Pcos hair loss : why it happens
Pcos hair loss..Many women with PCOS suffer loss of capillary density, probably one of the most distressing symptoms that we face. Seeing old photos, you can see your long hair and, now, your hair is fine, brittle and you perceive unpopulated areas. Does it sound? keep reading 🙂
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When hair loss goes further. Androgenic alopecia
The androgenic alopecia or alopecia androgenetic (AGA) , also called common baldness, is the type of baldness or alopecia most common among the male population, but also occurs in women. It is a demoralizing symptom for any woman and, the cause is the same as in men: androgen hormones.
But calm, we will try to fight it in the same way as the other symptoms of PCOS that we always talk about: treating the root cause. No miraculous shampoos or science fiction solutions.
Why does PCOS cause hair loss?
Testosterone is broken down into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) within the sebaceous glands of the hair follicle. Dihydrotestosterone binds to receptors in hair follicles, shrinking and killing them in the process. In some women, these receptors are more sensitive and make them more susceptible to hair loss.
In these cases, the treatment usually includes quite potent drugs such as Androcur , Flutamide or spironolactone, a quick solution that does not treat the root cause . The latter blocks steroid androgenic receptors, preventing the entry of testosterone. At the same time it interrupts ovulation, estrogen metabolism and adrenal function, so it is more likely to cause more harm than good.
Excess of testosterone and inflammation
The excess of testosterone, as well as other androgens in our body, are causing inflammation. The follicles are sensitive to oxidative stress, that is, too many free radicals and few antioxidants. Recent reports from the scientific literature have shown the presence of inflammation and also of oxidative stress at the level of the papillary dermal cells of patients with androgenetic alopecia.
How to stop hair loss by Sop
The first question we should all ask ourselves is, what is causing the excess of androgens? Every woman is a world and, the causes may be different. It could be insulin resistance, high levels of stress hormones, poor intestinal health, pills, thyroid problems or, a combination of the above.
In any case, we go with a series of tips that can benefit any woman with PCOS who is suffering from hair loss.
Eliminates inflammatory foods
It has been shown that women with PCOS have higher levels of inflammation and that it can cause insulin resistance and elevated androgens.
Within the inflammatory foods we can mention especially: gluten and dairy products. Of course, all ultra-processed foods.
Also seed oils: canola, soy, sunflower … all of them with high content of Omega 6 , a polyunsaturated fat essential for health but proinflammatory in large quantities. In contrast, Omega 3 fats , found in fatty fish and extra virgin olive oil, reduce inflammation and, therefore, PCOS. The Omega 6: Omega 3 relationship is of vital importance. A large proportion of Omega 6: Omega 3 is associated with all inflammatory diseases, including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Specifically in the SOP, studies have shown that a higher level of Omega 6 in the blood correlates with higher levels of testosterone. The ideal ratio would be 1: 1.
Treat Insulin Resistance
It is the most common cause of elevated androgens in women with PCOS and, in addition, a precursor to type II diabetes.
Eliminates sugar completely A low carbohydrate diet is an excellent tool to reduce androgen levels when there is presence of insulin resistance.
In case of women with PCOS and excess stress, reducing excess carbohydrates could cause even more stress in your adrenal glands, causing them to produce more stress hormones and androgens. Careful with this.
Not everything is what you eat
Although diet is very important, there are other factors that can also cause inflammation, excess androgens and hair loss. Pay special attention to:
– High levels of cortisol (stress hormone)
– Poor intestinal health
– Environmental toxins that act as endocrine disruptors . Example: BPA
Eliminate sources of stress and reduce it through activities that make you happy. Meditate, join yoga, dance … anything but, move and do it for pleasure.
Do not invest more money in shampoos and anti-hair lotions, we know it is hard and frustrating but, we also know that you can get it. It is told by someone who has lost a lot of hair for a very long time and has seen it reborn using the right tools.
There is a quite promising supplement, which does not contain the typical ingredients of the well-known Pilexil , Inneov , etc. It is called Skin, Nails & Hair of the brand Solgar, its formulation strengthens collagen and keratin, structural proteins of the skin, hair and nails.
It contains mainly MSN (methylsulfonylmethane), used for a variety of purposes, including its most common use as an anti-inflammatory agent. It acts against inflammation, joint and / or muscle pain, oxidative stress and has antioxidant capacity.
Some studieshave proven its usefulness and effectiveness for the treatment of hair loss or alopecia. My experience with this supplement is very positive and can be very helpful in combination with everything mentioned above.