At Medi Tresse we have seen women with all different types of hair loss and varying causes of hair loss. With any patient we see, the first step is to diagnose the cause of the hair loss. For many patients, their hair loss is truly genetic, but for others it could be due to a hormone imbalance, stress related, or even a change in medication. One patient population that we often see is patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, more commonly known as PCOS.
While the cause of PCOS is still unknown, PCOS is an endocrine system disorder, which means the hormones are directly affected. Common symptoms of patients with PCOS are irregular periods, excess androgen, and polycystic ovaries, which means the ovaries have become enlarged and contain many small cysts.
Women with PCOS can often see thinning hair due to excess androgen levels, which are commonly known as male hormones like testosterone. Before starting any sort of hair loss treatment, a patient with PCOS would want to make sure that their hormone levels have been checked and are in proper balance. If a woman has elevated androgens, this can potentially be managed with very specific birth control pills which can block the negative effects on hair. Once the hormone levels are in proper balance, then the patient could be a candidate for hair loss treatments.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team