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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

Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Best birth control pills for pcos. I deal with hair loss & painful ovarian cysts. ?

Best birth control pills for pcos. I deal with hair loss & painful ovarian cysts. ?

Trial and error: there is no one "best" pill for ANY condition, although the pill manufacturers may try to make you believe there is. You need to work with a doctor who can go through the process with you. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Abnormal hair loss for almost 1 month. Have PCOS and take medication daily. It doesn't stop or get better. What to do?

Abnormal hair loss for almost 1 month. Have PCOS and take medication daily. It doesn't stop or get better. What to do?

Rogaine (minoxidil): Testosterone metabolized to DHT or dihydrotestosterone causes male pattern hair loss in women with PCOS along with acne, thickened body hair, and problems with weight and fertility. Glucophage (metformin) aids in weight loss and fertility and has only rarely if ever caused hair loss. I would try Rogaine 2%(minoxidil) over-the-counter. There is also 5% available by prescription. ...Read more

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I'm 32. On feb 3, i had a suction based abortion. I had usg exmn in nov’13 showing mild pcos. Now I have severe hair loss. Is it due to pcos/abortion?

I'm 32. On feb 3, i had a suction based abortion. I had usg exmn in nov’13 showing mild pcos. Now I have severe hair loss. Is it due to pcos/abortion?

Not abortion: During pregnancy, hair increases. The extra hair will shed after the pregnancy ends. It's not because of pcos or the abortion, it's due to the pregnancy. If it continues see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a remedy for severe hair loss due to pcos in women? I am 25 years old and my hair is falling out almost in chunks on a daily basis.

Is there a remedy for severe hair loss due to pcos in women?  I am 25 years old and my hair is falling out almost in chunks on a daily basis.

Reduce male hormones: Try reducing your male hormone levels. Oral contraceptive pills will help along with glucophage and a low glycemic index diet. Rogaine (minoxidil) temporarily will help regrow some of the hair. Spironolactone will help block the male hormone levels at the surface of the skin. ...Read more

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Can hair removal help pcos women or the situation get worse with that? And what should pcos woman eat? In case of hair loss, hair can grow again?

Can hair removal help pcos women or the situation get worse with that? And what should pcos woman eat? In case of hair loss, hair can grow again?

Removing hair: Will not effect your pcos in anyway. The hair is a byproduct of the hormonal dysfunction related to pcos and changing hair will not effect the pcos itself in anyway. As for diet, this can be a more complex issue, but people with pcos can have trouble with carbohydrates/sugars, and you should consider trying to avoid sweets and sugars, including breads and rice, if possible. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Hair loss due to pcos and pregnancy, what to do?

Get help : Hair loss from pcos can be treated by medicines and if you see a reproductive endocrinologist, endocrinologist or gyn they may be able to help. Hair loss after you have a baby is normal and resolves itself. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a woman to have hair loss and a little acne without PCOS? No other pcos signs! Is it dairy?

Is it possible for a woman to have hair loss and a little acne without PCOS? No other pcos signs! Is it dairy?

Yes, unlikely dairy: Many things can interrupt the normal growth of hair so that it stops growing and lost hairs are not replaced by new. Most common is significant illness, chemicals, esp cancer Rx, hormone imbalance such as thyroid or cortisol, and autoimmune disorders. Your doctor can do blood tests to check these out. ...Read more

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Taking 500mg once a day for pcos treatment.... Does metformin cause hair loss?

Taking 500mg once a day for pcos treatment.... Does metformin cause hair loss?

No: Hair loss is not a side effect of metformin but it can be seen as a symptom of pcos and other medicine is used to treat this so d/w you doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

See the link below: https://www.healthtap.com/#publications/2039180 It is what Dr. Khurram Rehman wrote, but has the detail of an article for those interested in ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more