Stop and Reverse PCOS Hair Loss

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Causes and Symptoms of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) Hair Loss

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which causes:

  • Thinning hair
  • Widening at hair pots
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Balding at the crown
  • Partial balding
  • Total balding

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can cause total permanent hair loss.

An overproduction of the hormone testosterone that leads to the overproduction of DHT, a sex hormone that blocks hair follicles from growing strands.

Other symptoms that occur along with the hair loss symptoms include:

  • Hair growth on the face, arms and upper body (hirsutism)
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Mood disorders
  • The development of endometrial cancer

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can also cause hair growth on the face.

You are more at risk if you have a family history of PCOS in your family.

Steps to Stopping and Reversing PCOS Hair Loss

  1. 1
    See Your Doctor
    Find out if you have an accompanying thyroid disorder or metabolic disorder. It's important that you make this the first step to successfully treating this syndrome naturally. It's very common for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome to also be suffering from Insulin Resistance, Type II Diabetes or Hypothyroidism. It is important for you to take the medications prescribed for those disorders to help reverse your hair loss. Your doctor might also prescribe birth control pills with high levels of progestin to help suppress the production of excess DHT. Another medication that might be prescribed is Finasteride, which helps reduce the effects of DHT.
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    Stop Eating Sugar
    This means banning all sugar that ends with the suffix "ose" including fructose, dextrose, sucrose as well as evaporated cane juice, brown sugar, corn syrup, concentrated fruit juice, maltodextrin maple syrup and agave syrup. Read ingredients on all labels of any food that you buy. Stevia or Truvia is an acceptable substitute for sugar. PCOS is related to elevated sugar levels, metabolic disorders and Type II diabetes. The less sugar you eat the healthier your hair follicles will be.
    Hair loss from PCOS worsen if you eat sugar.
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    No Artificial Sweeteners
    Stop substituting artificial sweeteners for sugar. This includes saccharin aspartame, acesulfame, sucralose, cyclamates, alitame, thaumatin and neotame. These ingredients are in many commercial artificial sweeteners such as Sugar Twin, Splenda, Sweet n' Low or Equal. More acceptable are the sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, Xylitol, erythritol and Isomalt.
    Truvia is an acceptable substitute for sugar for women who have PSCOS.
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    Eat a Low-Carb, Low Glycemic Diet
    A low-carb low- glycemic diet is one that avoids foods that convert into carbohydrates. This helps avoid the metabolic syndrome and hormonal imbalances that cause DHT overproduction and hair loss in women. This diet emphasizes getting most of your nutrition from high protein foods and vegetables. However, high-glycemic diets advise avoiding anything white, which means no starchy foods such as sugar, dairy, bread, rice or potatoes. No fried foods are allowed, and neither are any type of processed junk foods or take out foods.
    High carb, sugary treats made with refined white flour will accelerate your hair loss.
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    Eat Organic When You Can
    Unfortunately, organic food is more expensive but women with PCOS tend to have compromised liver and metabolic functions that cannot handle an overload of toxins from refined or processed foods or pesticides. Eat locally and organically to avoid throwing your hormones even further out of whack.
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    Fatty Cold-Water Fish
    Eat fatty cold-water fish at least three times a week. This includes fish like mackerel, cod, sardines and salmon. These foods contain omega-3 acids which help balance hormones, fight scalp inflammation and grow healthy, glossy, new hair.
    Wild Atlantic salmon is one of the best foods you can eat to help rebalance hormones disrupted by PCOS.
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    Eat Egg Yolks
    At least three times a week, eat eggs. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, eat egg yolks in the form of poached or baked eggs or as Hollandaise or Béarnaise sauce in order to ensure that your hair follicles are nourished with biotin. Biotin helps suppress glucose intolerance and DHT production.
    Poached eggs are one of the best foods you can eat to remedy hairl oss due to PCOS.
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    Drink Filtered Water
    Avoid drinking city tap water. Be sure to filter your water. City water supplies may be contaminated with estrogens and other hormones created from decaying discarded chemicals and plastics as well as prescription pill waste. Try to drink real spring water, distilled water or filtered water to avoid contaminating your body with these things, as they can aggravate PCOS hair loss symptoms.
    Tap water can contain toxins and hormones that can worsen PCOS-related hair loss.
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    Avoid Extreme Diets
    Especially avoid diets with low-caloric intakes . Women with PCOD also tend to have the apple-shaped belly or be overweight. In desperation they turn to extreme diets, only to experience severe, and sometimes permanent hair loss, for a weight-loss that is usually only temporary.
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    Establish a routine of light cardio workouts three times a week. Taking a stroll for an hour at least three times a week can help counteract the weight issues that often go hand-in-hand with PCOS. This type of exercise also discourages the female body from producing testosterone. Other types of exercises that assist with this are yoga and resistance training.
