• over 2 years ago

    Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Mid May I was able to stop taking my birth control pills after my Husband was given the clear following his vasectomy. I was on different generic versions of tri pills (tri sprintec, tri previfem) for about 10 years with no health issues. Currently My periods are normal and I have had every one when I was supposed to. They last a few days, not heavy, mild cramping. About a week after my cycles I experience some cramping which I think is ovulation? Overall I would be considered healthy. 5'4"- 130lbs.
    Around Mid July I noticed after my showers and even very gently combing my hair it is coming out in massive amounts. Then even more as I'm gently trying to style my hair. (Warm blow dry, warm flat iron, gently gliding hair).
    I went to store and bought a hair skin and nails supplement and started it right away. Started doing online searches and found this has happened to many, many women. But haven't found clear answers just how much hair will I lose, will I go bald, when will it stop?
    At this point I'm at 3 months since stopping the pill and about 1 full month of shedding.
    My stress level is through the roof. This has consumed me, I'm scared to look in mirror, I hate going to work and out and I'm always looking at others hair and thinking why is this happening to me.
    I've bought several hair loss shampoos, and supplements.. not sure if they work.
    I purchased it works hair skin nails vitamins, vivascal, Maca, and biosil. Still trying to figure out how to safely take all 4 ??
    Aug 1 I saw my gynecologist. He was not too concerned. Just pretty much told me it happens. You'll lose it and it will grow back. Unless you have a genetic condition. Which I don't think I do.. no other female bald family members. A few days later I saw my family Dr. She seemed a little clueless. Sent me for bloodwork. My thyroid and iron levels are fine. Waiting on testosterone check. She told me if it continues I could see a dermatologist. I've read a dermatologist pretty much just gives you Rogaine and I'm not sure I want to start that as I've heard you will experience a shed on that as well and you can't stop the treatment. I've also read it's not for hormonal hair loss.
    I feel like I've lost half of my already thin hair. I felt like I had an ok few days with the hair loss.. it was a lot more than what I considered normal a few months ago but less than when this nightmare started. Then yesterday morning I had a huge amount I pulled off my comb then another pile from gentle styling.
    I'm sinking into depression, crying at any given moment. I still have hair, nothing what it used to be. I can hair spray my hair and clip it back so to someone meeting me they would never suspect I'm going through this massive shed. But it's very clear to me. And my husband has noticed the difference as well however he's being very sweet and gentle about it.
    Has anyone been through this?
    How bad will it get?
    Any suggestions on what to do?
    I'm a month into shedding, how much longer will it last? I've read 3-6 months?? Is that just shedding or from the time you stop the pill? I seriously don't even have another month of shed left on my head.
    Will I go bald?

    Thank you so much for any help, suggestions you can give me.

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  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Baldness has a massive psychological impact on women because they are going bald. Mostly women use the contraceptive medicines to control the birth. such type of medicines cause the hair loss due to the disturbance of hormones. Trichologist says, Weight loss, iron deficiency, poor diet, stress and hormonal imbalances, can all cause hair loss.
      • over 2 years ago
        I have never taken birth control my hair were thick but start to thin around the age of 55 -60 was healthy no deficiency no thyroid. but after using Rogain got a little improvement. Stopped Roagain for a year or two as I think all meds have side effects but start to loose hair again at age 68. Checked thioroid and was below level now taking one pill a day and Rogian again. Hair has some improvement but using every day is pain in the neck My thyroid is back to normal still taking a pill this month after blood test Dr may reduce the pill gradually. Iam physically fit and eat healthy sometime eat chicken mostly eat vegeterian since Childhood. I see almost everyone has the same hair loosing problem it has to do with enviorenment and water and even vegetables, fruits that are grown with psticides. Milk ofcourse is not the same. Meat is totally unhealthy these days. Dr don't know themselves why and how to stop hair loss. I say don't use hair styling rods they enlarge pores don't use harsh shampoos start to use pure coconut oil at least once a week see if it helps. eating fish doesn't help either. product sold in market similar to Rogain are not solution either. I am waiting for someone to give some personally tried remedy.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Don't be afraid to use Rogaine. It's just a small amount of mousse massaged in each night and the effect on my babyfine and fragile hair has been to boost its length, volume and shine 200%. I love its results and recommend to all friends with fine hair.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    I was on birth control and then hrt for many years after hysterectomy. When I stopped hrt my hair got very thin on top. The dermatologist says I have inherited male pattern baldness and recommended Rogaine foam. I tried for 4 months and it didn't help me. I used to comb my hair to the left and now comb to the left which makes my hair look thicker.Good luck.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    The only thing I see working is implant but my hair are thin and light so implant may not work. I am 72 looking 62 so it is not wise for me.
    Stop using styling products, the chemicals must be too harsh for the hair. Eat healthy cut down on meat gradually. Drink purified water the chemicals in everything is killing the hair. I Eat reasonable amount of nuts but hair growth has not improved. I will keep on checking , if someone has fool proof idea.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    This is a decent article for Female Hair Loss - http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WomensHealth/reasons-losing-hair/story?id=13320129 I suffered hair loss similar to yours but after a severe illness in 2013. I started noticing my hair coming out in clumps and it was very disheartening as I was recovering. I read an article similar to the one above and figured out that my culprit was most likely Telogen Effluvium(hair loss due to severe trauma or stress). I spoke to my doctor's nurse and she said that people had some success with Biotin(B7) about 5000mg once per day for me. I started the Biotin and cut my my hair much shorter so that it wouldn't be stringy and I did minimal styling. Large comb/air dry. It took about 3 months but I started noticing new hair growth at my scalp line and it gradually grew in with a more normal hair loss(avg 100 hairs/ per day from articles I have read). I still take Biotin for my hair and nails. I would say which ever direction you choose, whether Vitamins or Rogaine or both, try to be patient and give it time to work. Maybe your testosterone test will reveal something. There is a section in the article that mentions it. I know it's hard but try and look for temporary fixes to keep your stress level down while you are working thru this. I wish you the best of luck
  • RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    I’m sorry you’re having such a rough time with your hair shedding, especially since your hair is already thin. But, I’m glad others don’t seem to notice it with the changes you’ve made styling your hair style.
    Hair loss can happen after a major change with your body like stopping birth control pills. From the information you gave, including your visits to the gynecologist and family doctor, it seems like that’s the diagnosis. It’s called telogen effluvium, and it’s when more hairs than usual go into the shedding phase. The good news is the hair loss is most often temporary. And, it doesn’t usually progress to baldness.
    The suggestion to see your dermatologist is a good one. Your dermatologist can confirm that your hair loss is telogen effluvium. She’ll likely have suggestions to help you feel better about how you look. And if your dermatologist suggests a medication for your scalp - that’s okay. As far as the supplements and products you’re using, take them with you to the dermatology appointment. She can sort through them and tell you what will be worthwhile. Hope the hair loss improves soon!
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Unfortunately, if you keep taking that much biotin daily, you WILL develop acne.
      • over 2 years ago
        I take biotin made with Coconut oil , 10000 mcg and prenatal multivitamin plus use rogain once a day (liquid) not mouse. Hair looks better. My Dr checked Thyroid and i will test this week again. Most of us don't pay attention to Thyroid that must be checked if you are loosing weight or putting on weight and loosing hair etc. Must of us do not nourish hair with oil, they become dry and thing after sometime they start to fall that is my theory. Food has lot to do with your health too. In india we were told to use pure coconut oil atleast once or twice a week you could wash hair next day but no one uses oil anymore they think it will smell. Pure coconut oil does not smell. I don't know what is good or bad anymore. I think just eat right, keep fit, don't over indulge in anyting . Have good 8 hrs sleep and you will be ok. :)
      • over 2 years ago
        I ,fortunately, have not had a problem with taking Biotin and acne although I have read articles that tie Biotin to acne. I believe there are so many factors tied to whether these type of suggestions will work. Individual hormone levels, diet, dietary restrictions or issues, being prone to acne and so on. I wish there were a clear cut solution to these type of issues but, unfortunately, I think it becomes trial and error as to what works for each individual if all medical reasons have been ruled out by Doctors/tests. My experience with Biotin has been increased hair growth and nail strength which used to be brittle and prone to breaking. I also agree with shobhat2002 in the importance of a good foundation, what I call my three legged stool. Good diet, regular exercise and positive attitude
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Hi All! Thank you for your responses!

