**I FORGOT TO MENTION: I am still using Rogaine! Although I experienced some good results with the product, it certainly isn't a miracle product, and I cannot credit it to my sudden resurgence of hair because that occurred only after I stopped taking spironolactone. I plan on continuing to use Rogaine until I use up my remaining supply, and I will be sure to update you all if anything in my hair routine for thin hair changes!
T I M E L I N E :
2011 (17 years old): I discovered my hormone imbalance and began taking birth control and spironolactone to combat it. The plan was to check back in after 3 years to see my progress.
2011-2012 (17-18 years old): I lost A LOT of hair, but didn't really notice it/want to make a big deal out of it because I thought it was all part of the process.
2012-2015 (18-21 years old): I am away at college and studying abroad and am unable to follow up with the doctors about this pill regiment like we planned. Nevertheless, I continue to trust the process and believe that eventually things will get better.
December 2015 (21 years old): I compare old pictures and realize that something has gone horribly wrong because my hair is much worse than it was before I started taking the pills. I do research and develop the hypothesis that the spironolactone is what was causing my hair loss.
Early 2016 (21 years old): I see a dermatologist who does a biopsy of my scalp. The diagnosis was androgenic alopecia. I was not satisfied with this answer because I do not have a family history of hair loss. I continued to voice my desire to stop taking spironolactone, and we begin to wean me off of it.
July 2016 (22 years old): I am completely off of spironolactone and have kept my birth control the same.
July 2017 (23 years old): A year later, I see improvement. My hair appears to be making a comeback. My skin was quite bad for awhile, but seems to be evening out. My hormonal redness and breakouts have returned. Hormonal hair growth that had initially been eliminated with laser hair removal came back, but not to the same extent as before. My hair produces oil, which encourages hair growth. Overall, my body seems to be evening out!
Sometime in 2020 (26 years old): I will update you all on my progress after a full hair growth cycle off of the spironolactone!
Hey, friends! So the story of why my hair fell out is finally here! I know you all have been anxiously awaiting the answers that I have been searching for over the last year, and I really appreciate your patience! So, although this video explains why I have unusually thin hair, and although my hair is growing back, keep in mind that I will
A L W A Y S have thin hair. Sadly, I will never have the thick mane of beautiful hair that I long for (I mean, really, did you see Carli Bybel's new video that features her hair?! GOALS, UNATTAINABLE GOALS), but thankfully my hair seems to be making a comeback! I hope this video can help those of you who are struggling with hair loss / female hair loss / androgenic alopecia / any kind of alopecia. I also hope this video can help those of you searching for a reason as to why your hair is falling out. Above all, I want this video to share my spironolactone and birth control and hair loss story for those of you who may be going through something similar. For me, spironolactone caused my hair loss, and I hope I can give you all some hope that your hair can recover from something like this! I look forward to updating you all on my hair regrowth process in the next few years. Like I said in the video, I don't want to focus on how thin my hair is anymore, so I am only going to revisit the thinness / thickness or my hair in 3 years (which is a hair growth cycle). I hope you all can understand and respect my perspective. Again, thank you for your patience!
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MUSIC: 'Take the Chance' and 'Point of View' by Nicolai Heidlas