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
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition where cysts form in the ovaries due to the release of a number of immature or partially mature eggs. Women have two ovaries, one on either side of the uterus. Each ovary releases an egg alternately every month. When this normal functioning is replaced by one or both ovaries releasing immature eggs that turn into cysts, it results in enlarged, fluid-filled sacs inside the ovaries. This condition is known as PCOS. PCOS occurs due to a hormonal imbalance where the body produces more androgens than normal. Androgens are the male hormones that the ovaries also produce in very small quantities.
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.
Androgens produced in a woman’s body play an important role such as stimulating the growth of underarm hair and pubic hair, regulating blood flow during menstruation, etc. But when excessive androgens are produced (medically known as hyperandrogenism), 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 the hair is not produced at all. All these factors of PCOS cause hair loss, a condition known as androgenic alopecia or female pattern baldness.
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Hair fall due to PCOS does not tend to grow back by itself, but with medications and treatments 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 medicines and treatments that help restore your hormonal balance, target the androgens affecting your hair follicles, and also nourish and care for new hair growth.
Keep in mind that treatments tend to see more success when it comes to slowing down the progression of this kind of hair loss rather than actually reversing it. With hair loss due to PCOS, doctors usually decide to first control the overproduction of androgens with medications, and then proceed with topical treatments.
With a topical medication called minoxidil, PCOS symptoms of hair fall and thinning can be addressed. Prescribed by doctors, it is used in the treatment of male and female pattern baldness and can be applied directly to the scalp’s problematic areas to promote growth of hair and increase thickness.
These can lower levels of androgens, which in turn help to reduce PCOS hair fall. Birth control pills also come to the rescue for other PCOS symptoms, such as acne and irregular periods. It is important to consume these medicines only after consultation with your doctor.
This is a surgical method used to treat androgenic alopecia that comes with PCOS. In this PCOS hair loss treatment, follicles of hair are taken from other places on the scalp that have not been affected, and transplanted to the front of the scalp or wherever hair loss is seen. These follicles once embedded take to the scalp and begin to grow as normal.
Along with consulting your doctor for PCOS hair fall treatment, there are a few things you can do in the comfort of your home. PCOS hair loss home remedies include the following.
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Schedule appointments with gynecologists for your PCOS issues and trichologists for hair fall related symptoms on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book in-clinic appointments and video consultations, and get access to health plans as well.