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Depo-provera Hairloss ...Please Help!!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 30, 2007
  • 00:18 AM

Somebody please, please, please help!!!

I'm a 20 year old female in good general health, but about two weeks ago, I got the depo-provera birth control shot. Since then, I've had several adverse reactions, including the fact that my hair is thinning dreadfully. There are big spaces between hair and skin, and it's getting very sparse at the front of the hairline, and at the temples.

I'm very distraught about it, I can't stop crying- I'm not a very shallow person, but i really just don't want this to be happening to me. I'm a pretty homely girl my hair is naturally thin but it is- or was, the only pretty thing about me. My boyfriend always told me how beautiful he thinks my hair is, and he loves to play with it, and now it's falling out, and I don't want him to see me like this and I just don't know what to do!

I don't plan on getting the next shot, but in the mean time, does anyone please have any advice as to how I can stop the hair loss from getting any worse, and how I can fix the dammage that's already been done?

Also, has anyone out there had similar experiences, and if so, how much hairloss can I expect to experience? How long will it take to get back to normal?
Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  • Hello,I have got the same problem. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! I've been on the depo injection for a bit over a month and have been excessively losing ALOT of hair. I naturally have really thick asian hair that used to be really long and lush. My hair started falling out 3 weeks after being on the injection, and I had to cut it all off and like you, I can see parts of my scalp where my hair's thinning and fallen. It's so depressing, falls out everywhere I go and won't stop. I'm scared at the rate my hair falls out I will have none left! I went to see my doctor who wasn't much help but gave me a blood test, and found I had EMTREMELY low levels of Vitamin D and Folic Acid in my body. Depo causes this, because folic acid is what makes hair grow and be healthy . I've been taking Vitamin D and Folic Acid supplements to improve the hair loss. Depo also stops the process of follicle growth, another reason why we keep losing our hair.I am told to stop taking the injection, it time my hair will grow back. I am not entirely sure about this, only time will tell. Meanwhile, you should see a doctor ASAP, get a blood test, see what's wrong or what your missing and stop it. You might need vitamin supplements just like me.On another note try using warm coconut oil and massage your scalp with it once a week to stimulate hair growth, leave it in over night or an hour or two, wash thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner as it is very greasy. I've noticed some baby hair coming up but they could be hair breakage, although I find my scalp feels better and healthier afterwards.What other side effects do you have besides excessive hair loss?Regards,V
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  • Hello,I have got the same problem. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! I've been on the depo injection for a bit over a month and have been excessively losing ALOT of hair. I naturally have really thick asian hair that used to be really long and lush. My hair started falling out 3 weeks after being on the injection, and I had to cut it all off and like you, I can see parts of my scalp where my hair's thinning and fallen. It's so depressing, falls out everywhere I go and won't stop. I'm scared at the rate my hair falls out I will have none left! I went to see my doctor who wasn't much help but gave me a blood test, and found I had EXTREMELY low levels of Vitamin D and Folic Acid in my body. Depo causes this, because folic acid is what makes hair grow and be healthy. I've been taking Vitamin D and Folic Acid supplements to improve the hair loss. Depo also stops the process of follicle growth, another reason why we keep losing our hair on the injection I am told to stop taking the injection, it time my hair will grow back. I am not entirely sure about this, only time will tell. Meanwhile, you should see a doctor ASAP, get a blood test, see what's wrong or what your missing and stop it. You might need vitamin supplements. On another note try using warm coconut oil and massage your scalp with it once a week to stimulate hair growth, wrap a towel around your head and leave it in over night or an hour or two, wash thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner as it is very greasy. I've noticed some baby hair coming up but they could be hair breakage, although I find my scalp feels better and healthier afterwards. All you can do really is wait it out into the depo is out of your system. Regards,V
