i am 19 years old / female. when i was younger, in my middle teen years i had thick, thick hair, now its so thin. whenever i take a shower i lose so much hair its ridiculous. i’ve been using mousse for my hair for a long time. i started really using it when i was about 14-15 years old, but now i use it frequently in my hair but i never put in on my scalp. i always put it in the middle to the ends of my hair. i colored my hair once and that was when i was 15-16 yrs. old, and i’ve been smoking marijuana for about 2-3 years, but not every day. i also started two new pills, one is a birth control pill levora. i’ve been taking that for a year and the other the one is zelnorm. ive been taking that for 4 months now. my question is what could be the cause of this? my mother has noticed my hair loss, and i’m scared i could go bald at a young age. i’ve lost so much hair in the past year or two. could what i’m doing or taking be the cause or what????
Birth control pill could potentially cause hair loss. However, Zelnorm does not directly cause hair loss. Zelnorm is for (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) IBS with constipation symptoms. Patients with IBS may have a nutrient deficiency leading to hair loss, so a focus upon your diet may be appropriate. There are many causes for female hair loss. I recommend that you visit your physician for blood work to rule out anemia and hypothyroidism, which could also potentially cause hair loss. The general causes for hair loss are hypothyroidism, alopecia areata, androgenic alopecia, repeatedly over plucking, eyebrows lifting, trichotillomania, stress, chemotherapy, radiation, eczema, seborrhea, scleroderma, lupus, hormonal imbalance, psoriasis, parasites, fungal, autoimmune disorders, poor diet, poor nutrients, burn, trauma, leprosy, and drugs. The common medications which may cause hair loss are beta-blocker, coumadin, oral contraceptive pill, antibiotics and chemo-medications.
Genetic hair loss starts in some women as early as 17-19 years of age. You need a complete examination for miniaturization to make the diagnosis, one way or the other. Get a good hair doctor, as that is critical for you to have a better understanding of what is happening to you.