Biotin = skipped period?

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I've been taking 2000mcg biotin for about six weeks (in addition to my multivitamin) for hair growth. I didn't have any side effects with it, though I skipped my period this month. I had a tinge of blood last week (a week after it was supposed to come). Before you ask, no I'm not pregnant. I actually skipped a period once before when I was taking biotin, and when I stopped taking the biotin a couple days later, it came. This time around, I quit taking it two days ago, but still no sign of my period. Though, I've been extremely tired the past few days, so maybe it's coming.

I was just wondering if it is a coincidence that a month or two after starting biotin, both times, I missed my period. I quit taking it the last time because it didn't seem to be helping my hair growth. After reading some posts here, I decided to try it again, but in a higher dosage. I'm just wondering if others have experienced this with biotin, and/or if it's normal to miss a period because of new supplements being introduced to the diet. I had asked my doctor before, and he'd said that unless it has hormones in it, shouldn't cause me to skip a period. I'm trying to rule out things. With the tiredness and missed period, I'm thinking I may be getting sick. Stuff is going around and I recently started a new job and have been anxious and out of whack with that.
Hmm I don't take but 1200 biotin but so far no missed periods. It's a B isn't it? so I don't know why it would do that. But hey if you stop taking it and get a period I'd go with how my body reacts.
I have shorter and shorter periods but I had that with or without biotin, it's just that time of life for me.
Now I do take my biotin in a vitamin and not by itself and not so much at a time. I took 500 for 2 years now my hair vitamin has 1200 in it.

Well now that being said I did google biotin and menstrual cycle. YOu should do the same. It does say something about non specific site binding that you'll want to look at. They were talking about avidin-biotin? I'm not a genius enough to decipher it all
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I googled biotin and menstruation and didn't find anything. I also have no idea what non specific site binding and avidin-biotin are, but I'll try googling some different word combinations and see what happens.
Yeah I wouldn't think that biotin specifically would cause a problem, but adding new supplements like that to one's diet maybe could cause some irregularities. I know biotin can affect the metabolism. Come to think of it, I did have a bit more energy than normal while on biotin.
Apparently biotin is a non specific site binder, they put avidin with it to make it a specific site binder (bind to the sites they want it to bind to)
But it says here it makes the period more regular so that doesn't help now does it, sorry!
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
http://public.fotki.com/Medusahair/

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
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Apparently biotin is a non specific site binder, they put avidin with it to make it a specific site binder (bind to the sites they want it to bind to)
But it says here it makes the period more regular so that doesn't help now does it, sorry!
Originally Posted by medusahair
No lol, but thank you! It's surprising to hear that biotin could actually help make a cycle more regular. Guess not in my case. My body is so sensitive though and I've gotten some strange reactions from certain medicines and even foods. I bet it is just stress anyway. Just wanted to see if others who've taken biotin or other supplements to increase hair growth have had changes in their cycles. I'll post this on the growing out forum too. Thanks again, medusa.

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