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Hair loss can occur as a side effect of taking Provera, although most women do not develop hair loss from the Provera. It actually can contribute to two types of hair loss. The most common is called androgenetic alopecia, which is a long term for hair loss that is due to a genetic predisposition and also has a component of hormonal activity. Changes in hormone levels also can be one of the possible triggers for hair loss caused by telogen effluvium, in which the hair growth cycle is interrupted.
It is not surprising that the hair loss is not noticed until after the drug was stopped, because the effect on hair can be delayed from the time of any condition that affects hair growth.
In either condition, the hair loss will typically recover after stopping the Provera, although it may take longer for the telogen effluvium.
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It will vary. Hair grows relatively slowly, which is why hair loss may not be noticeable until a week after stopping the drug. So, even the women in whom the hair growth resumes relatively quickly, it would usually not be noticeable for a couple weeks. On the other hand, the telogen effluvium may take longer to recover, as I said above, and commonly may take months to recovery.
Since the drug was stopped, there is usually no need to see your doctor for the hair loss. However, it may be necessary to discuss whether another medicine may be indicated to replace the Provera.
The hair loss will not affect the chances of getting pregnant. The underlying hormonal issues for which the Provera was prescribed may affect fertility, but not the side effect to the Provera.
Not since the drug was stopped. If hormones need to be continued for a specific underlying medical condition, then the doctor may start a different medicine called spironolactone to try to control the hair loos. But since the Provera was stopped, this would typically not be done.
In chronic cases of hair loss from any condition, minoxidil would be an another consideration, but since it may take 3 months for minoxidil to work, it is usually not used when the hair loss has only been present for the time period that you have experienced thus far.
The taking of the Provera would not affect your fertility. However, the underlying condition that was treated with the Provera may affect fertility.
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