    I just wanted to give an update on how I've been doing since posting this. When I was at the peak of all this I spent a lot of time online researching it and found a lot of similar posts from other women however they never checked back in to let others know their outcome.

    I stopped taking my birth control pills in May. July is when the hair shed started and peaked in August. I have lost what I feel like is half my hair mass. I already had thin/fine hair to begin with. I cut my hair so it falls just right below my shoulders so it wouldn't look as stringy. I purchased so many different hair loss shampoos on Amazon... NONE of which helped, just made my hair look worse. I started using Biota Botanicals shampoo and conditioner which was the BEST! It's formulated for thinning, fine hair. Its available at CVS, Walmart, ULTA. It kept my hair soft and manageable.
    From some other forums I found I had also started taking MACA capsules which I have recently stopped. After I stopped my pill after 10 years I have had my period every single month, on time, and about a week after my period I feel my body ovulating. I think the Maca is more so for women who have not gotten their period and are trying to regulate their hormones to get a period and ovulate. I also got a hair, skin and nails supplement and at my peak was taking the recommended 3 a day. Which is 5000mg of Biotin. As a previous poster replied... high amounts of biotin will cause acne. Get yourself a good face wash to keep it under control. I am now down to just 1 capsule a day just to get some vitamins and minerals in me. I also started drinking bamboo tea every single day. I love the Uncle Lee's tea Bamboo mint which you can purchase on Amazon. Bamboo is supposed to be amazing for your hair... and I'm slowly getting better so I'm not stopping.

    Back to my morning hair routine... I found that the more I tried to hide my shedding and hair thinning the worse my hair looked. To the point I even had a co-worker ask me if I needed a brush :/
    I shampoo and condition my hair with the Biota every morning. Drape a towel over my head to towel dry. Use a wide tooth comb to detangle. I got Kenra Professional platinum volumizing spray from the salon. It gives my roots some boost to make my scalp look fuller. I also use a drop of Suave keratin heat defense leave in conditioner for my ends. I give my hair a blow dry alternating between hot and cool settings to keep heat down. I then put my flat iron on lowest setting and start right away before it gets to hot and quickly do my ends to get rid of frizz and smooth it out a little. The routine has been working for me... remember less is more!!

    It's now end of September and I've been noticing over the past week my shedding and loss has drastically reduced. When I comb my hair the amount in the comb seems to be the normal amount as it was prior to all this. No more clumps and literally hundreds of hairs. Praying I am returning to normal shedding patterns. While my hair is nothing what it was before... I'm NOT bald, if I pick up my hair in some sections I can see my scalp but I still have hair! and most people would not even notice anything is/was wrong. Most importantly it is growing back in, I understand it does take some time though. Rogaine was not an option for me... Not only is it NOT for hormonal hair loss but can spike another shed along with your current shed. NO thank you!!

