Around the world, five babies are born every second. That’s 18,000 in an hour, and 432,000 in a day. With more and more children born year in and year out, the increase in birth control users rises. It’s now been revealed that not only can birth hormones increase the risk of hair loss, but birth control can too.
Dr Lara Briden, a hormone expert from Sensible-Alternative Hormone Clinic has discovered that birth control causes hair loss if it contains a progestin – a synthetic version of progesterone – with a high androgen (male hormones) index. Progestin’s with a high androgen index act like testosterone in the body, in which they shrink hair follicles, so they thin hair much like testosterone does in men. One of the more commonly prescribed progestin’s, Levonorgestrel, is used in a wide range of pills, implants, and IUDs, and features a high androgen index.
Men experience hair loss as a recession at the temples, whilst woman experience it as a gradual thinning on the top of the head, with a widening hair part acting as the first sign.
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The pills that have the lowest androgen indexes are Desogen, Ortho-Cept, Micronor, Bevicon, and Ortho Norvum 7/7/7 among others. Whilst these contraceptive birth controls carry less risk of hair loss, the hormonal contraception’s are more likely to cause hair loss. These hormonal contraception’s include vaginal rings – a two inch flexible ring that releases progestin and estrogen – and Progestin Implants – small rods implemented surgically beneath the skin that continually release doses of progestin.
It is also known that birth control can cause two types of hair loss in woman. If you’re particularly sensitive to the pill, you may find that shedding regularly occurs due to the ongoing hormonal changes going on in your body. The more common type is a condition known as Telogen Effluvium – when hair enters a ‘resting phase’ and sheds before a new growing cycle can begein – which is becoming increasingly triggered by the use of the pill. Most of the time, 10-15% of our hair is going through a resting phase, whereas those with Telogen Effluvium can experience up to 50%.
It is more common for birth control to cause hair loss when taking the pill for the first time, as well as when you change brands. Hair loss can even happen when you stop using oral contraceptives.
Whilst Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – a therapy that replaces and increases levels of oestrogen – is a straight-forward solution to this, Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) treatment can be performed on woman who are experiencing thinning on the top of their head.
HIS Hair are the world’s leading practitioners in a highly advanced form of cosmetic pigmentation known as SMP, a technique that applies highly specialised pigments to the specific area of the scalp needing treatment.
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