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  • Hello,I have got the same problem. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! I've been on the depo injection for a bit over a month and have been excessively losing ALOT of hair. I naturally have really thick asian hair that used to be really long and lush. My hair started falling out 3 weeks after being on the injection, and I had to cut it all off and like you, I can see parts of my scalp where my hair's thinning and fallen. It's so depressing, falls out everywhere I go and won't stop. I'm scared at the rate my hair falls out I will have none left! I went to see my doctor who wasn't much help but gave me a blood test, and found I had extremely low levels of Vitamin D and Folic Acid in my body. Depo causes this for sure, folic acid is what makes hair grow and be healthy. I've been taking Vitamin D and Folic Acid supplements now to improve the hair loss and hopefully produce regrowth. Depo also stops the process of follicle growth, another reason why we keep losing our hair on the injection. I am told to stop taking the injection, it time my hair will grow back. I am not entirely sure about this, only time will tell. Meanwhile, you should see a doctor ASAP, get a blood test, see what's wrong or what your missing and stop it. You might need vitamin supplements. On another note try using warm coconut oil and massage your scalp with it once a week to stimulate hair growth, wrap a towel around your head and leave it in over night or an hour or two, wash thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner as it is very oily. I've noticed some baby hair coming up but they could be some hair breakage, although I find my scalp feels better and healthier afterwards. All you can do really is wait it out until the depo is out of your system. Regards.
    sweet_sugar 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello,I have got the same problem. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! I've been on the depo injection for a bit over a month and have been excessively losing ALOT of hair. I naturally have really thick asian hair that used to be really long and lush. My hair started falling out 3 weeks after being on the injection, and I had to cut it all off and like you, I can see parts of my scalp where my hair's thinning and fallen. It's so depressing, falls out everywhere I go and won't stop. I'm scared at the rate my hair falls out I will have none left! I went to see my doctor who wasn't much help but gave me a blood test, and found I had EMTREMELY low levels of Vitamin D and Folic Acid in my body. Depo causes this, because folic acid is what makes hair grow and be healthy . I've been taking Vitamin D and Folic Acid supplements to improve the hair loss. Depo also stops the process of follicle growth, another reason why we keep losing our hair.I am told to stop taking the injection, it time my hair will grow back. I am not entirely sure about this, only time will tell. Meanwhile, you should see a doctor ASAP, get a blood test, see what's wrong or what your missing and stop it. You might need vitamin supplements just like me.On another note try using warm coconut oil and massage your scalp with it once a week to stimulate hair growth, leave it in over night or an hour or two, wash thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner as it is very greasy. I've noticed some baby hair coming up but they could be hair breakage, although I find my scalp feels better and healthier afterwards.What other side effects do you have besides excessive hair loss?Regards,VHELLO,FIRST OF ALL YOU *MUST* STOP THIS TYPE OF BIRTH CONTROL......DO NOT GET THE NEXT SET OF SHOTS.....DEPO IS NOT A GOOD TYPE OF BIRTH CONTROL AT ALL,IT SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET!HAIR LOSS,LONG,UNREGULAR PERIODS,NOT BEING ABLE TO GET PREGNANT,SEVERE PAIN,HAIR GROWTH SUCH AS A BEARD,OR MAN-LIKE-HAIR ON YOUR LEGS,ARMS ETC...... MOODS SWINGS,SEVERE WEIGHT GAIN AND MANY OTHER SYMPTOMS. I WOULD GO TO A HAIR SPECIALIST ABOUT YOUR HAIR FALLING OUT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THE NUVA RING ITS INSERTED IN THE VAGINA SUNDAY AFTER YOUR PERIOD AND LEFT IN FOR 3 WEEKS WHERE YOU THEN TAKE IT OUT AND START YOUR PERIOD,YOU AREGUARANTEED SHORTER,LIGHTER PERIODS WITH HARDLY NO SYMPTOMS AND THE RING IS UP AGAINST THE CERVIX AND WILL NOT GO FAIRLY THEN CERVIX! OR YOU CAN TRY THE (IUD-MIRENA) PLASTIC ONE ,NOT THE COPPER. INSERTED INTO THE UTERUS AND LEFT THERE FOR UP TO 5 YRS,IF YOU WANT TO GET PREGNANT FOR THE 5TH YEAR YOU CAN GET IT REMOVED,YOU WILL HAVE ALI CRAMPING AND HEAVY BLEDING YOUR FIRST PERIOD BUT IT HAS BEEN SAID YOU WILL HAVE VERY,LIGHT PERIODS OR NO PERIOD AT ALL AFTER ABOUT 6 MONTHES TO 1 YEAR OF THE USE OF THE IUD.MANDY
