Polycystic ovary disease and hair loss explicit a great mental and emotional distress to a woman suffering with it. Normally polycystic ovary syndrome is abbreviated as PCOS. Hair loss due to polycystic ovary syndrome is the most commonly occurring health problem in women nowadays. It is affecting 6-12 percent women alone in the US and almost 60 percent women all around the globe.40% of total sufferers are young women. Thinning and loss of hair predominantly occurs due to excess release of male hormone which is called as androgen. This androgenic alopecia leads to shrinkage of follicles on the scalp as well as hair line causing death and brittleness. Although this male pattern doesn’t propagate complete baldness in women as seen in males. The major difference between male pattern and female pattern hair loss lies in the fact that hair follicles of a woman do not die completely while in case of males they die completely and require some surgical modes of hair restoration. It is greatly enlightening for women suffering with polycystic ovary that she can regain her beauty with the support of some therapies. Additional causes may include menopause, low levels of estrogen level, use of drugs like in cancer treatment, anemia, more consumption of fatty foods, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Thyroid disorder etc.
Symptoms of Polycystic ovary(PCOS) and hair loss(3):
Major symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome with hair loss (4) involve loss of multiple strands while combing or taking showers which reportedly include 100-150 hairs a day. They get thinned from the apex as well as the frontal side of the head. Upon this one should precisely and consciously determine her weight. If it has increased in recent months, it is another sign of hair fall associated with PCOS. Disturbance of menstrual cycle along with acne also refers to this syndrome Also, if she has developed more thicker on her body predominantly on her chin. In this case hair follicles must be popping out as its not male pattern adrenergic alopecia but due to excessive dryness and brittleness and being prone to disease they break up easily upon brushing or washing. If it’s yes to all other symptoms mainly with hair fall, then you must consult the gynecologist or endocrinologist and have your ultrasound or blood test done. Also, some underlying causes of polycystic ovary and hair loss (5) can be nutritional deficiency as those who are vegetarian obtain less or no zinc due to avoidance of lean meat resulting in weakness of follicles off shooting to alopecia. Some may be anguishing with chronic or iron deficiency anemia which promotes less oxygen and nutrition supply to hair culminating alopecia. Patient is already tolerating the anxiety of hair loss due to these underlying causes which also may get triggered with high androgen levels because of hormonal disturbance associated with PCOS, eventually causing triangular patches of alopecia upon her hair line or apex region. Therefore, there is no ambiguity that the hair loss therapies does exist which includes some medications as well as a balanced diet. Some perks of the modern era are the use of surgical methods of hair restoration which has diminished the worry of hair loss up to some extent .After all, hair is the grace of human beauty. If your test results ensure you are suffering from Polycystic ovaries then immediately consult your endocrinologist or gynecologist for a treatment plan. Conventional over the counter shampoos, hair oils and vitamins can also help to regain the broken hair and nail health. Whereas the actual treatment involves the oral medication.
Oral remedies for polycystic ovary (PCOS) and hair loss(6):
If you are diagnosed with polycystic ovary and hair loss (7) your gynecologist or endocrinologist may prescribe the use of some oral medications which may involve antiandrogen drugs, use of metformin which will help in losing weight and thinning of cyst. Oral contraceptives can also be prescribed which may help in the controlled release of male androgen hormone (testosterone) and also increase the release of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) which resultantly reduces the size of cyst and reduces the breaking and drying of hair follicles which gradually will control hair loss and also undertakes the thick production of hair predominantly on chin and face and on other parts of body. Antiandrogenic drugs are prescribed if oral contraceptives do not show any response. Some GPs adopt the use of spironolactone which keeps the androgen activity balanced in your body. Some may prescribe Cyproterone acetate to increase the hair follicles causing enhanced hair growth.
People who have polycystic ovaries with hair loss (8) may also be advised the local application of minoxidil which is an FDA approved drug. It acts by controlling the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which causes baldness. It enhances the blood flow and nutrition of hair follicles causing them to get strong and grow to enhance the beauty of the head. Another FDA approved drug Finasteride is also used to control the release of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) resulting in the growth of thickened hair follicles leading to hair reclamation. Some sulphate free shampoos and conditioners are available in the market which also help hair to get stronger and thickened with time. All these drugs and shampoos gradually help in hair growth. It is not the matter of just one application.
Use of hair care procedures:
Healthy diet plan:
By the guidance of your GP or gynecologist one must use a healthy diet which involves the use of lean meat, green leafy vegetables, milk, fruits and nuts providing more proteins, specifically iron to reduce chronic or iron deficiency anemia. They may also provide adequate amounts of vitamin A, E, D and calcium including the daily intake of multivitamins. This will surely impact the healthy growth of hair strands enhancing luster full hair. Biotin and zinc play a vital role in hair follicle development. Low levels of zinc may also trigger hair fall.
Hair rejuvenation with the help of surgical treatments is not less than a miracle in this era. It is no doubt a great blessing of our Lord. It has a rapid action which can be seen in 4 to 10months. It may involve either FUT (Follicular unit transplant) or FUE (Follicular unit extraction). Hair follicles are extracted from one part of the head and grafted to the hairline and apex resulting in hair growth. After hair transplant you can easily flaunt within your society with different types of hair styles.
Note: This rejuvenation is extremely fruitful if the sufferer properly follows the oral medication to lessen the overproduction of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) an androgenic hormone.
Polycystic ovary (PCOS) and hair fall (9) is not a fatal disease neither it affects any vital organ of the body. It doesn’t run in the generations and also not a lifetime disease like high per tension or diabetes. Yes, it does affect your fertility unless it is treated with proper medication. Again, mentioning hair fall can be easily treated initially with the use of a balanced healthy diet which involves vitamins, zinc, biotin and iron etc. rather than the carbs containing fattening diet. Remember nothing is impossible in this world if you are determined to achieve it. Best and fastest mode of hair growth is adoption of hair transplant surgery which will help you look happy and beautiful within four to ten months of treatment .In short there is nothing to worry if you are suffering from hair loss due to poly cystic ovaries (PCOS).