Hey everyone, So, I've been experiencing increased shedding and thinning hair and it's really freaking me out as I'm only 22. I was on Yaz for birth control for about a year and had no hair problems and then in late August, I switched to Loestrin 1/20. I've been heard this can cause hair loss because it has high androgens and well, I've already got androgen issues (my levels for NCAH test were more than normal but too low to be diagnosed), so I stopped it yesterday. However, also about 2-3 months ago, I went through an extremely stressful time when we thought my mom had cancer...so I don't know if I'm losing my hair because of that. I've started noticing my hair changing about a couple weeks ago. However, it's not necessarily falling out in clumps. I'm just noticing it feeling A LOT thinner and finer and finding hair in my bed, sink, and floor. When I wash it/blow dry it, it comes out in small clumps (like 5-15 hairs). But when I pull on it when it's dry, I get maybe 1-3, if any. My scalp is also sore/itchy (never had that before and noticed it starting after I started taking Loestrin) but shows no redness/irritation. Is that how TE works? If it is TE, can anyone give me an idea of how long it takes for your hair to get back to normal? I struggled for awhile about whether I should switch to a lower androgen birth control to see if the estrogen would help my hair...but I've heard horror stories about hair loss from just about every pill and wonder if maybe I'm doing the right thing in stopping altogether. I'm a candidate for androgenic alopecia, so I'm afraid that I have that..but would it start so suddenly and when I'm so young? Also, no women in my family have hair loss (except my mom when she was menopausal--and it went away with estrogen) but some men on my mom's side do. If anyone can help me figure out what might be causing my hair loss or offer advice on what I should do to stop/prevent things from getting worse...I'd really appreciate it. This is really scary to go through. Thanks!