PCOS Hair Loss: Effective Treatment Options for Hair Loss

Are you experiencing hair loss accompanied by weight gain, irregular menstrual cycle, and unusual hair growth on the body and chin? If your answer is the year for all these, then Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the reason for your hair loss. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of female infertility that affects many women around the globe. Here is some effective information on how you can deal with hair loss from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). 

Why does PCOS cause hair loss?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone disorder that can cause various symptoms like hirsutism and body hair. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) hair loss occurs due to an increase in the male hormone known as androgen in the female body. This hormone plays a vital role in triggering puberty and stimulating hair growth in the underarms and pubic areas. 

The other marked symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is to cause additional androgen production resulting in virilization. This refers to the development of more masculine features such as excess hair in places where it doesn’t usually grow like the neck, chest, face, and abdomen. All these additional androgens can thin the hair on your head and especially near the front of your scalp. This is known as female pattern hair loss. 

What Medical Treatments Can Help?

Due to hormonal imbalance, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) hair loss is caused so hormone regulation is an important part of hair loss treatment in PCOSThis hair loss problem can be tackled with a variety of medications. You have to remember that you may need to try a few medications before you find one that works for you and also a lot of people have the best results with a combination of medications.

Some common treatment options for PCOS-related hair loss are listed below for your reference.

Oral Contraceptive Pills

An oral contraceptive pill is nothing but a birth control pill that can lower androgen levels and help to reduce excess hair growth and reduce hair loss. Birth control pills also help with other Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) symptoms like acne and irregular periods. For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) related hair loss, an anti-androgen drug is often prescribed in combination with oral contraceptives. 

Spironolactone (Aldactone)

It is an oral medication that is called an aldosterone receptor antagonist which is approved as a diuretic to treat fluid retention. Spironolactone is effective for treating androgenetic alopecia and it also blocks the effects of androgen on the skin and is usually prescribed together with an oral contraceptive.  

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

It is the approved drug for treating female pattern baldness and Minoxidil is a topical treatment that you apply to your scalp daily. Rogaine enhances your hair growth and can also give your hair a thicker appearance.

Hair Transplant

It is a surgical procedure that is used to implant hair on the scalp. In a hair transplant, the hair follicles and hair are removed from one area with a lot of hair and transplanted into the area of thinning or baldness. Hair transplant usually requires a few procedures and also the cost of hair transplant providers as it is considered a cosmetic procedure.

Finasteride (Propecia) and Dustasteride (Avodart) 

Both Propecia and Avodart are approved to treat male pattern hair loss but there is also some evidence that both finasteride and dutasteride can help with female pattern hair loss.  

Natural Herbal Supplements

Most often we can avoid all of the above and control PCOS-related hair loss with natural herbal extracts and a combination of specific nutrients that are safe and effective.

Mesotherapy/PRP/ HGFT

MicroInjections of nutrients and specifications growth factory in the scalp can make hair follicles stronger this resulting in less shedding of hair and regrowth with improved density.