    If you are reading this and going through it... just please know it will stop.. you will not go bald... your hair will grow back. Hang in there!
      • over 2 years ago
        That's so great that you are seeing the new hair growth!! Now a suggestion, if you ever feel bad in the future about a "bad hair day" Go back and read your original post. I find I keep things in perspective that way. Congrats!!
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi - I am going through a similar thing (stopped Yaz in November) lots of hair shedding started in January and was up and down for a bit but still shedding through this past month February.. hoping it's almost over. Has your hair returned back to normal?
      • over 1 year ago
        Siannel- I am so sorry to hear you are going through this.
        I am back to "normal" shedding patterns and have been since roughly October. I did not go bald, at the peak of this I thought for sure I would with the amount of hair I was losing and had already lost. It DOES STOP, you just have to be patient, take vitamins and take care of yourself!
        I'm finding this is a LONG process. My hair is not what it used to be. My hair was already thin before this happened and now it is really thin! I can pretty much use one of this tiny butterfly clips to put my entire head of hair up. I notice however most people around me have not noticed a change. I have new hair coming in all over. On the top of my head a lot baby hairs about 1.5"
        long and its crazy and stands up all over. I had previously read another girls post it was over a year until she felt her hair had returned to "normal". I'm guessing by July when I'm at my year mark all the new hairs that have been coming in and are coming in will be about chin length for me.. adding to the hair I did not lose... i can probably do a good chop and feel like I'm as close to back to normal as possible. It's really taken a lot of my self esteem. I look at pictures of my hair taken just weeks prior to this starting and I just want to cry. I just try to keep positive... the massive shed has been over... and new hair is coming in.
        I wish you the best. Try to keep yourself positive... it will stop!! If you need anything else or have any other questions please feel free to reach out. I'm here!
      • over 1 year ago
        Wow thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful and thorough response! It made me want to cry reading this because it’s just nice to hear some positive news from someone who’s been through the same thing and has made it to the other side of this nightmare! I feel like it’s hard thing to talk about to other people and hard for people who haven’t experienced this to relate to it. I’m so glad to hear you are doing better and I hope this is about the peak for me since I stopped in November. I also had a very stressful life event in beginning of November which I read can also trigger hair shedding so feeling like I got a double whammy.

        Just a couple other questions. Do you think the biotin made a big difference? I’m taking a multivitamin with biotin in it and vitamin D right now and also just bought spearmint tea. Also did you notice your eyebrows affected at any point? This past week my eyebrow hair has thinned out a bit which made me more depressed about this whole situation. But I can already see a bunch of tiny hairs growing back in so feeling grateful for that a least.

        The only other thing I was thinking of doing was hormone testing since my cycle hasn’t been normal. It took about 40 days for my first period after stopping the pill but I’m sure that’s just my body readjusting since I was also on pill for 10-11 years!

        Also - last question! Did you have issues with your scalp being oily/dry? I read that can be from hormones too but curious to hear how that might be related to the hair loss and when it peaked. My scalp got super oily last month, and now it's super dry w/dry flakes. I guess it's just all part of the body rebalancing things!

        Thanks so much again for your hopeful and encouraging message!

        My name is Stephanie also btw :)
      • over 1 year ago
        siannel - Stephanie =)

        It truly was a nightmare for me as well. I had to keep assuring myself "things could be worse" Aside from losing my hair which I felt was devastating... I was healthy! The first few days I noticed there was not clumps of hair in my comb anymore it felt like such a relief and helped to boost my spirits.

        My eyelashes and eyebrows were not affected at all.

        My hair has always been oily on the scalp. If I miss a day washing my hair for whatever reason it's like an oil slick. However my ends are dry.
        I think right now because my hair has thinned out and I blow dry and flat iron everyday my hair is pretty damaged. I've been trying numerous shampoos to try and find something that works good. Won't weigh down my fine strands, wont make my hair even more oily. I'm just waiting to get to that point where I can give my hair a good chop and get off all the dead stuff. I did notice at one point though even though my scalp was oily I think I had some dandruff.. never had it before though so I'm not 100% sure.. I think the one shampoo I was using was the culprit. I've stopped using it and haven't noticed flakes.

        I was taking a hair, skin, and nails supplement. It had 5000mg of biotin in it. I think it was too much for me. I'm already very acne prone and i found it is true... biotin will cause breakouts! So not only was I having hair issues but then I started really bad breakouts. I stopped the hair, skin and nails vitamin when my shedding stopped. Possibly if I would have started a different brand with not so much biotin maybe my new growth would be farther along??

        My periods have been consistent. I have gotten every period since I stopped the pill around exactly when expected. i did purchase Maca on Amazon. it had a lot of great reviews from others who experienced this. I bought the Viva Naturals Maca. I take 1 or 2 daily. Maca is supposed to regulate your hormones. Your hormones going out of control is apparently one of the causes of the shedding. I don't think it will help with hair growth but I think it helps to keep your body in check. I also purchased on Amazon organic bamboo tea. Bamboo is supposed to be wonderful for your hair. I drink tea everyday anyway so I thought why not make it bamboo!!

        I felt pretty alone too. I'm close with my 2 sisters and my Mom and I mentioned my troubles to them and all I heard was "you'll be fine"... but I didn't feel fine at the time. I was scared!! My Husband was so supportive too He helped me through it. Like I said in a previous comment I had read soooo many message boards from woman going through the exact same thing it was like I could have written it. However none of them came back and updated when it ended for them, how they were doing so I had NO clue what was ahead for me. It was so important for me to update my original post and give hope to my fellow ladies that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel!!

        <3 Stephanie
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi Stephanie

        I am so happy to read things are going much better with you, it really is such a horrible thing to go through.

        I have exactly the same problem.... Went off Yasmin 3 months ago.. And noticed massive hair loss the last 10 days.
        I did however go back onto Yasmin (Been back on it for a week, but now I feel I've made a mistake)

        I have also used every hair product I have possibly read about... I am also currently taking Biotin and a Vitamin B.

        I have seen two Dr's of which I couldn't get an answer. I have made an appointment with my gynie this week.

        What I would like to find out from you is:
        How long will this massive hair loss last more or less? I am so worried I will lose all my hair.

        And also worried that I have just worsened it by going back onto yasmin.

        Thank you for your post and updates it truly helps all the woman out there going through the exact same thing and seeking answers.
        THANK YOU!!!
      • over 1 year ago
        janacar:

        I'm so sorry to hear this!

