The Cause of PCOS Hair Loss

The Cause of PCOS Hair Loss


One of the most emotionally distressing symptoms of PCOS a super fancy word for; Having too much testosterone in your system - Is one of the hallmarks of PCOS. Excess testosterone in the female body is responsible for symptoms such as:

I'm always searching for solutions with my clients, not band-aids. So, with excess testosterone, once you understand the root cause(s) for what is causing your body to produce too many of these hormones, then you can start to counteract these 'triggers'.

Androgenic alopecia is caused by nutrient deficiencies and excessive amounts of testosterone in a female hormonal system but, more specifically, the hair thinning/loss is primarily caused by a hormone called DHT, dihydrotestosterone.

DHT is produced as a byproduct of testosterone via the 5a-Reductase enzyme, this enzyme converts a percentage of the testosterone in your system into DHT in tissues like the liver, skin, and hair follicles.

In women with PCOS who are susceptible to female pattern baldness, DHT will bind to receptors in your hair follicles and cause them to shrink and weaken by shortening your hair growth cycle.

This hair loss shows as a thinning of density, and loss of hair at the front and top of the scalp. But, unlike in men who suffer complete baldness, females hair will only become thinner and shorter in this area.

The good news is that your hair follicle remains alive, meaning that re-growing the hair is possible.

REVERSING PCOS HAIR LOSS
1️⃣  Firstly, you must treat the underlying root cause - excess testosterone levels. So, ask yourself if you're doing the following;
🤔 Are you limiting your sugar and carb intake to 20-30% of overall calories?
🤔 Are you performing regular exercise (remember the three types of PCOS exercise)
🤔 Are you on top of your stress levels?
🤔 Are you getting enough good quality sleep?

The reason for this is achieving overall hormonal balance is the single most important thing to help reverse hair loss.

2️⃣ Increase Important Hair Growth Nutrients

Iron (ferritin) (10mg/day), Selenium (55mcg/day), Choline (250mg - 500mg/day), Silica (20mg/day), and Zinc (10-30mg/day).

3️⃣  Medication Options

👉 Spironolactone (Aldactone)

Excess body fat (adipose tissue) will produce ever-increasing amounts of androgen hormones, also not to mention, excess amounts of estrogen as well.

A potassium-sparing diuretic used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It’s often prescribed to women with PCOS along with BCP as it works by lowering androgen levels by preventing DHT from binding to your hair follicles.

👉Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a topical lotion or cream that is applied directly to your scalp. It comes in different strengths with the percentage prescribed will be dependant on the extent of your hair thinning.

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About Drew Baird:

Drew Baird is the founder and owner of Drew Baird Fitness and Healthy PCOS. Drew has worked with over 23,800 clients on his online weight loss programs and helped his clients lose over 263,000kgs. He's known for his realistic, no bullshit approach to getting results.


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