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  • Hello Sweet Sugar, and MandyThankyou very much for the reply. I contacted my healthcare provider, and she wasn't helpful at all. She basically just said "Sometimes that happens with Depo-provera, we can look into different birth control options, next time." ;_; I'm having a lot of other dreadful symptoms- mood swings, spotting, extreme constant fatigue, weight gain. Aaaah! I just want this stuff to hurry up and get out of my system! I hate it! I'm not going to take depo again, ever. Idk how they can even have something like this on the market. I'm so sorry to hear that you are suffering from this too. I will try taking folic acid and Vitamin D, as well as putting coconut oil on my scalp --I'm glad to know there's at least something I can try to do about it, so I don't feel so helpless. Thanks again, so much.
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  • Hello again,Since I've been taking the vitamins my hair has stopped falling out! So it does stop if you treat it! There is hope after all. So the only thing to do is wait for it to grow! However, don't take too much Vitamin D or folics in case your body might not need it, where as mine did. I would seriously advise you to go get a blood test immediately to make sure if you body is missing nutrients, vitamins etc. Your doctor should be able to at least be helpful with that :). Although I know definitely that coconut oil helps so you should really try it! Other symptons I'm getting are long periods (3 weeks straight already), fatigue, major mood swings. and weight loss (which was great at first, but now I'm getting thin that it worries me because I eat ALOT :( ). It's tragic what we have to go through. This drug is particularly dangerous and I wonder why it is even available. Goodluck with everything and I hope you will get through this! Regards.
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  • HELLO,FIRST OF ALL YOU *MUST* STOP THIS TYPE OF BIRTH CONTROL......DO NOT GET THE NEXT SET OF SHOTS.....DEPO IS NOT A GOOD TYPE OF BIRTH CONTROL AT ALL,IT SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET!HAIR LOSS,LONG,UNREGULAR PERIODS,NOT BEING ABLE TO GET PREGNANT,SEVERE PAIN,HAIR GROWTH SUCH AS A BEARD,OR MAN-LIKE-HAIR ON YOUR LEGS,ARMS ETC...... MOODS SWINGS,SEVERE WEIGHT GAIN AND MANY OTHER SYMPTOMS. I WOULD GO TO A HAIR SPECIALIST ABOUT YOUR HAIR FALLING OUT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THE NUVA RING ITS INSERTED IN THE VAGINA SUNDAY AFTER YOUR PERIOD AND LEFT IN FOR 3 WEEKS WHERE YOU THEN TAKE IT OUT AND START YOUR PERIOD,YOU AREGUARANTEED SHORTER,LIGHTER PERIODS WITH HARDLY NO SYMPTOMS AND THE RING IS UP AGAINST THE CERVIX AND WILL NOT GO FAIRLY THEN CERVIX! OR YOU CAN TRY THE (IUD-MIRENA) PLASTIC ONE ,NOT THE COPPER. INSERTED INTO THE UTERUS AND LEFT THERE FOR UP TO 5 YRS,IF YOU WANT TO GET PREGNANT FOR THE 5TH YEAR YOU CAN GET IT REMOVED,YOU WILL HAVE ALI CRAMPING AND HEAVY BLEDING YOUR FIRST PERIOD BUT IT HAS BEEN SAID YOU WILL HAVE VERY,LIGHT PERIODS OR NO PERIOD AT ALL AFTER ABOUT 6 MONTHES TO 1 YEAR OF THE USE OF THE IUD.MANDYHi Mandy......after reading your reply I felt compelled to reply! Now, in no way am I a medical profession but I do have endometriosis and it causes me a lot of discomfort! I have had the surgery to remove it already, but my doctor only put me on mild birth control pills soon after to help delay quick regrowth......yet I wish that she would have put me on depo-provera right after my surgery! I got on Depo-provera six months after when I began having horrible cramps (all the time) and when I was on my cycle my flow was so heavy that I could not leave the house! The shot is helping and the only side effect that I have had is some weight gain......better yet no periods! I understand that it does not effect everyone the same and while it might be horrible for one person it is a life saver for another (like myself)...... so please remember this before you judge a treatment so harshly! It actually does help A LOT of people and should not be taken off the market.....if it were not available I would have had to go through 6 months of depo-lupron which puts you into early menopause~okay I am 29 and will take the depo provera side effects over the ***l that menopause can bring any day!
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  • its been several years since your post. how are you doing now? did your hair grow back?
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