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Experiencing PCOS hair loss? All you need to know

PCOS-related hormonal imbalance causes hair loss in the scalp’s frontal region

Hair lost due to PCOS can be regrown with the right medication and treatment

Weight loss and a healthy diet can help reduce PCOS-related hair fall

May 25th, 2021
3 mins read
PCOS hair loss: Treatments and easy home remedies

PCOS is very common today, and affects women in their reproductive ages, i.e., 13-45 years. Some of the symptoms caused by PCOS include irregular periods, infertility or issues in conceiving, acne, weight gain on the abdomen, excessive facial and body hair (hirsutism) and hair loss on the head. 

PCOS and hair loss

Androgens play an important role such in a woman’s body, stimulating the growth of underarm hair and pubic hair, regulating blood flow during menstruation, etc. But when excessive androgens are produced, one of these hormones, namely dihydrotestosterone (DHT), tends to bind to follicles of hair on the scalp making the survival of healthy hair difficult. This results in hair eventually becoming thinner, shorter and lightened, until hair is not produced at all. All these factors of PCOS cause hair loss, a condition known as androgenic alopecia or female pattern baldness. 

Additional Read: PCOD vs PCOS: Know the Differences and Similarities

Is PCOS hair loss reversible?

Hair fall due to PCOS does not tend to grow back by itself, but with medication and treatment available today for PCOS, hair regrowth is possible as doctors can stimulate new growth on the scalp. The rate of PCOS hair loss regrowth success is high as there are a number of options that help restore your hormonal balance, target the androgens affecting your hair follicles, and also nourish new hair growth. 

hairloss home remedy

Additional Read: PCOD Diet: foods to eat and foods to avoid

Treatments for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome hair loss 

Minoxidil

With a topical medication called minoxidil, PCOS symptoms of hair fall and thinning can be addressed.  

Oral contraceptives

These can lower levels of androgens, which in turn help to reduce PCOS hair fall 

Hair transplant

In this surgical PCOS hair loss treatment, follicles of hair are taken from other places on the scalp and transplanted. These follicles once embedded take to the scalp and begin to grow as normal.  

Additional Read: How to Have Healthy Hair?

Home remedies for PCOS hair thinning and PCOS balding

PCOS hair loss home remedies include: 

  • Consuming aloe-vera juice to restore hormonal balance 
  • Applying cinnamon oil to the scalp to circulate blood to follicles  
  • Making a hair pack with crushed fenugreek seeds to fight hair thinning   
  • Getting regular scalp massages to strengthen hair roots and improve blood circulation  
  • Taking Zinc and biotin, two recommended PCOS hair loss supplements 

Schedule appointments with gynecologists for PCOS and trichologists for hair fall related symptoms on the Bajaj Finserv Health App today.

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