Home Remedies And Medical Treatment To Treat PCOS Hair Loss

PCOS or polycystic ovarian disease is a common hormonal disorder in females of reproductive age characterized by increased in the level of androgen hormone. PCOS cause development of multiple cysts in one or both ovaries and hampers the proper functioning of ovaries. Home Remedies And Medical Treatment To Treat PCOS Hair Loss

The common symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome includes excessive body hair, irregular periods, infertility and hair thinning.

Our today’s article will discuss different aspect of hair loss due to PCOS and the treatment options.

What Is The Role Of Testosterone Hormone In PCOS Related Hair Loss

The body of female releases female hormones progesterone and oestrogen and also male hormone testosterone. The female hormones oestrogen and progesterone are responsible for the characteristic features of a woman such as breast development and the menstrual cycle. Hormone In PCOS Related Hair Loss

So what is the need of male hormone in the female body?

The male hormone testosterone also perform various body functions and is needed for the development of certain features such as growth of pubic and under arm hair.

In general, there is a balance between the hormones, so that the level of female hormones remain significantly higher to enable the development of female features.

In women, suffering from PCOS there is formation of cysts in one or both the ovaries that results into hormonal imbalance. Due to the hormonal imbalance, the masculine features develop such enlarged clitoris, facial hair, deep voice and shrinking of the breast size. The hair on the body grows thicker and increases but the testosterone hormone has a negative impact on the scalp hair follicles causing thinning shortening and falling of frontal and vertex hair. This type of hair loss is termed as androgenetic alopecia or female pattern baldness.

What Are The Treatment Options To Stop The PCOS Related Hair Loss

There are many treatment options to treat hair loss associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome. The best is to treat the hormonal imbalance, which is the root cause. If you are suffering from PCOS related hair loss, the medical treatment you need should aim to restore ovary functions and hormonal balance.

A few treatment options include:

#1. Oral Contraceptives

Birth control pills or hormonal pills or oral contraceptive pills increase the level of female hormones in the body and prevent the high level of androgens. In some cases, birth control pills are given in combination with anti-androgenic drugs. The oral contraceptive pills are mostly given for the three months to regularize the menstrual cycle. Birth control pills or hormonal pills or oral contraceptive pills

* Other drugs such as ketoconazole may be prescribed. Your doctor may also prescribed tretinoin or retinoid A for topical use

#2. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

This therapy involves the injection of blood plasma to improve the symptoms of female pattern baldness.

#3. Laser Therapy 

It includes soft laser, photobiomodulation and red light laser to promote the hair thickness and growth.

#4. Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair transplant surgery is in which skin graft with healthy hair follicles is cut out from the body and transferred to the area of hair thinning or hair loss on the scalp.

Home Remedies To Manage PCOS Related Hair Loss

Below is the list of home remedies to manage PCOS associated hair loss:

#1. Increase The Consumption Of Zinc 

Zinc block the activity of enzyme 5-Alpha reductase that is responsible for the metabolism of testosterone in the hair follicle. Food sources rich in zinc are poultry, nuts, green beans, crabs, lobster and fortified breakfast cereals. Increase The Consumption Of Zinc

#2. Green Tea 

Green tea is rich in epigallocatechin that has anti-androgenic effects. The antioxidants present in the green tea boosts body metabolism and controls hormonal imbalance. Make a habit of drinking green tea two times in a day.

#3. Spearmint Tea 

Spearmint tea has anti-androgenic activity. You can drink spearmint tea 2 times in a day or go for spearmint capsules.

#4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon improves the insulin profile and lipid profile. It is totally safe for consumption also regularizes the periods

*Try the above home remedies only if you are not allergic to any of them. It is always better to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment based on your symptoms and medical history. Avoid self-medication.

Self Care Measures

To treat PCOS related hair loss you need to modify your diet. Adopt a healthy diet that contains antioxidants, vitamin E, selenium, omega 3 fatty acid, calcium, chromium, magnesium, vitamin D and coenzyme Q10. 

Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as yoghurt, cinnamon, garlic, green leafy vegetable, cayenne pepper, olive oil, turmeric and ginger. Eat anti-inflammatory foods

Avoid foods that contain process sugars, trans-fats, saturated fats and refined foods. Better, substitute red meat with lean meat beans and fish.

Drink at least 8 to 9 glasses of water every day.

Try yoga meditation and breathing exercises to keep stress at bay.

Exercise for 45 minutes at least 5 days in a week. Start with bicycling, walking, skipping and brisk walking. 

Say no to alcohol and smoking.

 

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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