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Birth control

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:02 am
by Guest Posts
What type of birth control pill is recommended for people with hidradenitis suppurativa? Are there any pills that are known to cause flareups?

Re: Birth control

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:42 pm
by Dr Derrick Phillips
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.