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My hair is thinner and I feel I am gaining weight

By October 6, 2015 - 7:12am
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For last few weeks I noticed, that I am slowly loosing hair. My hairbrush is always covered in it. I never experienced such a thing before. I also noticed, that I am heavier every week even though I jog every morning and eat healthy. I think it may be somehow connected with my birth control pills.
Should I stop using them? I fear, that if I do it, situation may be even worse.
My doctor says, that it is normal and it will go away in a week or two, but still, I am very afraid.

What shall I do?

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Hello Jen,

Glad to hear that you have spoken with your gynecologist about the increased hair loss and weight gain.

How long have you been on this oral contraceptive? What brand are you taking? By any chance, do you have a family history of premature hair loss/

I found an article written by a woman with a family history of premature androgenetic alopecia, or diffuse hair loss, who was taking Loestrin, and started experiencing noticeable hair loss.
"Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One"

Studies have shown that the effect of the birth control pill on weight is small, if it exists at all. Instead, you may be retaining more fluid, which can make you feel as if you've put on weight, particularly in your breasts, hips and thighs. The estrogen in birth control pills does affect fat cells, making them larger but not more numerous.

Jen, talk with your gynecologist about all available birth control options, and ask if your thyroid levels could be checked.


October 6, 2015 - 9:02am
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