How does PCOS cause hair loss?
Hello, I heard many women who have PCOS suffer from hair fall. How can someone having PCOS suffer from hair loss? I am 17 years old. PCOS is a hormonal disorder so, how does it cause hair fall. Can anyone tell me how does PCOS cause hair loss?
@hely PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder common among women. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. PCOS hair loss occurs due to an increase in the male hormone (known as androgen) in the body. These excess androgens trigger hair thinning on the scalp. However, there is not complete baldness as seen in men. The major hormones that play a vital role are testosterone and androstenedione. Androgen levels in women are much lower than in men so when the ovaries turn into cysts and then produce too much of these, they can block the hair follicles. The affected hair becomes thinner in diameter, shorter in length. Hair loss due to PCOS lasts as long as androgens block your hair follicles, and DHT binds your hair follicle receptors and cause hair loss.