Going to dermatologist for hair loss I'm only 19, should I tell her I took plan B twice this year? (photos)
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It’s always important to tell your physician all the information including the medicine that you have taken
It’s always important to tell your physician all the information including the medicine that you have recently taken or are currently taking, otherwise they won't have all the facts to better serve you.
When it comes to determining the cause of hair loss, every piece of information is potentially relevant. Information relating to Plan B is important as the hormone contained in the medication (1.5 mg levonorgestrel) could cause shedding in a smaller number of users - as can any sudden hormone change.
But all females with perceived hair thinning require blood tests. If your hair does not improve be sure to see your dermatologist for repeat evaluation and consideration of ordering blood tests. Low iron levels are sometimes relevant to hair loss in young women as are anemias (low hemoglobin), thyroid issues. Other causes including hair styling practices, stress, diet, weight loss and general scalp health need to be reviewed.
Understanding Hair loss and hair loss treatment options: hair transplant, prp and progesterone
Yes, I would disclose all recent medications. There are great non-invasive options like prp/progesterone and/or hair transplantation. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer
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Birth control pills
Birth control pills are known to cause hair loss in women. Sometimes the hair loss is only minimal and your dermatologist should be able to tell you haw bad your hair loss is
Full disclosure is best
It is important that you tell your doctor everything when you are trying to assess the cause of your hair loss. If the doctor asks you any questions it is for a reason and it is necessary for your best health interests to be able to be honest. Even if it is hard for you to do it in front of your parents. It is wise to let your doctor know in some way afterwards.
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