I am currently taking Mircette - supposedly hair friendly, but low on estrogen. Hair is still shedding, not entirely sure what from, after about year (so many triggers!). I've gained weight and have very sore breasts from this BCP and possibly the hair shedding as well (not sure). I read a post on a BCP website from a girl that slowly weaned off bcps by cutting them down by a 1/4 for two months, another 1/4 for two months, etc. in order to avoid side effects, one being the massive post Bcp shed. I'm thinking about this as I am thinking that putting artificial hormones in my body may be keeping it unbalanced at all times. has anyone done this successfully? or I wonder if this will just make matters worse by slowly going off. ugh.