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PCOS and non-Androgenetic Alopecia hair loss?

Discussion in 'PCOS Community' started by Kamille, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Kamille

    Kamille Member

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    Hello,
    I'm just wondering if some of you have PCOS and hair loss different from Androgenetic Alopecia. I know it's pretty unlikely, however, according to what I read, only a small percentage of women with PCOS have Androgenetic Alopecia (I can't find the article anymore). Because there are so many potential causes for hair loss, I think that maybe the equation PCOS + hair loss = Androgenetic Alopecia is not accurate in some cases.
    I'm asking because I think I might have Androgenetic Alopecia and/or PCOS.
     
  2. ChelseaBee

    ChelseaBee Guest

    I have PCOS and have recently had hair loss...I was diagnosed with TE by a hair loss specialist. I think its possible he could be right and I don't have Androgenetic Alopecia from examining the regrowth I have right now...but only time will tell...!
     
  3. Kay777

    Kay777 Guest

    i have PCOS (recently diagnosed) and i've had male patterned baldness for years now...since puberty. however, i recently had a TE because of starting BCPs. now i have BOTH the remnants of a TE and Androgenetic Alopecia.

    so, don't forget that a TE can happen on top of Androgenetic Alopecia. my TE hair loss is very different from my Androgenetic Alopecia hair loss. it's diffuse and affected way more hair than my more localized Androgenetic Alopecia has so far.
     
  4. dying curls

    dying curls Guest

    Many of my friends have PCOS and dont have Androgenetic Alopecia. Actually I dont know any girl with PCOS and Androgenetic Alopecia in real life! Oh yes my cousin on my dad 's side.

    Androgenetic Alopecia in PCOS is very like male patterned baldness for men, if you inherited the hair loss gene then you express it because of the hormonal environment.

    I also know a girl with PCOS who experienced hair loss due to Lupus, she lost hair very rapidly, (was already treated for pcos at the time) she had it for almost 2 years, then it all grew back and now has a thick head of hair again and hasn' t had lupus since.But this was (apparently but who knows) unrelated to PCOS.


    There are prolly girls with PCOS and Alopecia Areata or AT out there.
     
  5. GeeGee

    GeeGee Guest

    dying curls - I'm you're PCOS+Alopecia Areata girl! I was diagnosed with PCOS 11 years ago. Last August I developed Alopecia Areata. The Endo and Derm both say they are completely unrelated.
     
  6. novanne

    novanne Guest

    Hey!!
    Just got diagnosed with PCOS last month + i am having hairloss ( Androgenetic Alopecia pattern). reduction in diameter and thinning and hair loss.
    I think two are very closely related.
    In PCOS: hormone levels change.

    those who are having PCOS but not hairloss is due to there are quite a few types of hormone imbalances , viz. 1) estrogen deficient, dominant, 2) androgen deficient, dominant .
    So depending upon the type of imbalance hairloss occurs.

    mine is estrogen deficient. and hence Androgenetic Alopecia and pcos too.
     
  7. As324

    As324 Guest

    kay what type of birth control are you using?
     
  8. dying curls

    dying curls Guest

    I am not sure there are androgen deficient women with PCOS! Same for oestrogen deficient comen with PCOS....most pcos women if not all are oestrogent dominant anyway.
    Hair loss depend on your genes mostly with PCOS and the hormonal imbalance pushes the gene to express itself
     
  9. Kamille

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    Thank you for your answers!
     
  10. As324

    As324 Guest

    sorry dying curls could you explain to me the estrogen dominant idea? how are pcos patients estrogen dominant?
     
  11. As324

    As324 Guest

    how would we know if we were estrogen dominant? if we were wouldnt that cross of many treatment options? thats ridiculous if you have to combat both estrogen dominance and androgen dominance
     
  12. dying curls

    dying curls Guest

    many women are estrogen dominants these days what's more if they have an imbalance.

    estrogen dominance means the balance btw estrogens and progesterone is not good.

    estrogen dominance is linked to pcos, heavy periods and other things

    we dont have to combat estrogens, evrything is a question of balance
     
  13. As324

    As324 Guest

    so does using a progesterone cream help?
     
  14. dying curls

    dying curls Guest

    I dunno, you can take one symptom like estrogen dominance and find a treatment for it if you don't treat the underlying condition.

    In the case of PCOS estrogen dominance does not interfere with treatments, same for menopause.

    Treatments are designed to bring back the balance in your body, even if they're not natural.

    Androgens and estrogens are closely related so when you give a women an antiandrogens the medication also effect estrogens, that's why they're usually better off taking an estrogen pill or BCP along.

    When a treatment like BCP or else stop the ovaries from working it helps balance out the hormones partially if not completely in some cases.


    If you have a thyroid issue it's no use trying to figure out if you're estrogen dominant or not, first thing to do is trying the treatment your doctor will give you and see if it's good.

    There are no treatment for estrogen dominance, but treatments for the underlying conditions causing it.
     

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