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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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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)

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?

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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


Dr. Carrie Cannon Dr. Cannon
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Justin Diedrich Dr. Diedrich
Gynecology
10 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Neeoo Chin Dr. Chin
Fertility Medicine
36 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
8 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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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!

Dr. Seth Derman Dr. Derman
Fertility Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Rifat Naghmi Dr. Naghmi
Internal Medicine
42 years in practice
Bhopal University, Gandhi Medical College
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Dr. Terri Washington Dr. Washington
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
12 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Clarene Cress Dr. Cress
Pediatrics
years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Christina Sebestyen Dr. Sebestyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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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.

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.

See your doctor: Hair loss can occur when male-factor hormones are elevated which is more common with pcos. Have your levels checked to see if medication might help.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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.

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.

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Dr. Catherine Carroll Dr. Carroll
Internal Medicine
7 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Bauman Dr. Bauman
Hair Restoration
22 years in practice
New York Medical College
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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?

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.

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

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.

No: No birth control pill causes hair loss. If you don't want to take the pill you should discuss with your doctor; he/she can answer your concerns and prescribe differently (or not.) No hair loss either way, good wishes.

Dr. Charles Gordon Dr. Gordon
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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)

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.

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Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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During pregnancy what happens to pcos symptoms such as scalp hair loss, facial hair, body hair, acne?

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.

Dr. Gregory Zengo Dr. Zengo
Anti-Aging Medicine
25 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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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?

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.

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