Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Hair Loss

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS may be a primary cause of hair loss for women. The failure to grow new hair for women with PCOS is because of high levels of male hormones.

While hair on the scalp may be thinner, they will probably find hair on the face is coarser and pops out in the strangest places. Black, coarse hairs are known to sprout on the chin, cheeks or even under the chin! Leg hair may be coarser and grow faster as well as hair under the arm.

Excess Hormones

Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that is converted from the male hormone testosterone. This hormone attaches to the hair follicles and puts them in resting mode. The follicles are still active but become thinner with each cycle. This leaves open the possibility of new hair growth.

Excessive levels of androgen occur in women who are menopausal, or have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Hormone imbalance because of pregnancy, head injuries, birth control side effects, and women who are postmenopausal is largely responsible for hair loss in women. Called Androgenic Alopecia, its hair loss because of hormone imbalance.

Estrogenic Alopecia

Estrogenic alopecia is caused by a fall in estrogen levels. Estrogen levels are responsible for a healthy head of hair. Pregnant women usually have beautiful hair, thick and fuller because of the higher estrogen in their body. After the birth of the baby, hair begins to shed to normal levels.

Hair loss because of estrogen loss appears around the time of menopause. Estrogen levels drop and this may be the first sign of pending menopause. Not everyone will have extreme hair loss because of a lack of estrogen, but most women will have some thinning at this time in their life.

Although most of the time, hair loss starts out with perimenopause, sometimes it wont occur until a few years after the last menstrual cycle.

Hypothyroidism

Many women who have PCOS may also have thyroid problems usually hypothyroidism. The low function of the thyroid results in high levels of the male hormone testosterone. Its possible to have several reasons for hair loss. PCOS and thyroid problems go together. Weight problems occur because of the thyroid disease and are a contributing reason to female hair loss.

If you have hair loss due to PCOS or any other hormone imbalance, treat your hair gently. Use a mild shampoo and dont shampoo any more than is necessary for cleanliness.

Use a soft brush and avoid damaging your thin hair with chemicals such as hair dye or permanent solution. Consider using a satin pillow while you are sleeping. The satin will not trap hairs and pull them out like a cotton pillowslip will.

You may consider a change in hairstyles if your hair is getting thinner. A new hair cut, or wearing it in a different way may help any thinning hair to be less noticeable.

Caring for your hair while it is still healthy is the best approach to thinning hair. A mild shampoo, a soft brush, caring for your scalp, and eating nutritious meals will help.