Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS) & Hair Loss
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormone abnormality of reproductive-age women, the most common cause of infertility in women and an important harbinger of metabolic disorders such as diabetes and heart disease. It affects an estimated 5 percent to 10 percent of females and is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and obesity, and possibly an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. The syndrome is generally characterized by the presence of polycystic ovaries, hyperandrogenism (the condition caused by excess male hormones or male-like traits), and irregular ovulation and menstruation. The symptoms of PCOS can vary.
Common Symptoms Of PCOS Hair Loss
Before we learn how to control PCOS related hair loss, let’s have a quick look at some of its common symptoms –
Thinning Hair: This is the first symptom observed in PCOS hair loss. Your follicles would shrink and result in hair thinning.
Widening At Hair Partitions: Although we all lose almost 100-120 hair a day, PCOS can lead to excessive hair loss in less time. This causes the widening of hair partition, thus resulting in increased visibility of the scalp.
Patchy Hair Loss: Since PCOS occurs due to the excess of testosterone, it leads to the development of female pattern baldness.
Balding At The Crown: The crown region suffers from acute hair loss resulting in localised balding.
Partial Balding: Gradually, it leads to partial baldness, which becomes quite visible for others as well.
Scalp hair loss and balding (male pattern balding and androgenic alopecia)
Androgenic alopecia is a form of hair loss that research indicates around 20% of women with PCOS deal with. The term 'androgenic' refers to the fact that the trigger is excess androgen hormones, 'alopecia' means hair loss.
All women naturally produce small amounts of androgen hormones, this is completely healthy but, like with all hormones, whenever they go high or low for long periods of time, they can then cause issues. With high androgens, one of these issues is female pattern hair loss on the scalp of the head.
This will first show as thinning hair as the old hair naturally falls out, new hair is unable to grow through as large/thick as before. The great news is unlike male pattern baldness, the hair follicle doesn't die and androgenic alopecia is reversible if you can manage your androgen levels and DHT production although, this is not an overnight fix, it can take 6 months+ to see good results.
Is PCOS Hair Loss Reversible?
Yes, it is possible to reverse PCOS hair loss if you follow an integrative approach for curing PCOS. You can see a positive transformation in your hair as soon as a treatment limits the production of male sex hormones and increases female sex hormones in your body.
You can also get back your hair volume if you choose a holistic treatment that focuses on your entire body, not just the specific part that has a disease. Synthetic medicines may not reflect hair loss immediately, but gradually damage your hair follicles.
LUSH hairloss product line boosts your resistive power to fight PCOS and hair loss naturally. The holistic approach can reverse your hair loss and provide a long-lasting impact to maintain your naturally beautiful hair.
PCOS Hair Loss Treatment
Expensive Medical Path
Diagnosis: Your dermatologist might recommend a few tests to check if you are suffering from PCOS related hair loss. To start with, he will check your BMI (Body Mass Index) and suggest blood tests, hormone tests and an ultrasound examination. Since thyroid deficiency and PCOS can sometimes have similar signs, your dermatologist may look for symptoms that are distinctively related to PCOS. This includes the formation of dry skin areas, morning headaches, depression, cold hands, and most importantly elevated testosterone levels.
Treatment: The overall treatment consists of two stages. Firstly, the doctor will try to restore your lost hairline with the PRP treatment. In addition to that, he may prescribe certain medications to regulate the androgen levels in the body.
PRP For Hair Regrowth: Dermatologists uses the Platelet Rich Plasma treatment to stimulate the regrowth of hair successfully. For this procedure, doctors use an autologous blood sample drawn from the patient’s arm and process it in the centrifuge machine to separate the plasma and boost its growth factors using the double spin method. Your trichologist will activate this platelet-rich plasma and then administer it into your scalp with the help of microneedles. This stimulates the dormant hair follicles and brings about hair regeneration with improved scalp coverage.
Low Cost Holistic, Natural Plan
Homeopathy works to correct hormonal imbalance, regularize ovulation, and restore menstrual normalcy. It effectively addresses the root cause of PCOS and treats the associated side effects like hair loss. Homeopathy medicine should be used only under the guidance of a homeopath for the appropriate dosage and duration of the treatment.
LUSH Rosemary Oil - is one of the best oils for hair loss. Rosemary essential oil helps to increase circulation at the scalp which is great for rejuvenating hair follicles. Rosemary is also a natural anti-androgen, thereby helping reduce the DHT (‘bad’ testosterone) that builds up on the scalp in the case of PCOS and androgenic alopecia.
A 2015 study compared rosemary oil to minoxidil, a popular hair regrowth treatment. The group that was treated with rosemary oil had more hair growth than the minoxidil group. Rosemary oil helps with PCOS type of hair loss. A 2013 study of mice with testosterone-related hair loss found that rosemary oil could regrow their hair. Although the study is not conclusive, its authors theorize that rosemary oil might prevent DHT from binding to hormone receptors that enable it to attack the hair follicles. Rosemary Oil also relieves itchy dandruff scalp.