        My shedding lasted about 3 months. July to October. Started gradual, peaked (when I felt like I was going to be bald) to slowly stopping. I DID NOT go bald. While my hair has thinned drastically I still HAVE HAIR that covers all of my scalp with hair growing back in all over as time goes on.

        I went to my regular Dr and had some blood tests done to check my iron levels and thyroid. Everything came back normal. I also then went to my gyno. He pretty much told me you are fine.. do you want to go back on birth control?
        I SAID NO! Everything I read lead me to stick to the decision not to go back on it even though I almost caved because I just wanted this to end.
        Going back on you are just continuing the cycle. Your pills are going to hold you hostage to this as long as you are on them. I am so glad I just let my body work through this.. get all the synthetic hormones cleared from body and allow myself to just let my body do what its supposed to do naturally.
        In my opinion... I would stop. Once you get past this you are going to be so glad you did. I assure you, you will not go bald even though it feels like you might. Your hair is going to be really thin. It's going to feel different. look different. But it will grow back. It will take time.. like I said in a previous post it could take you a year to fully recover... but you will recover!!
        Biotin is great for your hair... so is vitamin D. I also drank a lot of Bamboo hot tea.. got mine on Amazon.

        You will get through this!

        <3 Stephanie
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi Stephanie

        Thank you so much for your reply, you have really given me hope.

        I have made up my mind and I will never take another birth control pill ever....luckily I only started a week ago, so don't think It would have made a big difference.

        I believe and hope I am at my peak now with shedding hair (as I am literally pulling strands and strands of hair out when washing and brushing) so hoping it will get a bit better from now on. Yes, my hair is extremely thin, I'm even to scared to just touch my hair and using the smallest clip to keep it together and actually considering to cut it to just above my shoulders. I've actually developed a fobia to wash my hair.

        I have also gone for blood tests which consisted of:
        Thyroid, blood count and hormones..... Everything was 100% normal.

        Sorry, one last question I promise.
        I know you said the shedding lasted 3 months where it started gradually peaked and slowly stopping, how long did the peak last more or less?

        Thank you so much

        Jana
      • over 1 year ago
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        Thanks, Shobha
      • over 1 year ago
        Jana,
        What you have said was literally ME. I actually became scared to look in the mirror and scared to wash my hair in the shower because when it was wet and I would even gently gently comb through it I was losing globs of hair, my comb would be full. As time went on it slowly started becoming less and less of a loss and then I swear one day I started gently combing through and there was only like 4 strands on my comb. I was so happy... so relieved... it boost my spirits and I started my recovery. I at first had expectations like ok the shedding stopped so next month I will be back to normal. Not the case... hair takes some time to grow! Be patient. I'm now about 5 months post shed, with super fine strands but tiny crazy baby hairs all over.
        As long as all your tests came back normal, like mine did... I am happy to hear you are going to stop the pill and just allow your body to work through this. I promise you will be okay! Restarting the pill will only restart this cycle. You cant take the pill forever... and whenever you would decide again to come off it you will just be starting the cycle all over again. It sounds like you are already about half way through this nightmare (as far as the shedding goes)... just keep sticking it out. You will thank yourself later.

        Best Wishes for you. If you need anything else, I'm here.

        Steph
      • over 1 year ago
        Thank you so much Steph

        I can't explain to you how much I appreciate this..
        For the first time I am feeling more positive about this horrible nightmare.

        I know, I am rather sticking it through as I'm sure i am halfway there. Will not go through all of this again.

        Shaim I can only imagine how happy you were, hope my happy dance comes soon =)

        Thank you so so much.
        I will let you know how it goes in a couple of weeks.

        Thanks so much

        Jana
      • over 1 year ago
        Stephanie,
        I am so glad to hear so positive news about this. I recently stopped birth control in November and noticed shedding early feb. It hasn’t been clumps but much more than usually for me. I used to lose about 5-10 hairs in the shower now it’s around 20-50 and then more when I style or basically anytime I touch my hair. My hair is fine but I have always had a decent amount. Lately I have been noticing a thinner more visible scalp mainly on the top of my hair. Was there one place in particular you saw the most thinning?? I am going to a derm on Thursday but I am almost positive it is TE as I am 25, and have no females that suffer from female pattern baldness. I have been taking maca powder and visvical also just bought hair la vie shampoo and conditioner I looked at the ingredients and all atural and lots of great essential vitamins for hair growth. From what I have read it takes a year to a year and a half to regain all your hair. My friend had his post pregnancy and she said within a year she had a full head of hair again. It’s so disheartening though as I have never had thick hair to begin with and seeing your scalp more is scary. Was the shedding gradual and then intense and then gradual again? At least I’m in nursing school right now and don’t have much of a social life so it’s a good time to be “bald” I would love any other tips and it would be great if you could keep be updated on your journey through this as I’m right behind you.

        -Sarah
      • over 1 year ago
        Stephanie,
        Or to anyone who is currently going through this. I bought eyebrow powder and I have used it to cover up parts that I can see my scalp more. It has helped. I got the too faced kind but any one should work.
      • over 1 year ago
        Sarah,

        When I visited my regular dr she had suggested if the shedding didnt stop in a few weeks I could make an appt with my dermatologist if I wanted. I never did. I read many different stories they are just going to throw Rogaine at you. Rogaine is NOT for hormonal hair shedding. I also read some Rogaine reviews that when you start it, it can worsen the shed and when you stop it it could trigger another shed. NO THANKS! By no means am I a dr but when you are talking to them please keep that in the back of your mind and mention it if they suggest Rogaine.

        I did notice my shed was more so on the top. At times I could see my scalp a bit through my hair... however I think I noticed it more and not so much anyone else.

