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by Guest Posts on Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:02 am

Birth control

What type of birth control pill is recommended for people with hidradenitis suppurativa? Are there any pills that are known to cause flareups?
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by Dr Derrick Phillips on Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:42 pm

Re: Birth control

In some women HS flares before the menstrual period. This is due to the influence of hormones known as androgens. Combined oral contraceptive pills containing anti-androgens (e.g. Diannette), may be helpful where there is a hormonal element to HS. Progesterone only contraception (e.g. mini pills, the contraceptive implant or Mirena coil) may make symptoms worse.

Alternatively, some women will benefit from an anti-androgen tablet called spironolactone. You will usually need to see a Dermatologist to start this treatment.

There are a number of factors that determine which type of birth control can be safely prescribed for an individual. For more information, speak to your GP.

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