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What to Know About PCOS Hair Loss

PCOS is a condition that exclusively affects young women and is related to hormones, as well as genetics. While the exact causes of PCOS have yet to be demystified, it’s clear that some PCOS sufferers do experience hair loss. To find out more about the link between both we reached out to  Dr. Andy Goren, Chief Medical Officer of Daniel Alain, who shared how you can take control of your PCOS hair loss journey.

Woman suffering from PCOS hair loss | Mane Addicts
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About the Expert

Dr. Andy Goren is the Chief Medical Officer of Daniel Alain.

First Off, What Is POCS?

“Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, referred to as PCOS, affects women of childbearing age,” explains Dr. Goren. “While the exact cause of this syndrome is not well understood, genetics and androgens seem to play a role in the development of PCOS. Symptoms of PCOS include acne, hair loss, and excessive body hair.”

This condition often results in hair loss because women diagnosed with PCOS “have higher levels of androgens as well as genetic predisposition to experience hair loss,” he continues.

Combating PCOS

“Often, the symptoms of PCOS are treated with drugs for diabetes and anti-androgens,” shares Dr. Goren. “While the drugs are not a cure for PCOS symptoms they are often effective in reducing the progress of hair loss. For proper treatment, it is crucial to see a dermatologist, or gynecologist, or book a consultation with a hair loss specialist. They can offer a more personalized approach, as treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution.”

Treating PCOS Hair Loss

To treat PCOS hair loss at home, Dr. Goren recommends more generalized treatments. “While it is important to visit a dermatologist and/or gynecologist for personalized treatment, there are some successful product treatments that may help manage the symptoms of PCOS such as hair loss. Minoxidil is one of the most popular hair growth supplements but many people don’t know, it is only effective for 30% to 40% of women and can take six to nine months to show results. 

Daniel Alain’s Minoxidil Response Test reports if Minoxidil will be an effective treatment for you within seven to 14 days, and it’s backed by their CLIA-certified lab,” Dr. Goren tells us. “The clinically proven test determines if you have the necessary SULT1A1 enzyme present in your hair follicles, which create the ideal scalp environment for Minoxidil-based treatments to regrow hair. SULT1A1 is needed to convert Minoxidil to its active form, Minoxidil Sulfate, in the hair follicles to regrow. Therefore, using this test prior to ordering hair regrowth formulas can greatly increase your chances of decreasing hair-shedding while awaiting medication from a derm/gyno.”

As Dr. Goren notes, PCOS is a common condition, and while PCOS and the associated symptoms such as hair loss can be very emotional for many women, there are ways to treat the symptoms, especially the hair loss side effect. “Daniel Alain has greatly helped women experiencing hair loss feel confident, brave, and supported throughout the entirety of their hair loss journey with their wide selection of clinically proven effective hair loss solutions, custom designed to make the lives of women overcoming PCOS easier,” he shares.

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