I had two questions emailed to me this week on the same topic: did stopping Spiro cause me to lose the hair that was coming back, or have some sort of shed? That’s an interesting question!
The thing with my loss is that I’ve never been one to wake up to a pillowful of hair, nor do I really see it in the shower. While on the Spironolactone, I was washing my hair every second day (first day my hair was worn down, the 2nd and 3rd day I wore it up); now I have to wash every other day. I’d occasionally notice a little hair if I was brushing my hair out from my ponytail in the mornings before putting it back up, or when I was combing it through prior to a shower. But, it would only be 10 strands or so, max. This was always weird to me, since all those hairs that many PCOS women pick off their clothes all day should be trapped by my hair tie, right? Not for me. I haven’t been able to find alot of information out there about this or really anyone like me, but what I figured out was that I really don’t shed hair. Period. I just don’t grow it back (or if I do, it’s miniaturized).
Will Your Hair Shed Going off Spiro?
So, it’s really hard for me to say if YOUR hair will shed if you go off Spiro. For me, I didn’t have any shedding, but I don’t shed much anyways. I know the normal amount of shedding is about 100 strands/day. If I was losing that much, I can almost guarantee I’d be close-to-bald at the crown very soon. After I gave birth to my first child, I shed a LOT of hair. I never really counted the strands (quite frankly, I didn’t care to cry about it anymore), but I often wonder if that is what many women losing hair experience on a daily basis.
I have heard of women trying a few different ways to keep the hair when they have this fear. The admin of womenshairlossproject.com posted about going off Spiro and birth control pills and how she tries to counteract shedding with PRP therapy. She seems to think it has helped a bit.
If you are deciding to go off Spiro, good luck — and let me know how it goes!