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Radiant
January 30th, 2015, 05:52 PM
I wondered if anyone had a similar experience or had any insight into this... I was on the pill for probably 6 to 7 of the past 10 years. In July my obgyn refused to refill my script again due to my blood pressure being a bit high. I ended up starting the depo shot and have had a total of 3 now.

Starting around the 2nd depo shot I noticed my hair shedding much more than usual and this has continued. I'm familiar with postpartum shedding, and wondered if this could be similar. Is it the lack of the estrogen in the pill or is it the hormones in the depo shot that would be causing this? If it's just coming off the pill I'll probably wait it out, but if it's the depo shot I probably won't continue with it and try to switch to something else before my next shot in a few weeks.

Any ideas or anyone experience this too?

Hele
January 30th, 2015, 05:58 PM
based on my own experience i'd blame it on the pill. When i came off the pill after using it for 7 years continuously i started noticing extreme shedding about 3 months later. Like giant handfuls of hair coming out type shedding, it was kind of horrifying. I had a lot of other bad side effects too though, so maybe it just hit me harder than average? It evened out after a couple months and now i'm experiencing the joys of crazy regrowth hairs sticking up everywhere.

Eastbound&Down
January 30th, 2015, 06:07 PM
I had an awful experience with the depo shot but not with shedding that I noticed. I hope that it is just your body getting used to the new hormones and it balances out for you.

Radiant
January 30th, 2015, 06:10 PM
That definitely makes me feel better. It was my suspicion too that it was the withdraw from the estrogen in the pill causing the shedding. Guess I'm just a bit paranoid about the depo shot still. I've heard some horror stories about weight gain and other problems and was fearful to try it, although I certainly didn't want to have a stroke by staying on the pill. So far though I haven't had any issues, and if it's not what's causing the shedding then I'm fine with it. Glad to hear you made it through and hopefully it'll be similar for me. Just need to be patient through the adjustment I guess. Thanks for the reassurance.

Radiant
January 30th, 2015, 06:13 PM
I had an awful experience with the depo shot but not with shedding that I noticed. I hope that it is just your body getting used to the new hormones and it balances out for you. You know I was very worried about starting on the depo, as I'd heard horror stories from it too. So far so good though and I've not had any real issues nor weight gain after being on it for 7 months. I'm sorry you had such an awful experience, and yes I'm hoping this is just an adjustment phase and as with Hele's experience it'll soon resolve itself.

Eastbound&Down
January 30th, 2015, 06:55 PM
You know I was very worried about starting on the depo, as I'd heard horror stories from it too. So far so good though and I've not had any real issues nor weight gain after being on it for 7 months. I'm sorry you had such an awful experience, and yes I'm hoping this is just an adjustment phase and as with Hele's experience it'll soon resolve itself.

Possibly TMI but just something to keep an eye on, I had a period that lasted 5 weeks. I temporarily lost my vision because I lost too much blood (it was only few a few hours but I did have to go to the hospital) but apparently that is something that can happen and it's not really all that uncommon.

Radiant
January 31st, 2015, 01:24 AM
Possibly TMI but just something to keep an eye on, I had a period that lasted 5 weeks. I temporarily lost my vision because I lost too much blood (it was only few a few hours but I did have to go to the hospital) but apparently that is something that can happen and it's not really all that uncommon. Wow, that's definitely very scary. I'm so sorry you had that happen. Hoping nothing like that happens in my case.

Guess everything has it's risks... I cannot be on the pill any longer due to risk of stroke with high blood pressure, and of course pregnancy has it's risks too. I appreciate the warning and sure hope I don't end up in your situation. Very sorry it happened though.

mindwiped
January 31st, 2015, 01:58 AM
I was on depo for about 7 years, I did gain some weight when I began it, but I also had spinal surgery, and was less active due to pain, and pain meds. Some people seem to gain weight on it, but I've noticed they tend to be people who report weight gain on any hormonal birth control. If you remain concerned about shed while on depo, you could ask about an iud, since there's a non hormonal one, and many doctors seem to be ok with the hormonal one even if they want somebody off hormone birth control, since it's local, not passed through you digestive tract and blood stream, and needs a lower amount since it's exactly where it's needed.

As for the hair fall, changing your hormone levels can do it easily, and the timing, about three to six months after the change would hit the telogen hair shed time frame perfectly.

Good luck with the blood pressure...and if you're using medication for it, you might see if it could influence anything, since some meds have weird potential side effects. (Viagra was designed to treat pulmonary hypertension...then men started reporting the side effect is most widely known for.)

