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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and how it affects your hair

By October 30, 2019 - 4:37am

PCOS is a common cause of infertility in women and it is found in as many as 5 to 10% of women. It is a condition that is caused by an imbalance of hormones in the body, and in fact, women with PCOS have too many androgen hormones present, and the estrogen can also be at too high of a level.

The ovaries of women with PCOS often contain several small cysts that vary in size from about 2mm to 6mm, but can sometimes be larger in size. In addition, the ovaries can sometimes be somewhat larger in size than usual, but this is not always the case. Ovulation is negatively impacted in women who have PCOS which is why they often have problems with fertility.

The increased concentration of estrogen hormone in women with PCOS does increase the risk of problems with the endometrium. This is the innermost tissue layer of the uterus, and if you have PCOS the high estrogen concentration can cause overdevelopment of this tissue layer which also increases the risk of endometrial cancer in the future. People with PCOS are often overweight and may have amenorrhea or very irregular periods.

The elevated androgen levels increase the risk of obesity and thus also metabolic syndrome. This is the syndrome associated with a higher than normal risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Heart disease risk increases because the androgen hormones are linked to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, two risk factors for cardiovascular problems. Researchers have found that women with PCOS also have a higher risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

The effect of PCOS on hair

The androgen hormones also increase the development of body hair (hirsutism) but also often cause hair loss from the head. Since PCOS has so many negative consequences, it is a good idea to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Hair loss from the scalp is often a source of embarrassment and shame for a woman. There are many options though, for treating thinning hair and bald spots on the scalp. You can visit a clinic such as the Vera Clinic in Istanbul, Turkey to find out what options are available for treating scalp hair loss.

Prescription medication such as minoxidil (5%) has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of female pattern hair loss. This medication comes in the form of a foam that is applied to the head, and over time it may help hair regrowth.

However, often hair that is lost due to PCOS does not grow back and if you are in this position then you may want to find a more permanent solution to the problem. This is when it is probably a good idea to look into FUE hair transplant surgery. This is the only way to have a permanent replacement of lost hair on the head, and results are often very good, especially if you go to an accredited and reputable clinic.

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