    A stroll in the park every day can help reduce DHT production and hair loss.
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    Rid your life of as much stress as possible. Stress causes your adrenal glands to increase the level of cortisol in your body, which can prompt it to produce testosterone. This in turn causes the production of DHT on your scalp. Get rid of as many problematic or distressing situations in your life as you can.
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    Get Plenty of Rest
    Sleep is the time that your body uses to produce serotonin and melatonin, which counteract the actions of other hormones, such as DHT, that might be causing hair loss. Make sure your bedroom is a cool, dry place to sleep, free of dust mites. You should have a good sleep, uninterrupted and free from distractions like the TV, and the temptations of your laptop or cell phone.
    Avoid stress and get plenty of rest to minimize hair loss symptoms due to PCOS.
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    Meditate Twice a Day
    Meditating first thing in the morning for ten minutes and then again at night has shown to assist people who are trying to manage chronic diseases and conditions that involve hormonal disruptions. The idea is to empty your mind of all thoughts and be still as possible, allowing your autonomic nervous system to take over and run the processes of your body. This helps regulate your endocrine system so your body operates more efficiently.
    Meditation practices like Yoga can help regulate your hormones and prevent PCOS-related hair loss.
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    Pure Hair Products
    Do not use hair products that contain chemicals. Avoid all products that contain parabens, phthalates, alcohol, sulfates, formaldehyde, phenol and coloring agents, as these disrupt the normal action of hormones. Especially avoid products that contain laurel sulfate, used to increase volume in hair, which can degenerate existing hair strands and cause hair follicles to shrink from chemical stress.
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    Don't Over-Wash Your Hair
    Wash your hair infrequently and use as few hair products on your hair as possible. Women with PCOD have difficulties producing sebum from the oil glands in their hair follicles. This in turn promotes hair loss.
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    The Right Shampoo
    Choose a shampoo that contains a natural DHT blocking ingredient. These are shampoos that include; palmetto, nettle and pumpkin seed oil in their ingredients. Brands with these ingredients include DHT Blocker Shampoo, Pura D'or Organic Argan Oil Anti Hair Loss Shampoo and HairGenesis Anti DHT Shampoo.
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    Moisturize your hair and scalp with warmed jojoba oil. Pick a day to do this when you won't be shampooing your hair. Warm one to two tablespoons of jojoba oil and massage into your hair before bathing and showering. Rinse it out, but do not shampoo afterwards so your hair and follicles can absorb the healthy long chain acids in the oil that help encourage re-growth.
    ooba can help hair follicles damaged from PCOS regrow hair.
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    DHT Blockers
    Drink teas that are natural DHT blockers. These teas include spearmint and nettle tea. Two cups of either or both a day, have been shown to be effective.
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    Take the supplement Methyl Sulfonyl Methane, known as MSM. MSM occurs naturally in the body and produces the keratin an collagen essential to maintaining a healthy scalp and hair growth.
    Fresh spearmint tea can help block DHT over-production so that hair can grow back.
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    N-acetyl Cysteine
    Take the supplement N-acetyl Cysteine. This is an amino acid that improves the insulin resistance that comes hand in hand with PCOS and helps reduce the production of DHT causes hair loss.
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    Take L-Lysine to boost other DHT blocking supplements. L-Lysine is good for the skin in general but if you are drinking teas and taking supplements that block DHT, L-Lysine works with them synergistically to increase the effect.
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    Stop Smoking
    Smoking provokes testosterone production in women, making them slimmer but also provoking DHT-related hair loss. Smoking also reduces your levels of Vitamin C, which makes it difficult for your scalp follicles to heal.
    Smoking makes symptoms of PCOBS, such as hair loss, much worse.
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    Stop Drinking Alcohol
    The advice that drinking a glass of wine a day is good for you does not apply to women with PCOS. Any type of alcohol consumption causes metabolic disorders and hormonal disruptions that can aggravate hair loss.
    Drinking alcohol will worsen hair loss due to PCOS, especially sugary drinks like rum and Coke.
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    Do not stress your hair out with hairstyles that cause traction damage
    This includes any hairstyle that pulls on the hair roots and may cause the hair to loosen. It is best to avoid buns, ponytails, especially tight braids, and the use of clips or barrettes.
    Tight hairstyles can further damage the already fragile hair roots of women with PCOS.
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    Go Natural
    Do not dye, perm, straighten or process your hair chemically. These hair treatments are toxic and cause hair follicles to become inflamed or damaged so they cannot produce strands. [[\]
    Avoid dying your hair if you suffer from PCOS as it will cause additional hair loss.
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Tips and Tricks

