noticed that I shedded quite a bit more hair than usual. I didn’t think anything of it, because I was often reminded that normal shedding ranges from 50-100 hairs/day. After 6 months or so I could tell there was something definately going on, so I was switched to Lesinna. It was frustrating because since I don’t have any bald spots, both times I went in for this problem the doctor just kind of laughed at me and seemed as if she thought I was stupid for coming in. Well I know that Im not bald but when your hair starts falling out excessively you sort of want to STOP it from becoming bald or getting any THINNER! I started noticing gobs of hair falling out in the shower, in my brush, when I blow-dry, and even just during normal times throughout the day. When I run my hands through my hair I always get even more that come out. I’ve been to the doctor and dermatologist a few times since this has started… and of course they said the typical ‘its probably from stress, it will go away eventually’; they had wonderful suggestons such as “getting rid of my stress” and taking a “multivitamin”. I could have gotten better advice from my 6 year old neice. I thought that this would all eventually just go away once my body was use to the BC pills. But it’s been over a year and a half and this situation is getting out of control. The switching BC pills idea obviously didn’t seem to help, as I am still shedding even more to this day.

I tried to believe that the hair loss would just go away magically, but it never did. I started looking online for answers, and found this website. Its amazing that most of the people on here are going through the same things as I am, you know you always feel sort of alone when these things st

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by trueroman99 » July 31, 2005 at 10:45 pm #38522

Saphire82 said:
Hi;

The people on this forum seem to be very knowledgeable about hair loss. I thought I’d try to get some which is now super thin both with the thickness and structure of the strands. Over the past year and a half, I have lost over half of my hair. I’d say at least 60% is gone. Most of the time in the shower, Id say at least 500+ strands are left in the drain. And that’s not including blow-drying/brushing/etc. When I look aout, most if not all of them have a little white spot/ball that it must be some sort of internal problem that is Most of the time its thehairs falling out also.

Get a new Doctor. Yes BC pills can cause this problem .Yes you can take Biotin it helps .and yes the pill sounds to strong for you,everyone is different,and you need to see a female doctor ( sometimes they are more understanding about these matters) and finally ,You don’t take a excessive amount of vitamin “A” do you ? and I assume your not taking amphetimines .

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by ExperiencedHairlossGuy » August 3, 2005 at 3:53 pm #38570

Hey Saphire,

I really feel bad for you! It’s been hard enough for me, and I’m a guy, so it must be twice as hard for you being female.

In my personal opinion, birth control pills are not good for many reasons. It’s not a good idea to mess with nature, those chemicals could be causing all kinds of problems to your body, I’ve made clear to my wife that I’d rather not make love to her at all than have her taking those. Taking b.c. pills is like playing with fire, despite what your friendly doctor might tell you. For starters it’s been proven to lower your sex drive permanently!

Normally when I hear of women who suffer from hair loss, they’re a lot older than you. When I saw your age it set off lots of warning sirens in my mind. I remember once chatting with a girl on here of a similar age who was suffering from hair loss, it eventually turned out that she had had an abortion a year earlier which hadn’t been performed properly. Her body was confused as to what had happened to the baby (as happens with all abortions), this causes lots of problems by itself, but then something had been left bleeding inside and in the end she almost died. Hopefully your situation is completely different and nowhere near as serious, though whatever happens I feel that there is something wrong with your health which is the underlying cause, as females don’t tend to naturally lose hair at such a young age as yourself.

In my opinion you shouldn’t delay in getting your condition investigated further, especially as it could be something more serious. I hope all goes well!!

Take care

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by ExperiencedHairlossGuy » August 8, 2005 at 4:29 pm #38696

Hi again,

Here’s some of the info from

It looks useful!

Common causes of hair loss or hair thinning in women:

* thyroid or liver disease
* hepatic or renal failure
* anesthesia
* childbirth
* starting or stopping birth control pills
* very high fever
* severe stress
* anemia (sometimes seen in runners)
* hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
* essential fatty acid deficiency
* zinc deficiency
* any condition that upsets the ovarian, adrenal, or pituitary axis
* protein deficiency (common with vegetarian diets)
* anorexia or bulimia
* too much vitamin A
* local viral, fungal, or protozoan infection
* drug toxicity
* antimitotics – such as those used for chemotherapy
* bromocriptine – used to inhibit lactation
* beta blockers
* ACE inhibitors
* amphetamines
* anticholesterol agents

Most doctors agree that if you have a oily scalp with thinning hair, frequent shampooing is advised. Shampooing can reduce surface sebum, which contains high levels of testosterone and DHT that may reenter the skin and affect the hair follicle.

Specific foods or vitamins don’t regrow hair, although good nutrition is essential for healthy hair.

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by george87 » May 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm #152573

usually hair loss in women have to do with BC pills, women changes, or alopecia. Go see a doctor, take more vitamins like B vitamins. If your hair loss continues see a doctor, you are to young to be losing hair, I would say your BC pills are to blame.


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by Lava212 » May 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm #152575

I agree that birth control pills are probably to blame. There was a girl I knew who was on birth control for years and her hair became really thin over time. Her hair had no bald spots, but was really fine and didn’t have much body. Not to make light of your situation, we wish you luck as we all fight our battles, but ts interesting to get feedback from a female who has gone through what was typically a male-only realm. How did you typically view hairloss before your encounter? The common consensus is that the ones who say hairloss is no big deal are the ones who have all their hair. Has your experience changed how you view the commonly overlooked hairloss disorder? It did me. I always thought hairloss looked foolish, but didn’t really rag on it. My dad was bald my whole life and it just never looked right to me. Lucky for me is that I’m getting to the age where its more socially normal. I started when I was 17 but now have 90% of my hair remaining. For females though, its not really an accepted “norm” at any age. We all wish you luck, but I really think it probably is the birth control pills.


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by DrDeepak » April 30, 2014 at 3:24 am #190795

you may be taking too much stress

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by Marie CHin » January 20, 2015 at 9:55 pm #193185

Slow the hair loss by applying minoxidil (Rogaine) to the scalp twice a day. The drug works on both women and men, although women should use a lower-strength formula to prevent unnecessary side effects. Women should not use minoxidil if they are pregnant or nursing. Men may be treated with finasteride (Propecia), an oral medication.

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by Nough » March 23, 2015 at 4:38 am #193278

I too have the hair loss problem for the past 3 years and am 29 now. For a quick and fast remedy to get from the hair loss problem is using wigs or extensions. Yes, in my personal opinion am facing so much of problems during my hair loss period. One of my friends asked me to try some hair extensions which help you to avoid unnecessary hair loss problems and worries. Then, let I took one decision just to try some remy hair extension, which I bought from “Priyaanka Hair Traders”. After few days, this trick reduce my stress of hair loss problem. Better You try this for your temporary relief!

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by radhika » March 25, 2015 at 6:58 am #193296

It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness (more on that later).
But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary—a vitamin deficiency—to the more complex, like an underlying health condition.

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by M.Regrowth » March 26, 2015 at 10:12 am #193316

I would recommend consulting your physician. However, there are a lot of shampoos out there that may be able to help. I have noticed a difference when using a ketoconazole shampoo.

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by radhika » April 4, 2015 at 3:29 am #193338

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