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PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and Female Hair Loss

In women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), high levels of androgens (male hormones) in the body may cause hair loss.  DHT (dihydrotestosterone), more abundant in men, is created from a combination of testosterone and 5-alpha-reductase enzymes.  DHT can bind to hair follicle sites, accelerate the natural hair growth cycle, and cause hair to go into resting (catagen) sooner causing thinning hair with each cycle.

Women with PCOS are more susceptible to androgenic alopecia, more commonly referred to as male pattern baldness or genetic female hair loss.  Androgenic alopecia is also the number one cause of hair loss and thinning hair in the world.  Women with androgenic alopecia typically lose hair in a pattern similar to the ludwig scale, and less commonly the norwood scale.

If you suspect you have PCOS, you should consult with a physician and get tested for it.  Only a physician can diagnose you and recommend a proper treatment.  To learn more about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, go to: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) FAQ