Can PCOD Cause Hair Fall in Women?

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Updated On - December 28, 2020 Chaitra K
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Have you been diagnosed with PCOD lately? PCOD is one of the most common reasons behind not just “infertility” but hair falltoo. Yes, if your irregular periods, sudden weight gain and excess facial hair growth is accompanied by excessive hair fall, then the culprit might be Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)!

Why Does PCOD Cause Hair Loss In Female?

PCOS condition triggers excess male hormones called “androgens”. This hormone triggers hair thinning on women’s scalp, causing female pattern baldness

PCOD-Related Hair Loss Symptoms 

Hair loss is a common problem among women with PCOD. 

✔ Women with PCOD experience hair loss in the frontal and the vertex areas of the scalp.

✔ PCOD hair loss results in female pattern baldness as it may cause at least 20-25% of total scalp hair loss.

✔ You may experience excessive hair loss during combing or shampooing.

How To Stop Hair Loss From PCOS?

1. Oral Tablets

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Your doctor may prescribe you oral contraceptive pills, anti-androgen drugs, spironolactone,  along with other medications to control hormones in your body.

These pills limit the male hormone production (testosterone) and increase the production of the sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) in your body. When the male hormone is in control, it reduces the PCOD symptoms including scalp hair loss, facial hair growth, etc.

Any hormone balancing medications should be strictly consumed only under a doctor’s prescription.

2 Creams and ointments

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Your doctor may also prescribe certain ointments and creams to massage on your scalp to trigger new hair growth.

3. Hair Transplant

Here, hair and hair follicles are taken from one area of the scalp and inserted in the area of hair loss.  It may or may not work. Talk to your doctor to know more about this hair fall treatment.

4. Medicated shampoos

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Certain shampoos and conditioners with medicinal properties help soothe damaged and strengthen weak hair. You can try out suitable hair care products that target the problem area. 

5. Lifestyle Changes

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Your lifestyle has a direct impact on your health. Healthier lifestyle helps manage your PCOD better. Here are some quick lifestyle modifications you can do to reduce PCOD hair loss:

1. Use a soft natural hair bristle comb instead of a synthetic one. It helps you control hair fall.

2. Exercise regularly!  Weight-loss reduces male hormone production and hence reduces PCOS-related skin problems and hair loss.

3. Switch to a healthy diet and say no to junkies. This can keep your weight in check, thus controlling male hormones in your body.

4. Regular natural oil massage of the scalp helps in blood circulation and makes your hair follicles strong and healthy.

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Diet/Supplements To Prevent PCOS Hair Loss

Studies suggest that certain food/supplements in our diet help in controlling PCOS hair loss. 

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Note: Before taking any supplements, do check with your physician about its safety to prevent any untoward reactions.

✔  Taking 50 mg of zinc supplement daily for 8 weeks brings positive result on PCOS hair loss

✔  Biotin can have a positive effect on PCOS hair loss too.

✔ Avoid eating unhealthy food such as refined flour, added sugar, fried and fast food.

✔  Have nutritious food that will help your hair to be stronger and lustrous.

Hair-Regrowth in PCOD Women

Fortunately, PCOS hair loss can be reversed!

When hormones are balanced with the right treatment, you will notice a significant improvement in your hair growth. Recovery depends on how fast your hair grows. If you have severely damaged hair, you might need to follow a separate hair care regime for a while to fix it. It may also take time, depending on how fast your hair grows.

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Hair fall is a common problem among women with PCOS. Make sure to identify and address it with the right medication and other lifestyle changes. Consult your doctor to get the proper PCOD hair fall treatment

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About Author

Chaitra K
I’m a Skin Care Enthusiast from Bangalore, a writer here @CureSkin teamed up with Expert Dermatologists to spread awareness on the right kind of skin and hair care for men and women. Inspiring people to explore the skin and hair care that suits their need and help them look and feel beautiful is my full-time job. Skin & hair problems affect every person's self-esteem and confidence. Hence I love helping people by giving them the best information about skin and hair health with my writing, driven by the BEST Dermatologists.