PCOS is polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a condition that is found in women. This condition occurs when there is an imbalance of the hormones.
The hormones affected include progesterone and androgens, with the progesterone being too low and the androgens being too high if you have PCOS. There are many problems associated with this condition including the development of acne, having skin that is too oily, and having the problem of thinning hair.
A study done by researchers in 2003 firmly established the link between PCOS and the development of alopecia in women. They found that these women often sought treatment because of the problem of thinning hair and hair loss, and that these symptoms were the most troubling for women who have PCOS.
PCOS does seem to have a genetic component since often a woman who develops the condition also had a relative who also had it. Both genetics and environmental factors seem to be responsible for causing PCOS in women.
The condition is also worsened by poor diet, lack of exercise and obesity. It is therefore important that women who are diagnosed choose to eat healthy and exercise, and this may also help improve the condition of their hair.
PCOS hair loss treatment options
There are medications that can help if you have PCOS with hair loss problems. For instance, the medicine aldactone (spironolactone) works to decrease the effects of the androgen hormones on the body.
The medicine achieves this by stopping the hormones from binding to the cell receptors. However, this medication has some unpleasant side effects and thus may not be suitable or well-tolerated by patients.
Finasteride can be taken as an oral medication but it also has unwanted side effects such as weight gain, which in the case of PCOS may worsen the condition in the long run. It can’t be taken by pregnant women either, so that is a problem.
The medication that is often prescribed to treat hair loss problems is minoxidil. The issue with minoxidil is that it also has side effects, which may be hard to tolerate.
It can promote body hair growth as well as the hair growth on the head. A woman who is already experiencing excess body hair due to PCOS may not be keen on becoming even more hirsute.
The way that minoxidil works is it interferes with the growth cycle of hair and promotes the growing phase of hair. Another unwanted side effect is the potentially irritated scalp that can result from using minoxidil.
A woman who is already struggling with so many issues because of PCOS probably does not want to have to deal with even more discomfort.
PRP therapy and PCOS hair loss treatment
Probably the best choice for most women will be the PRP therapy that is offered at many hair loss clinics. This method uses your own blood cells to stimulate hair growth and it is a popular technique that is minimally invasive. You can read more about treatment options for PCOS at https://www.veraclinic.net/blog-en/treatments-for-pcos-hair-loss/.
This is a guest post by Moudja Boualleg.