I know a lot of women (myself included) are confused by the fact that oral contraceptives are actually used to treat hormonal hair loss, when in fact often times it is the pill that is responsible for beginning the early onset of androgenetic alopecia in the first place. This is my situation. The high androgen pill Loestrin FE started my hair loss (actually occurred when I stopped taking it) and then I was later put back on Ortho Tri-Cyclen in an effort to treat it. I suppose it made sense on some level to try and restore hormonal balance. There are times I do kick myself for getting back on a pill when it was the evil little thing that caused this. But I felt I HAD to be proactive. I can't say for sure it it helped or not because I really don't know how much better or worse my hair would have been had I not used that or Aldactone. Dr. Geoffrey Redmond posted a list of "hair friendly" pills on BaldTruthTalk: 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: Yasmin (ocella) Yaz (no generic) Ortho Cyclen and TriCyclen (Generics Mono and Tri Nessa, Sprintec and TriSprintec. Desogen (Apri) Mircette (Kariva) 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.