  • Be aware that many condiments and dressing, including ketchup, mustard, salsas and so forth, usually contain substantial amounts of sugar.
  • A good example of a low-carb, low-glycemic diet is the Paleo diet, which is a good place to start if you want follow an eating plan that can help improve symptoms of PCOD
  • Over-stimulating the scalp if you have PCOD is not a good idea as it can lead to extra DHT production and more hair loss

Questions and Answers

Hi - I am losing my hair a lot from the last couple of months and I am really worried?

I am losing my hair a lot from the last couple of months and I am really worried

Our hair sheds more than 100 strands a day. In certain times of the year, that amount can triple. If you are not getting enough nutrition from your daily diet with foods rich in Vitamin B, you can experience a large volume of hair loss. Do you have an infection on your scalp? This also can cause abundant hair loss.

Follow the steps in the article on this page. When you take a shower, do not rub your hair with a towel when it is wet. Instead, squeeze out excess water. Do not brush your hair until it is dry. Use a gentle shampoo without harsh chemicals.

PCOS suffering, I am losing lots of hair?

I am losing a lot of hair, I do not know what to do? Trying to lose weight, please help me. I have been given metformin tablets, did not make any change to my hair loss

Metformin helps those of us that have a hormonal imbalance because of PCOS. Unfortunately, it also creates malabsorption of Vitamin B. In PCOS Support Group forums, there are several threads about hair loss on Metformin. If you need this medication to try to conceive or for another issue then continue taking it.

To see if the medication is the issue, stop taking it for one month. Take a picture of your hair before you stop and then after one month. If you need the medication and can't stop, speak with your physician about using Propecia or Minoxidil while on Metformin.

Can I reverse or control my hairfall?

I have had hair loss related to PCOS for 7-8 years now , I am very lean but do have hirsutism and irregular periods. Can I reverse or control my hairfall. I have tried: I have tried having a dairy free diet and no processed food with a bit of yoga. I think it was caused by: Hereditary

If you would like to continue controlling your PCOS with diet, cut out as many carbohydrates and sugar as possible. This is not easy at first, but you will start to notice a difference in your overall health within three months. There are many with PCOS that now follow Dr. Jason Fung's Intermittent Fasting protocol to control our insulin imbalance. Dr. Fung's blog called Intensive Dietary Management has several postings on PCOS and the effect that fasting has on insulin levels. There are also two published books from Dr. Fung regarding the topic and a YouTube Channel. There is no extra products that you have to pay for, it is simply a low carb/high fat diet with extended periods of fasting. If you can fast for 20 hours in a day, your insulin becomes steady and controlled.

How to treat my upper lip hair growth and breast saggy?

