We all know having a long maine, or that ‘mermaid’ hair is every girls dream. But unfortunately for us ladies with PCOS, hair loss and thinning can be very common. The exact reason behind it isn’t fully understood, but it is thought to be related to hormonal imbalances in PCOS.
Hair loss can be due to high levels of androgens – the male hormone that all women have some of, but us PCOS gals have higher levels of. This can also increase hair growth in areas such as the face and body – not what any of us want! This is because androgens can shrink hair follicles and shorten the growth cycle of hair, leading to shorter and finer hair.
Alongside androgens, insulin resistance, and inflammation are also believed to play a role in PCOS-related hair loss. Insulin resistance can cause high levels of insulin in the body, which can stimulate the production of androgens and increase the chance of hair loss – not ideal!
However, not all of us PCOS girls experience hair loss, and the severity of hair loss can vary from cyster to cyster. If you’re experiencing hair loss and think it might be related to PCOS, contact me and I can guide you through some of the best ways to start reversing it and help you get to the bottom of it!
Effective treatment options for hair loss:
How can we help get those luscious locks back? Here are a few tips I can recommend to get your hair back to its best potential!
- The simplest and most natural approach: Dietary changes and supplements. Certain nutrients such as biotin, zinc, and iron are crucial for healthy hair growth, and deficiencies in these nutrients can contribute to hair loss. Make sure you have a balanced diet – lots of fruits, veggies, oily fish, and nuts. After a few weeks, you should see a difference in the texture and appearance of your hair.I personally recommend Zinc as the top hair loss supplement. Many of my clients and I have seen a huge difference when using it. You must be consistent and take it for several months, however!
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: PRP therapy involves injecting concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood into the scalp to promote hair growth. This treatment can be effective for both male and female pattern baldness and has shown promising results in clinical studies.
- This one’s a bit pricier but if you’re willing to pay that bit more, then it’s worth it! Laser therapy: Low-level laser therapy (LLLT). This uses red light to stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp and promoting cellular metabolism. LLLT can be delivered through devices such as laser combs and studies have shown it can be very effective in treating hair loss.
The hair on our heads is literally our security so I can really feel your pain if you’re experiencing hair loss. With a few diet and lifestyle changes to reduce testosterone and inflammation, you’ll see it grow back thicker and longer in no time.
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