How to Handle Female Hair Loss and PCOS
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a fairly common condition that affects nearly five million women in their 20s and 30s. This endocrine disorder is also one of the most common causes of female factor infertility. Other negative side effects can include abnormal menstrual cycles and excessive body or facial hair. To make matters worse, it can also result in thinning hair on the head.
At Chicago Hair Loss, we provide a variety of women’s hair loss solutions to help thicken hair and improve self-confidence. Our doctors are equipped at helping patients who are experiencing female hair loss and PCOS at our Chicago, IL practice.
Why Does Hair Loss Occur from PCOS?
As studies have been performed on women through the years, researchers have found that certain hair follicles in the scalp are androgen-sensitive, causing women to experience the same type of baldness that may occur in men. With PCOS, the body produces an abnormal level of androgens (male hormones) and insulin.
Although both are necessary for a healthy functioning body, when the levels are too high, it causes male-pattern baldness in women, thinning hair, and many other side effects, including acne, depression, obesity, skin discoloration, and irregular menstrual cycles. Increased insulin levels can also result in type 2 diabetes.
Hair Loss Medications and Surgery
At Chicago Hair Institute, we understand your hair is a vital part of your femininity, appearance, and self-confidence. While certain medications, such as hormone replacements and anti-androgens, may be able to stop the side effects from worsening, these medications are not used to help the hair grow back. Our hair restoration specialists can perform female hairline restoration surgery to enhance your natural beauty.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Raymond Konior or Dr. Sahar Nadimi will evaluate the extent of your hair loss with a complete physical and scalp examination, while also reviewing your treatment goals. This will allow him or her to fabricate a plan customized to your unique needs. The doctor will also perform a thorough scalp biopsy to make sure you have healthy donor hair reserves that can be used during the surgery. If you are not a good candidate for hair transplant surgery, medication may be prescribed to help stimulate hair growth.
With hair transplant surgery, healthy donor follicles will be removed from a discreet location on your scalp and transplanted to the area experiencing hair loss. Over time, as the scalp heals, you will notice healthy hair regrowth and thicker hair. Although it’s not always possible to restore the original density before hair loss occurred, you will notice a vast improvement.
Additional Hair Loss Solutions
In addition to surgery and anti-androgens, other hair loss solutions may include:
- Healthy diet and exercise
- Reducing stress
- Healthy amount of sleep
- Proper hair care
Contact Our Office
If you are struggling from female hair loss and PCOS and are looking for a way to restore your hairline, we invite you to meet with one of our hair restoration specialists. You may find that undergoing hair restoration surgery will restore the thickness of your hair and improve your self-confidence. To schedule your consultation, please contact our office online or give us a call at 630-932-9690.