I have PCOD. I was consuming METFORMIN 500mg for past 2 years .But due to heavy hair loss doctor gave me HAIR GROW capsules.I have heavy hair loss, little bit baldness and hair growth in upper lip and sudden weight gain. Somehow I managed my to reduce weight but my breast started to sag. If I consume any drug for hair loss it is affecting my upper lip hair and making it worse. Please, help to overcome from my upper lip hair growth and breast saggy. I can't find the correct shape wear. Help me to get rid of these problems. My hair has started thinning and the color of it is changing slowly to brown. I have reduced my weight but though I suffer from irregular periods, hair loss, breast saggy. I have tried: I have been consuming metformin 500mg, hair grow and some other vitamin tablets and sometimes meprate. I think it was caused by: Improper diet, exercise, I even don't know why this occurred

Sagging breasts occur when we gain weight and then lose weight without toning our pectoral muscles. It also happens with age. As we age, collagen in our body begins to deplete. For your upper lip hair growth, using a hair remover cream or waxing will remove the hair. Waxing will make the hair finer as it regrows. Another option is to get laser hair removal in the upper lip area. The process is widely used now and cheaper than it was before. You can treat your upper lip for under $100 which is about the cost of hair removal creams for the next two years.

Unfortunately, once you are on Metformin, you are dependent on it for insulin regulation, which means that these side-effects cannot be dealt with through natural remedies or supplementation. However, hormone replacement therapy, which must be prescribed by a doctor, might be an option to remedy the hair growth on your lip, hair loss and saggy breast issues. It is up to your doctor to test your thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone levels to see if hormone replacement therapy can assist you with your PCOS hair loss and hair growth. The saggy skin may not be related to PCOS and simply be a consequence of muscle wasting and weight gain due to natural aging.

How to reverse hair fall from PCOS. My age is 24 years?

I am 24 years old. Since 06 months I am having excessive hair loss. My PCOS was detected when I was 19 years old. I don't understand why sudden hair loss. How to prevent and reverse it?

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Car hair fall in PCOD be cured by hair transplantation?

Car hair fall in PCOD be cured by hair transplantation? I have tried: Nothing much, but results are the same, PRP, some lotions, creams, tablets. I think it was caused by: PCOD or genetic problem, because my brother is also suffering from hair baldness, so please let me know what is it exactly?

Buy PCOD, I assume you mean PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian disease), which only afflicts women (people who have ovaries), so I doubt the disease has anything to do with your brother's hair loss. However, both you and your brother may be naturally predisposed to producing too much testosterone, which causes DHT to accumulate on your scalp and causes hair loss.The underlying causes of the PCOS must be addressed, with hormonal correction that is diagnosed by a blood test, or the hair will simply fall out within six weeks or sooner. With both PCOS and hereditary hair loss, nettle rinses and hormone therapy seem to be the way to offset, but not cure, the hair loss.

I'm very thin so I can't go on diet much to control my PCOS symptoms...please help me with the diet..I'm having extreme hair fall issues?

I'm 19 years old and I have PCOS and I'm very thin..I can't go on diets much..I'm suffering from extreme hair loss please help me..please...suggest diet plan. I'm very thin ...and I can't go on diet what ways I can cure my symptoms

You can't cure PCOS but you can manage it. Look into diabetic diet plans. These are not necessarily for weight loss but more for managing your blood glucose levels. You need to control that to manage your PCOS. You can also speak with your doctor about starting on medicine such at metformin to aid in controlling your symptoms.

How can I stop my hair loss problem? I used many products, but it don't work?

My hair looks healthy and shiny BT my hair roots r too bad , I have 2 much hair from 2 years and I m 17+. Because I have hair loss in large amount and my age is not sufficient for bourther it

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PCOS hair loss is reversible how to treat with it I had used minoxidil for a one & hair loss is increased?

Due to pcod I have hair loss from 3 ~4 months will my hair is reversible

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When I don wash my hair after an alternate day they fall even more?

I have pcos my androgen level is normal and I'm not insulin resistant but I'm suffering from hairloss, it is said in the article that don't overwash your hair. but my problems my hair gets oils very quickly if I don't wast them after every alternate day they fall more. I can't apply any type of oil on my head because it triggers the hairfall. what should I do? My situation is different in a sense that I have pcos but hormones are not deranged . my thyroid is normal, free androgen index is normal and my insulin is normal. but I have symptoms of pcos like irregular cycles, facial hair and hairfall and now infertility. if my hormones are in normal range then why I'm suffering from hairloss.

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