        My shed started gradually. Like I noticed a lot more hair in my comb than usual. It progressivly became more and more, when it peaked i think over the period of a week or so it was BAD. One day I got out of the shower and was gently combing and when I looked at the comb it was filled. That was my lowest day and I sobbed. I kept thinking over and over I dont even know how I have any hair left! Then eventually gradually it subsides.

        Recovery has been a slow process but I'm getting there!

        Big Hugs! We are all ok!
        If you want, check back after your appt.. let me know what they say.

        Take Care!
        Steph
      • over 1 year ago
        Steph,

        Glad to know I’m not going crazy thinking it’s more on the top of my head. I have noticed it more top and front. This will be my second month so if I am anything like you. I should expect the peak sometime this month. I’m not going to the derm for this. I had the apt already and planned to just ask some questions while I’m there. Def not going to try rogaine as that’s for male or female pattern baldness and I read you have a huge shed too! I was gonna ask my derm questions more along the lines of if I am having this post birth control should I expect it again post pregnancy. I’ll share my information after the apt
        Thanks!
        -sarah
      • over 1 year ago
        Sarah:

        It's a good question and I'm not sure if they will have an answer for you. Everyone is different.

        I just turned 36. I had my son young.. at 20 years old and I had never been on birth control before. So yeah, I don't know why I was so shocked I got pregnant LOL. I did NOT experience this post pregnancy!! I went on birth control then around age 24/25 and took it for roughly 10 years until my Husbands vasectomy when I was 35. And that's when I experienced this.

        I have read continuing a really good prenatal vitamin even after you deliver may help!

        Best Wishes!
        Steph
      • over 1 year ago
        It’s nice to know that this didn’t happen to you post pregnancy. I just lost the most hairs I have so far in the shower. It was terrible
      • over 1 year ago
        You are more than halfway through this. I'm sure this is your peak. Keep taking a good vitamin. It's almost over. hugs =(
      • over 1 year ago
        Hello Stephanie!

        Is there a way I can message you personally? I have so many questions...I'm going through exactly what you explained and would love to talk to you on FB or Instagram? Would you be willing

        IG: Ciaras.Vibe

        Thank you for your time
        - Ciara
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi Stephanie/all,

        Thank you for all your replies.

        I came off the pill in August last year and my already fine hair that had gone through snapping at the start of last year due to someone over bleaching it started falling out again in December, I think as I’m a dyed blonde it’s falling out at the roots and also snapping where it’s already weak.

        My first natural period was in January , it seemed normal I little lighter then it normally is, Since then I have had two “periods” if you could call them that which consisted of two weeks of spotting and one of three weeks of spotting.
        I had all my levels checked and was told everything including my thyroid was normal, just to live a healthy life and things will return to normal. This hasn’t been the case.

        My hair stopped falling out so much when I resigned from my job and went on a 7 day holiday to see family (I have a stressful career and since have withdrawn my resignation) I have noticed it get bad again when I returned back to work . I have tried all the products to help with hair bonding and protein, products to add moitsture, I’m taking silica, I don’t think it’s helping.

        I have read everything you have done and I will try all of it, I am getting married in September and there is no hope of a normal wedding hair do. I am devastated, like you I hate looking in the mirror and now all these people are going to come to my wedding and see the ugly bride, I’ve even been looking at wigs.

        Thank you for sharing what you have been through so that we can all have a little hope. X
      • over 1 year ago
        Ciara,

        Sorry, I just saw this post!
        Yes, absolutely! You can email me any questions you have to [email protected]
        I will do my best to answer them!!

        Steph
      • over 1 year ago
        After I stopped my BC pills my period was normal and comes each month when it's supposed to. I did not have that problem of an irregular period. I would suggest Viva Naturals Organic Maca Root capsules. You can find them on Amazon. I briefly took them but from what I read they were more so helpful to those that did not have a normal period return. The maca root will help to regulate hormones. I also purchased on Amazon organic bamboo tea bags. I drink tea everyday at work anyway. bamboo is supposed to be great for hair growth. I am now 1 year since I stopped the BC pill and 10 months since the shed started and about 7 months since shedding stopped. My hair still is no where near what it used to be. My hair was already very thin and fine but looked good. I have tons of hairs growing in all over the top of my head that are now about 3 inches long. You can see the new growth and you can see the hair I didnt lose. I'm still guessing I have about another 5 months to hopefully keep growing and I can maybe cut it to my shoulders and it will all blend together.
        Let me know if you have any questions!!
        Steph
      • over 1 year ago
        I want to thank you so much for your follow-up, as right now it's exactly what I needed. I turned 35 in June, I am a smoker so back in February I went off birth control that I had taken for 14 years and noticed about a month ago that my hair brush needed cleaned out every few days or let's say every week. At first I just thought it was over exaggerating, that maybe it wasn't that often, but no, It definitely is. So I started freaking out and finally thought let me Google this and see if women start losing hair at 35, and lots of hair, and found that one of the common causes was stopping bc. Omg, I don't want to be bald but quitting smoking is just not an option at this point and I'm not going back on bc as a smoker at 35. What am I gonna do. So hopefully, I will be like you and it will cease soon. At least I have some hope. Thank you.
      • 9 months ago
        I’ve been going through this same thing recently. I was also on Yaz for about 11 years and my hair started falling out about a month after I stopped taking it. That was 3 months ago. I’ve lost half my hair, and my hair was thin to begin with :(. Since you were in the same boat, I’m curious how long yours lasted/when the shedding stopped?? Not sure how much more I can stand to lose...I need my hair for my job :( :(
      • 5 months ago
        Hi Stephanie, I know it’s been a while since you’ve posted here but I’m going thru the similar thing and I just read u had said that going back on the pill will make these matters continue. Well I went off birth control in October and by December my hair loss was so bad so I decided to go back on bc in January thinking it would reverse the extreme hair loss. Well it’s now April and my hair loss is SO bad :( I’m scared cuz I’ve lost so much now that my temples are looking bald. I’m terrified. I thought the shedding phase would surely be over by now. I know you’re not a dr, but have u read somewhere that going back on birth control would only make this matter worse? Here I thought it’d reverse it. I would love your opinion.
        Thank you !!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Hi ladies, I even signed up for this page to write you about my exeperience which maybe will help.
    I am going througj the same nightmare second time.
    First hair loss after quiting BC was many years ago. I had thick hair before, so after I started shedding I was not bald of course, but I never had my hair loose, cuz they looked miserable..
    I don’t remember when exactly but the hair loss stopped. The good look of hair didn’t came back, but it looked pretty much ok.
    Then after some years my gynecologist offered me BC because I had really bad cycle. So I started it again. I had pills for apprx 5 years. My hair grew sooooo beautiful, I was so happy! But.. few month ago I stopped. But before I stopped I read every possible article about natural ways to balance hormones (as the imbalance causes the hair loss after BC). So from the beggining I am having:
    Maca powder (3 spoons a day)
    Don Quai supplemens
    Wild Yam supplements
    Biotin
    Other required basic vitamins.
    But.. hair loss started again. I quit on January, and it’s March now. And loss is getting worse. I don’t know if these supplements will help to make it less worse than the first time, we’ll see.. Anyway, it is sad process. Ladies, you’re not alone ;)
      • over 1 year ago
        Agne, I'm so sorry. As I had replied to another poster I will NEVER touch a BC pill again. My Dr offered to start me back on it and I refused. The pill will hold you hostage to this as long as you are taking them. You can't take them forever so once your off... do everything in your power to just let your body work through this.

