PCOS hair loss

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects millions of women around the world. It is characterized by the presence of multiple small cysts on the ovaries and an imbalance of hormones, including androgens.

One of the common symptoms of PCOS is hair loss. Androgens, the male hormones that are present in both men and women, play a role in hair growth. In women with PCOS, the presence of high levels of androgens can lead to hair loss. This can cause the hair on the scalp to thin and can even lead to male-pattern baldness.

In addition to hair loss on the scalp, women with PCOS may also experience excess hair growth on the face, chest, and back. This is due to the high levels of androgens, which can cause the hair follicles to become overactive.

The good news is that there are many treatment options available for women with PCOS who are experiencing hair loss. One option is to use medications that can help to balance hormone levels and reduce the effects of androgens on the hair follicles. These medications can help to slow or stop hair loss and may even help to regrow lost hair.

In addition to medication, there are also many lifestyle changes that can help to manage PCOS and prevent hair loss. These include maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and reducing stress.

It is important to remember that hair loss can be a difficult and emotional experience for women with PCOS. However, with the right treatment and lifestyle changes, it is possible to manage this symptom and improve overall health and well-being. If you are experiencing hair loss due to PCOS, it is best to talk to your doctor to determine the best course of action

Dr. Amy Revene
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Revene M.B.B.S. A dedicated General Physician at New Hope Medical Center, holds a distinguished academic background from the University of Sharjah. Beyond her clinical role, she nurtures a fervent passion for researching and crafting hair care and cosmetic products. Merging medical insights with her love for dermatological science, Dr. Revene aspires to improve well-being through innovative personal care discoveries.

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