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PCOS | Hair Loss

Another common hormone disorder that can cause hair loss in women is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This disorder leads to hyperandrogenism – a situation where your body produces high levels of male hormones. It is a non-scarring form of alopecia that is characterized by scalp hair thinning (SHT). This is more pronounced in the vertex of the scalp, with preservation of the frontal hairline. Very similar to Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)

How Does PCOS Cause Hair Loss? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition in women that usually causes polycystic ovaries, irregular periods, excess production of the androgen hormone, and sometimes show no symptoms. If you’ve got hair follicles that are ‘androgen-sensitive', then you're likely to notice more hair growth on your body and hair loss from your scalp [especially the frontal region]. You don’t just get follicle sensitivity, it’s usually in your genes…right from birth. So, if your follicle sensitivity is little to none, extra androgens won't be a problem. PCOS's exact cause isn't clear yet but, it's also genetically common in families. And while it's not curable, it can be treated.

How To Treat Hair Loss Due to PCOS?

  • Maintain a nutritious diet and a regular intake of hair vitamins to keep your hair healthy.

  • You can treat PCOS-induced hair loss orally and/or topically using anti-androgens and hair stimulants.

  • Talk to your trichologist or hair loss specialist for better, tailored information based on your health history.


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