        Steph
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi Agne!

        I had the same experience and am going through the same thing now. I take Biotin (10,000mcg), Silica and Collagen daily, I highly recommend you look into silica and collagen as they are also great for joints, bone density and skin. I also take iron and magnesium. I have been on the biotin since 2012 and the others more recently.

        I went off Be Yaz in January 2012 and for 9 months lost more than 3/4 of my hair (I had VERY long thick curly hair) I also did not get one period during this time. I went back on it in September 2012 and have been on it since. Whilst my hair never returned to what it once was it did grow back beautifully. I've just stopped the Be Yaz again about 3 weeks ago (march 2018) and can already notice a difference and can see my hair all over the floor and in my brush. Its making me so nervous because I don't think I can handle losing all my hair AGAIN. The first time around I saw a hair specialist in NY who costed me a fortune and told me I was fine after looking at my scalp with a machine, also had all my blood work done which came back normal. I really hope we can all find a solution for this! At least we know we are not alone.
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi Victoria!

        Also I noticed that my hair became very greasy! If earlier I could wash it every two days and they still looked pretty good, now the next day after washing it lookes like two weeks neber been washed!
        So all these things I guess are hormonal disbalance evidences. That’s why I still study all the information how to balance them.. But I also noticed one thing - while I was on BC I had a really bad looking cellulite. And I am quite thin, I weight ~50kg but my thighs and butt looked so horrible, like orange! And now I started noticing that it looks much better. So - you loose cellulite but you also loose hair :(
      • over 1 year ago
        I’m having the same issue with greasy hair and dandruff. I tried a dandruff shampoo but had a bad reaction which irritated my scalp more :/ have you found anything that helps?
      • over 1 year ago
        Noup.. Nothing yet. Just washing every day and watching more and more hair going away together with shampoo..
      • over 1 year ago
        Agne- Good point on the greasy hair! When I was in college (pre 2012) I used to go to the gym and days without washing my hair (as gross as it is lol) and it always looked good! Now I can barely go a day (even when I was back on the pill). I always have had cellulite to and just assumed it was genetic! I will keep an eye for that for sure!

        Just ordered Maca and a DMI supplement. Will keep you guys posted! Def try silica and collagen :)
      • over 1 year ago
        I’m sorry :( me too. I stopped yaz after 12 years back at very end of November. So it’s been a little over 4 months since stopping and about 2 months of shedding. Hopefully It’s about peaked. The greasy scalp thing seems to be due to hormonal imbalance like you said. I had a period in January but didn’t get one last month :/ I gave an appt with a naturopath next week cause I’m scared to take supplements without guidance aside from my vitamins. I hope things get better for you and everyone else here soon!!
      • over 1 year ago
        Lol, I just signed up.for the exact same reason.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    This exact same thing happened to me. The hair loss started about 2 months after stopping the pill and slowed down around 9 months after. My hair got so thin it was so hard not to be stressed about it. But it did stop shedding crazy amounts and then after I noticed lots of baby hairs growing in. Try not to stress it will only make it worse! I wanted to post this to give others hope that you will get back to normal! The hair loss is hard but so worth it to be off of those hormones!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    i stopped over a year ago and i am still shedding hair and i too already had thin hair. it doesnt look bad but i still feel sad about losing so much. of rme hair skin and nails, the pill not gel release capsule works the best.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Hi Stephanie. I’m experiencing the same problem and I’m worried sick! I stopped the pill just over a month ago and have been experiencing lots of hair loss in the past two weeks. I had my hair done today and my hairstylist mentioned how much I’m losing and that I even have a small bald spot!! Can I ask you if your hair loss stopped and if so, how long did it take? Did you end up taking anything to help?

    Thank you!
      • over 1 year ago
        I'm so sorry you are going through this.
        Below is one of my previous answers.
        Let me know if you have any additional questions.

        My shedding lasted about 3 months. July to October. Started gradual, peaked (when I felt like I was going to be bald) to slowly stopping. I DID NOT go bald. While my hair has thinned drastically I still HAVE HAIR that covers all of my scalp with hair growing back in all over as time goes on.

