Hair Guide

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES

All birth control pills have the ability to influence the growth and appearance of your scalp and body hair. While birth control pills may not affect your scalp hair at all, they can do so if you have a genetic predisposition to hormonal hair loss and/or a follicle sensitivity to androgens (male hormones).

In these cases, the effect they have on your hair can either be positive or negative, and this depends on the pill’s hormone combination and also on your body’s metabolism of the drug. Interestingly enough, certain birth control pills are sometimes prescribed solely to combat hair loss – such as Dainette in the case of hair loss associated with PCOS.

HAIR LOSS AND STOPPING THE PILL

Stopping the birth control pill can cause temporary hair shedding in any woman, regardless of her genetic predisposition and follicle sensitivity. Coming off of a contraceptive pill can result, although not always, in a type of post-partum shedding, which is caused by a sudden drop in oestrogen.

Try not to worry though - this is only short-term shedding and all the hair you lose will grow back. While your hair may start to fall out after stopping the pill or being diagnosed with PCOS, it’s important to remember that hair loss may not be a direct result of these. It can often be caused by different factors such as diet or stress or a combination of underlying issues.

Please note: Always consult your doctor or gynaecologist before changing, starting or stopping any contraceptive pill