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Switching Birth Control

Discussion in 'Medications that can cause Hair Loss' started by Satine, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Satine

    Satine Guest

    Hi everyone …I was having a lot of shedding and hairloss before my Endo put me on Spironolactone and Biotin to get my testosterone and other issues worked out …after about 3 months of this my shedding came to a stop and my hair was looking a lot better …fast forward to now…about 2 months ago my Gyno put me on a new birth control pill ( Seasonique ) because I was having horrible cramps and headaches with the one I was on…now I have the shedding back at an alarming rate…I was wondering if any of you experienced this when switching birth control and if it straightened out after a while.

  2. Blue Bird

    Blue Bird Guest

    Seasonique has androgenic progersterone in it I THINK. It could be causeing the shed...

    The only hair friendly pills there are are

    Diane 35
    and a few others.....

    I would switch the pill!!
  3. GoodYear

    GoodYear Guest

    Hi Satine,

    Seasonique has levenorgestrel as the progesteron hormone. This is a synthetique hormone derived from testosteron and it acts slighty androgen. If you have Androgenetic Alopecia, it is not the right BCP for you. Then you take a BCP like Bunnyheather says (anti-androgen BCP).
    I also had a BCP with levenorgestrel: after 1,5 years of that I noticed thinning and I have Androgenetic Alopecia. I switched to diane 35 and it lowered a bit my shed.
    For pain stomach and headache I can imagine that seasonique is not 'special' to that or so to lower that. But I am not sure of that.

    This is seasonique from the FDA site:

    So, yes, if your shedding is because of hormones: switch.
  4. Blue Bird

    Blue Bird Guest

    other BCPS can help period pain. I have NONE now that I am on Diane 35
  5. Satine

    Satine Guest

    Thanks for your help - I have never even heard of Diane 35 before I came her, my gyno has never mentioned it ...I have an appt with her in June, so I will give it until then to see if the shed decreases, otherwise I will have her switch me to the Diane or Yaz ...
  6. alicat

    alicat Guest

    Diane 35 is acne therapy, not a BCP. It's also not available in the USA.
  7. GoodYear

    GoodYear Guest

    Its so strange that it is not available in the US, isnt it?
  8. alicat

    alicat Guest

    I guess so? I guess they probably have drugs that we don't?!
  9. GoodYear

    GoodYear Guest

    Oh, yes that is for sure;-). But it so strange as it is a very common med in Europe..you would expect diane is also available in the us.
  10. alicat

    alicat Guest

    I think I heard that Canada and Europe have the same sort of meds available.
  11. angieangie

    angieangie Guest

    Satine, what birth control were you using before Seasonique? I would chose Yasmin if I were you, or Yaz if the one you were taking before is a lower dose of estrogen than Yasmin (Yaz is slightly lighter than Yasmin). I think Diane 35 is illegal or not availbale in the States, but there are ways to get it (ask Bunny). But it is the strongest, so I wouldn't recommend go onto it unless you really need it. I take Yasmin and I never have any cramps at all or headaches, and I always did before.

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