        I went to my regular Dr and had some blood tests done to check my iron levels and thyroid. Everything came back normal. I also then went to my gyno. He pretty much told me you are fine.. do you want to go back on birth control?
        I SAID NO! Everything I read lead me to stick to the decision not to go back on it even though I almost caved because I just wanted this to end.
        Going back on you are just continuing the cycle. Your pills are going to hold you hostage to this as long as you are on them. I am so glad I just let my body work through this.. get all the synthetic hormones cleared from body and allow myself to just let my body do what its supposed to do naturally.
        In my opinion... I would stop. Once you get past this you are going to be so glad you did. I assure you, you will not go bald even though it feels like you might. Your hair is going to be really thin. It's going to feel different. look different. But it will grow back. It will take time.. like I said in a previous post it could take you a year to fully recover... but you will recover!!
        Biotin is great for your hair... so is vitamin D. I also drank a lot of Bamboo hot tea.. got mine on Amazon.

        You will get through this!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Hair loss is totally normal after stopping birth control. It is a rebound affect. Your body will begin to produce it's own hormones with time and your hair WILL grow back. I stopped mine because a close family member ended up getting a tumor and having a shunt placed in her brain due to her birth control. I was not having problems with mine but seeing that and a lot of women developing cancer due to hormone levels made me decide to stop. About 3-5 months in was when the hair loss was the worst. Now, it is finally slowing down and I have tons of "baby hairs" growing and my eyelashes are getting really thick, full and long. I also take a prenatal gummy vitamin every day. I'm not pregnant but it's a multivitamin with a little extra. I was freaking out at first because my hair is down to my waist and I donate it 12 inches at a time. Just hang in there! It will get better. Also, you can ask your doctor about spironolactone..it has shown to help hair loss. I haven't tried it but I know people who have been prescribed it for hair loss and they seem to think it works.
      • over 1 year ago
        Please be cautious of spironolactone.
        It will eventually have the same effect as birth control pills.
        When you stop taking it, it may cause another shed!!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Hi Stephanie, thanks so much for that. I have the exact same story to all of you, I was really trying to understand what is going on. But now I am certain this is the reason. I stopped this year in February (i have regular period cycles so no issues with that) but it feels like my body is literally going through a massive change. Losing my beautiful curly blond hair has been hard on me. Happy to see its temporary. I'll just wear a small hair hair clip piece to give me volume for now :) hahaha.
    I am now going on month 5. So you say this is the peak? I also noticed my hairs were crumbling in my hand at some point. breakage was really bad.
    I resorted to biotin, and drinking a lot of carrot and beetroot juice everyday. My nails were bad for a while, but today I noticed they are hard again, not splitting so much. I see my scalp looks normal, i don't have any bald spots, its just my hair overall doesn't have the fullness and curl is very bad.
    After reading about the long term effects of the pill I'm happy to have gone off it, like you said, you can't go on it forever and at some point I'll have to go through this. Well i'm 5 months into it I may as well finish this stupid shedding process cycle.
    Thanks for this thread, gives me hope.
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi. Good day to everyone. After reading all of your posts I wanted to ask a few questions. I feel I have a similar problem to some of you ladies. My GYN insisted on me taking birth control for regulation purposes. The thing is I know it is ill advised to take birth control if you have a family history of heart disease. I have a long line of heart disease on my father's side of the family. Still after sharing my concerns with her she said since I was so young and I am not a smoker she really did not feel that was a concern. She said lets try for 6 months. It did help regulate me but now that the 6 months are over I did not want to depend on birth control, so I have been taking rasberry leaf tea and MACA and that really has helped me regulate everything thank God. But, I am having the issue of hair loss. My hair naturally is very very full. It is medium not thin but not thick. Also i could not fit all of my hair almost tying a regular pony tail in two twists. Now I can fit all of my hair in 3 twists of the pony tail. I have tried counting my hairs as they fall throughout the day, on a weekend when I am not working. I have noticed more than 100 hairs per day of loss. I do not notice much growth. My first question is, is this temporary? My second question is, do you know of a different style of birth control which does not require me to take these pills. I feel like doctors pressure you to take them as a "quick fix" but really they can cause harm. My last question is, are there any vitamins without biotin. I am very very acne prone and am afraid of going back to the acne problem. Thank you again. Have a great day.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Massive hair shedding after stopping birth control

    Hi Stephanie,
    I too am going through this horrible side effect of being off birth control. I was on it for 7 months. I’m not so much a believer in chemical/perceived treatments but I do however know of a few holistic ones that may help you! I know they’ve helped me!
    The first is an oil called Alma oil. So Alma oil is dervived from grapseed and is common in countries like India to promote lush thick hair and stimulate follocal growth of the scalp.
    It has a very strong smell but it has shown to work for me so far! The only thing is the oil is so dark that it will darken your hair if you have blonde highlights (I learned this the hard way) if you are not blonde it’s a bonus for you because the dark colour helps to prevent premature aging!
    They sell this oil at Walmart for $7.00 CAD it is called Dabur Alma Hair Oil. Here is the link: https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/dabur-amla-hair-oil/6000196486332
    The second option is to boil curry leaves (from any Indian store or Superstore), coconut oil, and fenugreek in a medium sauce pan. Once boiled massage some oil in to your scalp and let it sit for at least an hour but preferably overnight!
    After about two weeks or so of using one of these treatments 3X a week you should notice a huge difference.
    There are lots of reviews on these two remedies so make sure you do your research first to see if it would be a right fit for you. I am a cocausain woman in my 20s with fairly tin hair to begin with and I’ve found it is really helping me and restoring some thickness.
    Ps. You can also find gooseberry oil in capsule pill forms.
    I hope this shedding stops soon too.
    Be well
      • over 1 year ago
        Thank you so much!
        My shedding did stop this past October. I'm still in recovery though. When i lift my hair to a point above my head (like a troll or mohawk) you can clearly see the new growth. I have about 4-5 inches of new growth and the top of the point is very thin, fine, dead hair. I'm going to try the oil though. Thanks!
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi Stephanie!

