Hello everyone, I wanted to post a message to see if any one you could help me find out the cause of my female pattern hair loss. I've done some research and I have it personally pinpointed to stress, Loestrin 24, and thyroid, however, currently my blood does not reflect any problems. My hair loss has generally progressed over the last 10 years. The only thing that has remained constant during that time is regular highlighting every 10 weeks. Three years ago, I went to law school, was on birth control, (Ortho-low) and started experiencing depression, loss of libido, and extreme hair loss. Now, my stress level was definitely high, maybe a little higher than normal, but I had never experienced such hair loss from the sides of my head! I cried every day and was just an emotional wreck. I left school, moved back home, and started another school for my MBA. The loss slowed down, but I never regrew hair. I switched from Ortho-low to Yaz, and eventually stopped birth control altogether. After a few months, I started Loestrin 24 and became even more emotionally distraught, having absolutely no libido or desire to do anything. I then had blood work done, revealing a hypoactive thyroid. I've been on Synthroid for over a year now, and those levels are "normal." I also quit taking Loestrin this August because I read that it could cause the exact symptoms I've been experiencing. I've had blood work done in the last 6 months, multiple times and everything checks out. However, my hair will not grow, keeps breaking, and is extremely broom like to the point where I can't even curl it anymore. The side loss is awful, you can see my scalp. I've stopped using hair bands, drying my hair, etc. I've gone to a dermatologist who tested me for ferritin, which came back normal, and told me that unfortunately I may just be the first in my fam to have FPB. She recommended a scalp biopsy, but really wasn't helpful. What should I do? I am obsessed with this because obviously women value their hair, and I just need to get to the bottom of the cause. Please help!! P.S. I am 26, back in law school, and a runner.