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Pcos Hair Loss Reversible
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
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
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
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
Experiencing hair loss after starting Yaz. Mostly on the sides of head, hairline is also receding. I have PCOS, planning to change BC pill to treat. Could this be reversible or is this likely permanent? Will it grow back? (waiting on derm appmt)
Something wrong: Hair loss due to hormone will be on top, not sides. Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is the best of the OC pills for you. It will be much more effective when you add SPIRONOLACTONE and possibly METFORMIN. Losing XS weight will be very beneficial. Any change in menstrual cycles? Weight change? Fevers or illness? Other meds? Surgery or injury? ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
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
I have pcos at early stages, had acne problems but now I'm ok, now I'm having hair loss. I don't know how to resolve this problem.
Other than minoxidil is there any way out to treat hair loss due to pcos? What I can use other than minoxidil when I am pregnant? Please help.
Minoxidil: Minoxidil is a pregnancy category C. Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks. I recommend you do not use minoxidil during pregnancy. ...Read more
PCOS lots of hair loss, need help, I see an Endo. Dr. on glumetza 500 mg x2 a day, sprinolactone 100 mg 1x a day, progesterone 200mg x 1 a day.
Please clarify: I'm not sure what your question is. Can you please write it in a different way? ...Read more
I used to hav good hair but due to pcos I am having severe hair loss specially from the front. I was on rogaine (minoxidil) bt stopped it as im pregnant. Wht to do?
Be patient and wait.: Congratulations on getting pregnant, which can be difficult w/ PCOS! Stop minox. Pregnancy will likely improve your hair quality and quantity as more follicles shift into "Anagen" (growth) phases. If you are prone to hair loss/thinning, the time to take action is AFTER childbirth. After HairCheck trichometry measurement, you might consider restarting treatment like Formula 82M, laser therapy, etc. ...Read more
Diagnosed with pcos. Will low-ogestrel birth control make current hair loss worse since it's high androgen activity? Scared to take the new pill.
Will starting metformin increase my hair loss? I have PCOS and suffer from male pattern baldness and gradual thinning. I am desperate to find a solution for my hair, which was once very very thick, but also want to lose weight. (I'm 5'4 and 149)
Male pattern baldnes: Male pattern baldness in a female sounds really odd. I don't know how you got that diagnosis but it sounds to me like you should go see an endocrinologist and bring with you any test results of things that you already have done to you. You live in LA. Go to one of the University Medical Centers and get a good workup. ...Read more
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
During pregnancy what happens to pcos symptoms such as scalp hair loss, facial hair, body hair, acne?
Suspended animation: The scalp and facial hair will remain, but new hair growth stimulation will be reduced. Acne tends to get better as the percentage of the male hormone causing the same is "overwhelmed by the large amounts of estrogen and progesterone hormones circulating during pregnancy. ...Read more
PCOS since puberty. I'm slim but by time I get more acnes, hair loss, longer absent periods (8 months atm). How to regulate my cycles without OCPs?
Increased Androgens: Slim women with PCOS have ovaries that make more androgens (male type hormones) and ovulate less than other women. In my practice, if a salivary hormone test shows low Progesterone, that can be given to block some of the androgens along with an herbal fenugreek, but every patient is unique. So see a GYN who offers an alternative approach to PCOS management if you want to avoid BC pills. ...Read more
I use nuvaring which is causing hair loss, acne, and cravings. My thyroid levels are normal. I have pcos, insulin resistance, and abnormal uterin bleeding. Whatshould I do?
PCOS more likely: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a more likely cause of the hair loss and acne since this condition causes hormonal imbalances favoring more androgens which can cause hair loss and acne. Sometimes hormonal birth control will be used to help. You may do better on a different hormonal birth control pill that has a better estrogen effect. ...Read more
What happens to hirsutism & scalp hair loss or thinning in a pcos woman during pregnancy and during breast feeding? Will both symptoms diminish?
Hair, pregnancy: Hirsutism does not change during pregnancy or breast feeding largely because hair that has already grown in will not go away unless shaved/ plucked/ etc. Hair thinning is not so much affected by PCOS to begin with, but women sometimes have temporary alterations in head hair, particularly after delivery. Check out telogen effluvium online. Good wishes. ...Read more
Do I have pcos? Irregular period Only get period with birthcontrol, hair loss, headaches, cold/shaky hand When press below stomach (ovaries) it hurts
GYN Exam time: It is time to see a GYN MD to be examined and tested for PCOS without which a definitive answer cannot be given. ...Read more
White itchy disc 5 months. P hair loss. Just tested for STDs inc. H, tsh, yeast, trich, bv, urine cul. All neg. Pap norm, pelvic us norm/pcos. No help. What now?
Further testing: A couple additional you that evaluations may be helpful. Gardenella may be a local infection with these symptoms but would not have a problem with hair loss. Certain medications can lead to hair loss specifically elmiron, (pentosan) often used to treat interstitial cystitis which manifests as pelvic pain in association with frequency and urgency. A culture of the discharge would be prudent but most likely has already been done. ...Read more
46 years ago diagnosed with PCOS. Pap results normal. Started taking Androcar for my thinning hair. Got my periods now for 28 days. What should I do?
Stay on ocps: I want you to stay on ocps to regulate your period ...Read more
I have haito loss due to PCOS. I'm obese 256 pounds. Will exercise help stop the hair fall? Or is this permanent and I will go bald? Please help!
Time to start losing your weight. Please go to a nearby training facility and gradually lose weight under control of a weight specialist. Don't try and lose weight "overnight" - be patient!
I don't think your weight will cause hair loss. Surely you have seen many markedly overweight women without hair loss. ...Read more
Yes: Alopecia (loss of hair) due to medications will reverse with stopping the insulting agent (the medication which caused it) The question is what to do if you need those medications to balance your moods, and function more adequately. Please consult with your prescriber to switch those mood stabilizers to another type, and use hair products to stimulate the growth and health of your scalp. ...Read more
Hair loss is a side effect of Topiramtate prescribed for my IIH and migraine. I'm worried about this side effect. Is it reversible?
Typically it is: Typically, hair loss using Topiramate stops and reverses when the medication is stopped. There are isolated cases and reports where that does not happen and the hair loss does not reverse though in such cases hair loss doesn't continue so long as one stops the medicine as well. But lost hair doesn't grow back. ...Read more
Is hair loss caused by depakote telogen effluvium? Is it reversible? How long will it take? I stopped taking it two months ago and still falling a lot
Generally patients report that hair begins to fill in less than six months. (AFTER STOPPING of course) This appears to be a unusual and relatively RARE effect of ONLY PROPRANALOL (T.M. INDERAL)
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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