If you experience hormonal hair loss, i.e. increased shedding due to high follicle sensitivity to circulating androgens (male hormones), certain birth control pills can be very helpful. Such contraceptive pills are anti-androgenic, and so reduce the action of androgens on your hair follicles. Anti-androgenic pills contain two hormones – oestrogen and progestin, although some only contain progestin.
It’s important to note that androgens are present in all women, but in smaller amounts than men. However, some women’s hair follicles are sensitive to even normal or sub-normal amounts of male hormones, while others only experience hair loss when they have excess amounts – if at all. Examples of anti-androgenic contraceptive pills are Yasmin, Dianette and Cileste.
Certain contraceptive pills can cause or worsen hair loss. This, again, is down to the sensitivity of your hair follicles and your genetic predisposition. Pills like Levonorgestrel, Norethisterone and…
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