The internet is home to a lot of misinformation and clickbait, and sometimes it can be hard to know what to believe. Social media posts about the side effects of stopping birth control have been rampant recently and many of these claims are unfounded.

A recent article generated a lot of negative attention for suggesting a possible link between going off birth control pills and developing severe hair loss. The article focused on a 25-year-old woman who took to TikTok to share her hair loss journey after she discontinued hormonal birth control. When the woman visited a dermatologist, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata, which they believed was triggered by the discontinuation of birth control pills.

However, the actual main triggers for alopecia areata are stress, asthma, thyroid disease, seasonal allergies and pernicious anemia