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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


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I'm a 17 year old female after certain diagnoses I learnt that I have the symptoms of PCOS. Facial Hair & Acne. What should I do? Read about The Pill

I'm a 17 year old female after certain diagnoses I learnt that I have the symptoms of PCOS. Facial Hair & Acne. What should I do? Read about The Pill

Please see Dr.: Please see your Dr. You will need testing to determine the cause of your symptoms. Once you know the cause, the Dr. Can discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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My period comes late some months. Besides period irregularities and small amount of upper lip hair, I don't have any other symptoms. Could it be PCOS?

My period comes late some months. Besides period irregularities and small amount of upper lip hair, I don't have any other symptoms. Could it be PCOS?

PCOS Workup: Probably not but would need more testing. Mild facial hair and period timing changes are common. Due to genetic factors, stress, weight loss, exercise these can change the timing.
Start with a doctor visit. Ob Gyn, Reproductive endocrinologist, specialists most likely to be consulted. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes for a DHEA (S) level of 816 ug/dL? All other hormone levels are normal. I have hair loss, early satiety, and no PCOS

What are the possible causes for a DHEA (S) level of 816 ug/dL? All other hormone levels are normal. I have hair loss, early satiety, and no PCOS

DHEA: Need to know what is normal for the lab that did the test, what your other medical problems are (if any) and meds you are taking.

See me for a 2nd opinion online till 4 AM PCT today. ...Read more

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Dx w/ pcos 11yrs. Ago, on B.C. for cycles&Metformin&Adderrall for ADHD. Can't loose weight, hair is getting thinner&thinner, losing eyebrows. HELP!!

Dx w/ pcos 11yrs. Ago, on B.C. for cycles&Metformin&Adderrall for ADHD. Can't loose weight, hair is getting thinner&thinner, losing eyebrows. HELP!!

? thyroid problem: Rather than just PCOS, kindly check with your doctor for evaluation, possible blood work, and may be referral to an endocrinologist, best wishes ...Read more

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I'm at a normal weight, glucose test was normal, no acne and besides lip hair, no hirsitusim. My periods sometimes come late, could I still have pcos?

I'm at a normal weight, glucose test was normal, no acne and besides lip hair, no hirsitusim. My periods sometimes come late, could I still have pcos?

Yes: Yes, it's possible. See your PCP or OB/Gyn for further evaluation. Interestingly, weight / BMI is a weak factor. Your doctor may check your A1c, ask about fertility, regularity of your menstrual cycle, age at first period, relatives with PCOS, ethnicity, and use of certain meds. ...Read more

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Autoimmune, celiac, vitamin def, thyroid, anemia all normal. Still having dark circles, dry hair is thinning, dry skin, could it be pcos or low acid?

Autoimmune, celiac, vitamin def, thyroid, anemia all normal. Still having dark circles, dry hair is thinning, dry skin, could it be pcos or low acid?

Dry thin hair& skin: Sounds like you've had all the proper blood work. I would make sure you get vit D and B checked. You could have an intolerance to gluten which would not show up on any lab test. The sx also sound like you maybe malnourished. Have you been doing extreme dieting? I know when I diet everything is affected, and not right away. Try going gluten free, and drink water and tea. No soda. Feel better! ...Read more

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The only reason I am on birth control pill is due to pcos related hair loss, will adding saw palmetto help hair loss or will it counter birth control.

The only reason I am on birth control pill is due to pcos related hair loss, will adding saw palmetto help hair loss or will it counter birth control.

Saw palmetto: There is no evidence that it will help your hair, but evidence that it may interfere with your birth control. Are you on Metformin for the real problem with PCOS and testosterone? That being insulin resistance. If not suggest it to your physician or see an endocrinologist. Your best bet would be to see a dermatologist for help with your hair loss. ...Read more

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Weight gain, dizzy spells, syncope, heat intolerance, hazy head, rapid bl. Sug fluc. - neuro and cardio cleared- positive tilt table - PCOS cause all?

Weight gain, dizzy spells, syncope, heat intolerance, hazy head, rapid bl. Sug fluc. - neuro and cardio cleared- positive tilt table - PCOS cause all?

No: Your dizzy spells, syncope, and positive tilt table may indicate POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). If you have a positive tilt table, how can you be "cardio cleared"? Evaluation with an electrophysiologist (cardiologist specializing in neuro-cardiogenic syncope) may be revealing. If you have POTS, the prognosis is good - you'll get better in time and there are treatments. ...Read more

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Can pcos change the hair?

Can pcos change the hair?

Male pattern hair: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is caused by a hormonal imbalance that prevents follicles from growing normally and eggs from being released each month. People w/ PCOS miss periods because they don't ovulate, so there's no signal to shed the uterine lining. Hormone imbalances that lead to abnormal hair growth can be caused by obesity, so watch your diet and exercise. Control w/ birth control pills! ...Read more

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Fertility, weight & hair problems? Could it be pcos

Fertility, weight & hair problems? Could it be pcos

Absolutely: Pcos has many hormonal ramifications that do lead to fertility problems, weight gain and hair loss (scalp) and excessive hair (chest, face) as well as acne and an oily complexion. Have a doctor check this out because there are helpful treatments. ...Read more

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What is the best option for reducing excess hair related to pcos?

What is the best option for reducing excess hair related to pcos?

Several: The answer is pretty complicated and depends on what you want and which treatment you might get for your pcos. Generally, turning down the production of the hormones causing the hair growth would be birth control pills and something like aldactone, (spironolactone) which blocks some of the unwanted hormone production. Topical treatments like wax, laser, etc. Produce temporary relief. Metformin may also help some. ...Read more

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I have facial hair becuase of pcos. Is there any medication that can help this?

