Originally Posted by caseybear
I have yet to find a definitive list that states which birth control pills are the most "hair friendly." please let me know which are best ones in your opinion.
There are several birth control pills that are most hair friendly.
It is harder nowadays to know what you are getting because there are many generics with different names for the same pill. Generic equivalents are in parentheses.
So here is a partial list:
Yaz (no generic)
Ortho Cyclen and TriCyclen (Generics Mono and Tri Nessa, Sprintec and TriSprintec.
These have no testosterone like activity and so will not worsen androgenic alopecia.
Most androgenic and therefore to be avoided are those containing the progestin levonorgestrel. These include Ovral, LoOvral, Nordette, Alesse and numerous generics.
My book, It's Your Hormones has a detailed discussion of the best and worst birth control pills.
Hope this helps.
Geoffrey Redmond, MD
The Hormone Help Center of New York http://www.hormonehelpny.com/
Author, It's Your Hormones
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