LUSH Castor Oil - It increases circulation and nourishment to the hair follicle. It’s also well known to reduce inflammation, which damages hair follicles. It’s effective against dandruff caused by yeast. Use as a weekly hair treatment to promote growth and thickness, massage castor oil into the scalp. Then cover your hair with a bathing cap and go to bed. Wash your hair out in the morning.
LUSH Coconut Oil - helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturizes and removes build-up around your hair follicles to jumpstart hair growth.
LUSH Fenugreek Hair Mask - Fenugreek is rich in nicotinic acid and protein which help strengthen the hair shaft and promote hair growth.Directly apply the paste into your hair and let it sit for an hour. Rinse your hair thoroughly.
LUSH Aloe Vera Hair Mask - helps heal and soothe your damaged hair.
Massaging your scalp with LUSH’s product line of hair and scalp oils is a well-known therapy for relaxing your stress-related issues. Mix 5 drops of LUSH Rosemary oil with a carrier oil like LUSH Coconut or Olive oil. Massage your scalp with your fingertips to deeply nourish your hair follicles and improve blood circulation to your scalp. Massage your scalp once in a week and one hour before head bath. Leave it overnight for the best results. Wash your hair with LUSH’s herbal shampoo for retaining the impact of the oils on your scalp. It helps with hair loss and growth also strengthening your hair roots and adds elasticity to your hair strands.
Fenugreek improves glucose tolerance in your body. It removes the accumulation of LDL cholesterol and helps to control excess weight gain. Fenugreek's high protein and nicotine fights against your hair fall, dryness, thinning, and dandruff. It is high in lecithin content that hydrates your hair strands and strengthens your hair roots.
You can make a paste out of the seeds and apply the paste to hair and scalp.
You can soak fenugreek seeds overnight and consume it three times a day.
You can one spoon of methi seeds on your empty stomach in the morning, and five minutes before lunch and dinner.
You can drink the water in which you have soaked the fenugreek seeds, first thing in the morning.
Aloe vera restores the status of ovarian steroidogenic activity. It also decreases 'bad cholesterol' levels in your body. On topical application, aloe vera helps heal and soothe your damaged hair. When ingested, it fights PCOS hair loss from within your body. You can also consume aloe vera juice daily first thing in the morning in your empty stomach. Aloe vera helps remove toxins, restores hormonal balance, and improves insulin sensitivity.
It's beneficial to add a few drops of cinnamon oil into your food. Also, apply cinnamon oil to your scalp. It exfoliates your scalp with its tingling sensation that can circulate blood to your hair follicles to stimulate healthy hair growth.
You can add Cinnamon to your green tea, black tea, or milk. Avoid intake of sugar for better results. Cinnamon supports ovulation and boosts fertility.
You can sprinkle cinnamon powder in your curries, smoothies, desserts, and shakes. You can also use it in refreshing drinks and fruit salads. It acts as an immunity booster. Traditionally, cinnamon sticks were chewed after meals. It helps to regulate your metabolism, blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance.
You can add a 1/2 inch of cinnamon stick to 1 glass of hot water. Add one spoon of honey and squeeze a half lemon into it. It helps you lose weight.
Regulation of diet is crucial as your whole body is a product of what you eat. Be aware of the food content you are eating and how it helps you fight PCOS and hair loss.
Food to Avoid
Limit yourself on having milk and milk products. Forget about junk food. Say goodbye to fast-food restaurants and bakeries. Avoid foods that contain saturated fats. Restrict the consumption of sugar by replacing it with honey, jaggery, or dates. Sugar-based foods can worsen insulin resistance.
Best Foods To Consume
Eat food rich in fiber content and poor in glycemic index like green leafy vegetables. Intake natural and unprocessed foods like flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, legumes, sprouts, and whole grains. You can consume wheat or rice but in moderate quantities. Add herbs like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, and fenugreek to your diet. Drink herbal teas like fenugreek tea, green tea and spearmint tea.
How To Prevent PCOS Hair Loss?
You can prevent PCOS hair loss by diagnosing PCOS in its initial stage. Go for a medical checkup as soon as you recognize the symptoms of PCOS. As soon as you are diagnosed with PCOS, begin to change your lifestyle and daily routine before it increases your hair loss.
Focus on your hormonal balance and hair care simultaneously. Have a nutritious diet and adapt physical exercise as your habit. Prevent PCOS hair loss naturally with LUSH’s herbal hair care products and LUSH home remedies.
How Long Does PCOS Hair Loss Last?
Hair loss due to PCOS lasts as long as androgens block your hair follicles, and DHT binds your hair follicle receptors. The treatment takes a few weeks to clear the excess androgens and DHT, and increase oestrogen and progesterone levels.
The return of the hair-friendly hormones replenish your hair follicles. Until then, you can control excess hair loss with LUSH’s herbal treatments and LUSH’s essential oils.
What to do:
👉 Through blood tests, identify which type (of PCOS)/driver your specific PCOS is (insulin resistant, adrenal, inflammatory, post-pill)
👉 Use a holistic plan utilizing nutrition, exercise, stress management, and supplementation to focus on improving the underlying driver of your androgens