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Has Anyone Ever Been Diagnosed With Androgenetic Alopecia And Never Took Birth Control?

Discussion in 'AGA Related Blood Work and Doctors' started by Jettie, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Jettie

    Jettie New Member

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    I think that birth control is the cause of my Androgenetic Alopecia. I have read a million stories on here of women who were diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia and had a history of being on birth control. I don't understand why my doctor says there is no relationship between my ortho tri-cyclen lo and my hair loss. So I was wondering has anyone never taken birth control but still suffer from hair loss?
     
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    Hey Jettie - I've never taken birth control and I've been losing hair since my late teens :(

    Edit: I haven't been formally diagnosed, btw. Can I ask how you got the diagnosis? I've been to one derm who barely glanced at me before sending me off with a prescription for rogaine. I would really like to get a formal diagnosis..
     
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    I was just formally diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia by biopsy recently and have never taken birth control. I started loosing hair in my mid 20's, my younger sister started loosing hers when she stopped the pill in her late teens.
     
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    Yes, I had it before I ever took birth control pills. I first noticed it when I was bout 19 or 20.
     
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    Jettie New Member

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    Thank you guys for replying!
     
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    I saw a hair loss specialist. I saw many dermatologists and regular doctors who brushed it off as stress before then it took me about 2 years to get a formal diagnosis.
     
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    I went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. The diagnosis has not helped me really, my insurance still does not cover wigs or treatments
     
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    When I was younger I had some thinning caused by my ortho tri cyclen. I didn't realize it though until I looked back at pictures and I have the same loss I do now, right in the front middle at the hairline, but it had grown back after I stopped the pills! My current loss is from a DIM supplement to try and regulate my cycles. It regulated them, but started this awful mess. Now my loss is in the same spot as before but also more diffuse after all of this time. I am hoping it didn't somehow trigger Androgenetic Alopecia :(
    But then I think, how is lowered estrogen from a supplement causing Androgenetic Alopecia? Wouldn't it make sense to fix the hormone imbalance problem? Especially since I am in my early 30's?? It has been 2 years though and a full year off the supplement and no growth. It is heartbreaking.
     
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    I have never taken birth control and suffer from hair loss. My hair loss has steadily progressed throughout the last 3 years despite all I’ve tried to counter it. I’ve gotten all the blood work done (normal) and no family history yet still continued hair loss. Hang in there
     
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    My hair loss began when I was 13 just when I hit puberty. I was on birth control for a few years in my twenties. However I don’t think that made the hair loss worse. I think it improved it a bit. I was diagnosed with PCOS, hypothyroidism and androgenetic alopecia when I was 28. I was on glucophage, synthesis and Aldactone for 8 years. Then when I lost a lot of weight, I was off glucophage. Even though PCOS symptoms related to period improved a lot. Hair loss continued. Doctors wanted to try birth control but I was skeptical since they made me put on weight. So I never went that avenue again. But I know some doctors use birth control to actually stop and delay hair thinning so I think somehow hormonal treatment helps more than topical. I was always told that whatever I have lost was not growing back.i tried minoxidil once and it grew but as soon as I stopped it fell too. I looked into hair transplant and a few doctors were willing to do the surgery on me. One was however honest and told me that it will fall again no matter what. I explored several options and I encouraged you to do it. Everyone is so different and reacts different to treatment. Last year I decided to get a wig and in the process I discovered that I did not want to maintain my hair and the wig at the same time. So in a bold move, I shaved my head and I felt so free! I ended up finding a wiig and now I am trying to adjust to it. It feels amazing having hair! But a bald look is easy! After waiting for my wig for so long people used to my new bald me that now that I wear a wig they say they prefer the bald look better!
     

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