Treats: Hair Thinning in women (also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss, Reduced Hair Volume, Androgenic Alopecia)
How can the Contraceptive Pill Help with Hair Thinning?
Hair thinning is caused by a genetic condition, inherited from either parent, in which your hair follicles are sensitive to androgens (male hormones). All women naturally have androgens in their bodies, but only some have hair follicles that react to them. If you have this sensitivity, once it is triggered, your hair follicles will gradually miniaturise and grow back thinner over the years. This reduces the volume and length of your hair, eventually making your scalp more visible.
Some birth control pills can slow or stop this thinning process, because they increase your oestrogen levels and/or diminish your testosterone levels. Oestrogen is a hair-friendly hormone — it helps keep your hair in its growth phase for longer, and stops it from moving into its shedding phase.
(Please note: Certain contraceptive pills can raise your levels of androgens (male hormones). These pills may trigger or worsen hair thinning. If you have noticed a change in the density of your hair, increased scalp hair shedding, or facial hair growth since starting or stopping an oral contraceptive, we suggest you consult with your doctor and/or a Trichologist.)
Which Pills Can Help with Hair Thinning?
Pills containing higher levels of oestrogen than progestin can be highly effective at slowing, or even stopping, female pattern hair loss. In fact, these pills are sometimes prescribed solely to combat hair loss in women with androgenic thinning.
Examples of birth control pills that can stimulate hair growth:
Examples of birth control pills that can cause or worsen hair thinning:
Please note: Always consult your doctor or gynaecologist before changing, starting or stopping any hormonal contraceptive.