Brileeka
January 31st, 2015, 02:04 AM
I really don't recommend the depo shot. Not from personal experience but my mother was on it before giving birth to me and told me she gained a bunch of weight from it and they told her it was very unlikely to get pregnant up until about 18 months after going off it. She was late on one her shots by about a week and then got pregnant with me right away. I'm just saying be careful if you're late on one of your shots.

minaa
January 31st, 2015, 08:50 AM
I'm going through this right now, after stopping the Nuvaring. I'm not a fan. I don't see any other symptoms (perhaps due to the nature of its low dosage), I just see more hair getting combed out. I can't say it's coming out in clumps, but the daily loss for the past month and a half has made a noticeable difference.

Best thing I can suggest is eat more protein and seaweed (iodine supposedly helps the thyroid, which is in theory what's going on--your thyroid hasn't quite kick started after getting used to synthetic hormones) and maybe try an herbal remedy that is meant to help thyroid function, too, but do research and go easy on dosing so you can ease into things (herbs can be quite potent and you don't want to take them for granted). I've been looking into a hair, skin, nails vitamin that has vitex (aka chaste berry) in a smaller amount for this purpose.

kganihanova
January 31st, 2015, 11:04 AM
it evened out after a couple months and now i'm experiencing the joys of crazy regrowth hairs sticking up everywhere.

Lol, I had a stress shed and experienced the joys of regrowth as well. I got some free bangs and layers from the experience ;)

thirstylocks
January 31st, 2015, 02:48 PM
I was on loloestrin for a month and my hair was coming out in chunks. It was horrifying, the sort of thing you see in a movie when someone replaces a girl's shampoo with hair remover.

After that traumatizing experience I swore off birth control forever...it took another month for the shedding to stop.

lapushka
January 31st, 2015, 04:44 PM
I had to quit my pill for 3 months as well, and didn't notice any increased shedding at all, but this may be different according to what particular pill you're taking. Not everyone reacts to meds in the same way, and the pill is still a form of medication.

cathair
January 31st, 2015, 04:53 PM
Possibly TMI but just something to keep an eye on, I had a period that lasted 5 weeks. I temporarily lost my vision because I lost too much blood (it was only few a few hours but I did have to go to the hospital) but apparently that is something that can happen and it's not really all that uncommon.

I had a period that lasted well over a year. I know someone else that had this problem too. They kept telling me it would get better, but it didn't. I the end I refused to have it any more, even though they were still trying to convince me it would improve. I didn't have any vision side effects though. That sounds incredibly scary. Not sure about shedding, it was before I paid any attention to that kind of stuff. Didn't have weight gain. Was awful, put me off BC completely.

Anje
January 31st, 2015, 05:05 PM
Personally, I didn't experience any shedding when I switched birth controls (Ortho Evra to Nuva Ring to a nonhormonal IUD, so I've been all over the hormone level map), but I know of lots of people who have. It's certainly a "thing" to shed hair even upon switching from one pill to another. However, it doesn't affect everyone either, so people shouldn't stay on a method that isn't working for them solely for the sake of their hair.

Radiant
February 1st, 2015, 09:06 PM
I'm going through this right now, after stopping the Nuvaring. I'm not a fan. I don't see any other symptoms (perhaps due to the nature of its low dosage), I just see more hair getting combed out. I can't say it's coming out in clumps, but the daily loss for the past month and a half has made a noticeable difference.

Best thing I can suggest is eat more protein and seaweed (iodine supposedly helps the thyroid, which is in theory what's going on--your thyroid hasn't quite kick started after getting used to synthetic hormones) and maybe try an herbal remedy that is meant to help thyroid function, too, but do research and go easy on dosing so you can ease into things (herbs can be quite potent and you don't want to take them for granted). I've been looking into a hair, skin, nails vitamin that has vitex (aka chaste berry) in a smaller amount for this purpose.

Interesting that you mentioned thyroid. I do have hypothyroidism and take Synthroid (but that's nothing new and been the case for a decade now). I'm overdue to have labs since I moved across country a few months ago and while I've set something up for a new primary care dr I wasn't able to get in til June! Definitely something I hadn't considered though as far as it being thyroid related rather than birth control related.

Hope your shedding stops soon. Definitely not pleasant to feel like you're losing more hair than normal.

morrigan*
February 2nd, 2015, 12:35 AM
I experienced a little increased shedding while taking the pill, coupled with ocasional stress. I didn't experienced increased shedding after stopped taking it.