Birth Control

Did you know that Norplant, Depo-Provera, Ortho Evra and NuvaRung can cause hair loss? There is a “androgen” factor that each birth control pill has. The androgen level determines how much testosterone the birth control is putting into your body. The higher the androgen factor, the higher the chance that birth control could be causing your hair to fall out! If your hair is falling out and you started a new birth control recently (in the past 6 months) it could be that your birth control is causing hair loss!

Yaz is one birth control pill that has a low androgen factor and it seems quite popular. If you want to try Yaz, you can buy generic Yasmin online for about $45 for three months. From what I’ve read it’s great for controlling PMS symptoms and acne. As a newer birth control pill, Yaz also has the lower estrogen dose. Is it the best birth control? I don’t know. I can’t take birth control pills with estrogen because of some clotting issues! Because my insurance, I am now on a high androgen birth control. I know it’s not the best birth control, but since my alternative (an old-style progesterone-only) isn’t widely available, like Yaz, I can’t find it to buy online=(

So, hopefully there is one of these on your insurance and you can switch to a low-androgen birth control. The following is a list from lowest to 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. Look at the links below if you want to check your own birth control!

References: http://www.fpnotebook.com/Gyn/Pharm/PrgstnAndrgncActvty.htm

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