Hair and PCOS: Because pcos is an imbalance in hormones where male hormones are increased, we use medications such as spironolactone to help block those hormones to improve conditions like acne, hair loss or unwanted hair growth. However, there are treatments and dietary changes for the pcos itself which will improve the these skin conditions as well. ...Read more

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Does pcos last forever? Or can it be treated? I'm not sure if I have it. I lookedup symptoms & it said unwanted facial hair. I don't have any of that

Does pcos last forever? Or can it be treated? I'm not sure if I have it. I lookedup symptoms & it said unwanted facial hair. I don't have any of that

PCOS: Your doctor also may prescribe metformin (glucophage, glucophage xr), an oral medication for type 2 diabetes that lowers Insulin levels. This drug improves ovulation and leads to regular menstrual cycles. Metformin also slows the progression to type 2 diabetes if you already have prediabetes and aids in weight loss if you also follow a diet and an exercise program. ...Read more

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I want to know if creatine is safe for a woman with pcos as I've heard people say it sheds their hair and I'm wondering if medically it is safe to tak?

I want to know if creatine is safe for a woman with pcos as I've heard people say it sheds their hair and I'm wondering if medically it is safe to tak?

Throw it away: Don't be a sucker. You don't know what is in it because most testing shows the labels are fraudulent. There is NO BENEFIT to you even if the label is honest, which is unusual. ...Read more

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Can pcos cause sudden diffuse hair fall?

Can pcos cause sudden diffuse hair fall?

Not sudden: PCOS can definitely be linked to hair loss but it is usually chronic and slow. If you had sudden hair loss then it could be from something else. A dermatologist is probably the best doctor to see for this. Have your thyroid checked too ...Read more

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I have too much body hair because pcos please help?

I have too much body hair because pcos please help?

Electrolysis: You owe it to yourself, both personally and professionally, to ask about electrolysis as an option. It should be available in your community at little cost. ...Read more

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I have pcos. What can be done to stop my facial hair from getting worse?

I have pcos. What can be done to stop my facial hair from getting worse?

See you doctor: Pcos has many effects on the skin and hair. There are treatments used to modulate the excessive testosterone effects of this condition. This may include birth control pills and/or the addition of spironolactone (a water pill) that blocks testosterone receptors in the skin and hair and throughout the body. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation and help. ...Read more

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I am suffering from extreme hair fall since 3 months. I have also PCOS. Please suggest some medicine.?

Ok..: Treat PCOS with Metformin and increase your protein intake, take a multivitamin pill. Get your stool examined for ova and parasites. Avoid adulterated hair applications./coloring agent/moisturizer/oil. ...Read more

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Why do I have excessive hair growth due to pcos?

Simple: With pcos there are many, many small cysts on each ovary. Each of those cysts produce estrogen, but they also produce testosterone. The excess testosterone can cause hirsutism, it can also cause acne. See your doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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Have pcos. Lots of hair. How do I get rid of it?

Have pcos. Lots of hair. How do I get rid of it?

PCOS and xs hair: The best way to get rid of the excess hair is to first get your pcos under control with proper medications. Once this is done, spironolactone can be used to help you lose the hair. If after several months there is no improvement, then consider laser hair removal. ...Read more

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What to do about excessive hair growth due to pcos?

Treatment: You need treatement. First you need to verify you have PCOS by seeing a specialist.

Treatment:
Birth control -> Increased (SHBG) Sex hormone binding globulin that binds excess testosterone, reducing hair growth.

Spironolactone -> decreases Testosterone levels

Weight loss -> Reduces insulin levels which can cause elevated testosterone

Laser/Electrolysis treatment: -> permanent treatment. ...Read more

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I have pcos. Will losing weight help with abnormal hair growth?

Yes: Weight loss will help with all symptoms of pcos including excess hair growth. Unfortunately the excess hair that has become darker and thicker may not go away completely, but weight loss will prevent new hair from growing. You may still need to apply other methods for completely getting rid of the excess hair such as laser. Talk to your doctor if weight loss does not completely address hair growth. ...Read more

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I have pcos you want to know how you get rid of the unwanted hair?

Hirsutism: The approach to hirsutism in pcos is aimed at the cause of pcos rather than its manifestation. Weight loss should be pursued. This will help decrease your testosterone level. Also, birth control pills will raise your female organ concentrations that may help as well. Spironolactone is known to counteract testosterone and is used in this case. ...Read more

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Should I take creatine if I have pcos and also will it make me lose hair?

Should I take creatine if I have pcos and also will it make me lose hair?

Not helpful: Taking creatine will not do you any good, other than lightening your wallet.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of unwanted facial hair when dealing with pcos?

Medications: Because a hair follicle has a 4-6 month life span-you must be patient. Generally, we want to lower circulating androgens using birth control pills or in severe forms-lupron a gnrh-agonist. At the level of the hair follicle, we prevent the androgen from binding using spironolactone and-or androgens from being converted to the most potent androgen-dihydrotestesterone using flutamide. Be patient! ...Read more

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Does taking -ItWorks “Hair Skin Nails”- effect my PCOS and hormons negitively or its safe for PCOS?

Does taking -ItWorks “Hair Skin Nails”- effect my PCOS and hormons negitively or its safe for PCOS?

It Works: I hope I am reviewing the right product, but the "It Works" product I reviewed does not seem to have anything in it that would cause troubles with your PCOS ...Read more