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PCOS and Hair Loss

PCOS- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal condition that affects women in their reproductive years. It can increase the risk of health problems such as diabetes and blood pressure, cause irregular menstruation which can impact fertility. It also causes acne, excess facial and body hair and hair loss…

Hair loss, whether it’s caused by PCOS or not, can be a traumatic experience for a woman and can lead to depression for some.

With PCOS, the reproductive hormones are imbalanced. Testosterone is high and Progesterone can be low. This can lead to male pattern baldness in women. Hair loss can occur at the front hairline and the crown of the head in a similar pattern as a man who suffers from genetic hair loss (androgenic alopecia)

Doctors aren’t sure exactly why some women have PCOS and some don’t. It could be genetic or be related to problems with the body producing too much insulin, which can affect ovaries and their ability to release eggs

The first step is to see a physician. A blood panel can check for thyroid imbalances or diabetes. They may do a pelvic exam and/or ultrasound to check for cysts on the ovaries.

Once the medical evaluation is complete, I can suggest a multi-therapeutic approach to regrow hair. Some of the therapies include, LLLT, Low Level Laser Therapy, topical and/or internal DHT inhibitors, minoxidil or an herbal hair growth serum as well as good scalp hygiene practices and nutritional advice. We will suggest some or all of these therapies depending on the individual situation.

If you think PCOS could be causing you to lose your hair, please contact your OBGYN then myself. Fill out the form at call 518-583-2626 or email to book a consultation appointment.

There is no need to suffer hair loss along with all of the other issues PCOS can cause.

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