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Female Hair Loss and Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills can be a great way of preventing conception however; all medication comes with potential side effects. In addition to the many serious possible side effects associated with birth control pills, some come with a risk of female hair loss. By suppressing ovulation due to the combined actions of hormones progestin or estrogen, women who are predisposed to hormonal related hair loss may experience varying degrees of balding while on the pill, or even more likely, a few weeks to months after coming off of it.

Yasmin is a birth control pill that combines ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone.  Because Yasmin may induce hair follicles into the telogen phase (hair shedding) of the hair growth cycle, hair loss is a reported side effect. 

We recommend women to use only low-androgen index birth control pills. For women with a strong predisposition for genetic hair loss in their family, we recommend use of other non-hormonal birth control pills or other forms of contraceptives for the prevention of conception.

For your reference, here is a list of birth control pills ranging from the lowest androgen index to the highest: Desogen, Ortho-Cept, Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Micronor, Nor-Q D, Ovcon-35, Brevicon/Modicon, Ortho Norvum 7/7/7, Ortho Novum 10-11, Tri-Norinyl, Norinyl and Ortho 1/35, Demulen 1/35, Triphasil/Tri-Levien, Nordette, Lo/Ovral, Ovrette, Ovral, Loestrin1/20, Loestrin 1.5/30.