        That sounds so exciting about the new hair growth
        Hope all continues to go well!
        :)
      • over 1 year ago
        Stephanie thank you so much for your posts and updates. It gives me hope. I have been experiencing the exact same thing and was feeling hopeless. I stopped taking birth control in January and noticed shedding starting in May. I got my blood tested and my doctor said everything was normal and my hair loss is normal which it is NOT. I don't even want to touch my hair and almost cry when I need to wash it. It still looks normal to others but it looks so thin to me. I wear it in clips since I am too terrified to use a hair elastic. I used to use a large clip and now I am down to a small one. I also bought a large tooth comb so I can gently comb it..not that it seems to help stop the shedding . I always allow my hair to air dry and try not to towel it too much after washing it. I am taking a hair and nail supplement which has a crazy amount of biotin, as well as a hormone balancing pill. I stared these about 2 weeks ago so I am hoping these will help. I have also ordered shampoos from Amazon but none seem to work. I have an appointment to see a naturopath but I have to wait 2 months and am completely terrified that I am going to go bald by then. My doctor won't help so I felt so alone. These posts have really helped and since you have said it will peak it has made me feel much better. I am hoping that happens soon. I have felt so depressed and desperate, as I read a lot of your followers have. I don't want to talk to ppl about because I feel ashamed/scared but when I do I think they think I'm over reacting. It's been so frustrating.

        Again, thank you so much for sharing your story as now I feel less alone and see a small light at the end of the tunnel.
      • over 1 year ago
        Rayaj8 - Hang in there Sweetie!
        When I decided to post this thread I had no idea anyone would even read it. All I knew was I experienced something that was incredibly stressful and depressing and had to put "my story" out there. I spent so much time on the internet when I was at my peak looking for answers and what was to come. I found many articles with people experiencing what I was going through however NO ONE ever updated their thread and answered what happened to them.. when it stopped.. how bad it got.
        I assure you this hormonal nightmare will stop.
        It will gradually start.. about a month or 2 later it will peak. The peak will be very bad. I remember one day in particular I showered and when I got out and started gently combing my hair with a wide tooth comb it was coming out in massive clumps. I sobbed. After that it WILL eventually start to slow down... then stop and you will go back to normal shedding patterns. I also remember the morning I showered then combed my hair, looked at the comb and there were like 5 hairs in it. I cried again.. but this time tears of joy. I texted my Husband and was like I think this is ending!!! It did!!
        That was this past Sept/Oct. It is now almost August. I still consider myself in "recovery". Recovering all the hair I lost. My hair is still thin. I'm NOT bald. I try to use gentle hair products, do a quick blow dry, and I bought the Head Kandy straightening brush to smooth it out. My hair is a little crazy on the top of my head. You can see all the new growth and it kinda sticks up and all over. This is the longest phase. Hair takes some time to grow. But it is coming in. i figure I still have several more months until I get to a point where I can cut it to my shoulders and it will all be in and look more fuller. I never had thick hair and i'm not sure it will end up like it used to be.. but it will be ok. If only I could do something about all these grays coming in too!!

        It is important women do get the blood work done and get checked just to make sure there is not an underlying condition contributing to the hair loss. If all tests are normal, be assured this will end.
        I really wish my Dr would have told me this was a risk of taking birth control pills. I would have researched it and maybe come up with a different solution for birth control. I also want women to know.. I have heard several times and even my own Dr did this... they will offer you to go BACK ON the birth control. DO NOT DO THIS!! You are just restarting the cycle. You cant be on the pill forever. When you eventually come off again the SAME thing will happen AGAIN. STICK IT OUT... you are already in the process, let your body run its course, get the pill out of your system. You will feel so much better once this is all over.
        Much love <3
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi Stephanie,

        Thank you so much for this post. I'm going through this now and I read the whole thread like 2 or 3 times. I would like to ask you a couple of things: how bad did it get? I have dark fine hair and it's getting more and more difficult, almost impossible, to hide the thinning on the top front area of my head (I never had much hair up there, unfortunately). And secondly... How long after the start of the shedding did you notice some regrowth?
        Thank you so much again for coming back and helping people in the same situation... I'm writing from Italy, so please bear with my English. :)
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi Jenny!
        first.. please make sure you go to the Dr and explain the situation and have bloodwork done to rule out any underlying conditions. Most likely they will come back normal. Take a daily supplement. Get some bamboo tea on amazon. The only thing you can do is lett your body work itself through this. It will take time! This is a long journey! Your shed could last around 3 months. Then about 2 months later you should start to notice some baby fine hairs coming in. Take care of your hair, let it grow. You will be ok. Try not to stress! I know easier said than done.. I was there!! Take Care!!
      • over 1 year ago
        Thank you Stephanie. You're right, I didn't tell you anything about me. I'm 33, I went off bcp at the end of December 2017 after like 12 years and started shedding more hair in late March 2018. I have always shed a lot of hair, especially in spring and fall, so I didn't really pay much attention to it. Between late April and early June I noticed I had much much less hair than I usually had - it was difficult to style my bangs to conceal it. I had my blood work done: basics are fine, iron is fine, TSH is fine, testosterone is fine, no PCOS or ovarian cysts, I'm ovulating. Shedding is slowing down now I think (how could it not be, I have lost half of my hair!), but I don't see any regrowth except for, I think, a few new (white!) hair along my hairline. The worst area is the top of my head. I'm taking mineral and vitamin supplements, but I'm afraid it could have triggered androgenetic alopecia and it could get worse if I waste too much time. I have seen 3 dermatologists but got 2 different diagnoses and 3 contrasting treatments. I'm afraid doctors have no clue when it comes to hair! Anyway, thank you so much for your message and encouragement!
      • 8 months ago
        Hi just wanted to ask you if your hair is recovering? I’ve been on yaz for 10 years just went off 3 months ago and my hair has thinned out like where it feels like I have less than half of it .. I feel like I want to go back on so bad