Four years ago I went on Ortho Tri Cyclen and loved it (cleared up my skin and no weird side effects. But it was discontinued where I fill my prescriptions so they put me on OTC Lo which was a disaster (I was emotional and my skin was horrible!). So after that I was switched to Ortho Novum 1/35 which ended up being the worst pill yet. I stayed on each pill for at least a year, though, despite the problems (in hindsight a bad thing, probably). Novum was causing gradual but noticeable hair loss for the whole year I was on it... and it made my skin break out the worst it's ever been. Anyways, because of that I went off novum and onto the generic of regular OTC (Tri Sprintec) a month ago (I'm on my 3rd day of the 2nd month's pills). The hair shedding stayed about the same until the 3rd week when it got much worse; then during the placebo week, it went back to normal! Yay! However, now into the 3rd day of my 2nd pack of Tri Sprintec, and the hair loss is starting to pick up again and I'm afraid it's going to get gradually worse throughout the month... I'm totally confused as to what to do. I don't get why OTC was great for me once but now is worsening the problems I tried to get away from... Also I have terrible scalp itching/tingling, both when shedding and when it was normal for that week. I get home in a week to see my Doctor, but have not gotten very useful advice from him in the past, anyways; the nurse here that I talked to suggested I try going back on the pills this month and after 2-3 days if it's causing hair loss again, I just stop. So here I am at the day 3 mark but that just seems to me like bad advice if hormone fluctuations are at the root of my problem... am I wrong there? Should I just quit until my Dr. can do bloodwork and figure something out or is that in fact likely to worsen my issues? And cause others?! I'm getting pretty desperate! I have a wedding next year and I'm terrified I won't have any hair left!! I am totally willing to go off hormones completely if that will help!! If anyone has ANY advice for me, I'd LOVE IT!!