Hair isn’t just about style; it’s deeply intertwined with our self-esteem and our identity. So, when you experience hair loss it can be both puzzling and distressing – especially when the root cause isn’t immediately clear.
One potential cause of hair loss for many women that may not be immediately obvious, is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Here, we’ll explore the relationship between PCOS and hair loss and the different ways you can manage it.
What is PCOS and What Is Its Link to Hair Loss?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal condition that affects millions of women worldwide. It’s basically an imbalance in reproductive hormones, which can lead to various symptoms including irregular menstrual cycles, acne, and hair loss or thinning.
The hair loss side effect is often caused by an increased level of androgen hormones. These hormones can shrink hair follicles, leading to the hair growing back thinner, weaker, or sometimes not at all.
How to Manage Hair Loss with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Hair loss caused by PCOS can be distressing, but there are treatment options available. Here’s a closer look at some of the best ways to manage hair thinning or loss linked to the condition:
Anti-androgens are a class of medications, designed to reduce the production or effect of androgen hormones in the body. Since an increase in androgens is often behind hair loss in PCOS patients, these medications can be particularly beneficial.
They work by blocking the receptors that androgens attach to, lessening their impact and potentially slowing the rate of hair loss.
There are various topical treatments available, with minoxidil being one of the most effective. They are solutions or foams that you apply directly to the scalp. Minoxidil, for example, stimulates hair follicles, promoting growth and thickening existing hair strands. For best results, you’ll need to be consistent with the application.
Apart from anti-androgens, other medications can be prescribed to combat hair loss due to PCOS. Birth control pills can regulate menstrual cycles and reduce the level of androgens in the system, indirectly helping to reduce hair thinning.
Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any medication to ensure it’s the right fit for your unique situation.