What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic ovaries occur in women who produce a higher volume of male hormones in a female body. This hormonal imbalance impacts the normal working function of the female reproduction system and can impact menstrual periods and pregnancies. PCOS impacts the production of estrogen and progesterone, whilst the ovaries continue to produce a small amount to ‘male’ hormones, known as androgens. Whilst this is an important hormone for triggering puberty, excessive androgens cause virilization. This condition affects the typical function of the female body and even causes PCOS hair loss, which mirrors male pattern baldness.
It is estimated that 2.2 and 26.7% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 experience PCOS. The ovaries can become enlarged and filled with a fluid that encompasses the eggs. This is known as the ‘cyst’. To experience Polycystic ovaries can be upsetting and challenging, as it can present issues that affect lives on a long-term basis as well as having visible symptoms. Polycystic ovaries present issues such as:
- It can be harder to get pregnant – as the ovaries become encompassed by fluid-filled sacs (follicles) and periods are irregular, meaning that ovulation is unbalanced or unpredictable, it often becomes a struggle for women to conceive. Many women experience no periods at all.
- Excessive hair growth – Hair growth is affected by hormonal imbalances. PCOS hair growth occurs on the face and body, including the chest, back and buttocks. This is known as Hirsutism.
- Weight gain – hormone imbalances increase the risk of weight gain and obesity. Unfortunately, weight and PCOS is related and an expected 80% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese.
- Oily skin or acne – hormonal imbalances also cause breakouts on the skin and can cause overactive sebaceous glands, which releases a naturally produced oil.
- PCOS hair loss and thinning hair from the head.
PCOS Hair Loss
PCOS hair loss, unfairly, occurs on the head and can create noticeable hair loss or begin to appear patchy. This occurs predominantly around the temples, hairline and crown of the head and as such, is known as a kind of female pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia.
PCOS hair loss occurs as the influx of male hormones, androgens, flood the body and begin to mimic that of male cycles, producing hair across the body and face, smaller breasts, and PCOS hair loss. Those who have male pattern baldness in their family are typically at a greater risk of PCOS hair loss.
The symptoms of PCOS can often be combatted with an oral contraceptive pill or other hormone regulators. It may take many attempts to get the hormonal balance right, but these medications can lower the androgen levels and thus reduce the rate of PCOS hair loss. However, hair that was lost because of polycystic ovaries, and bald areas, will not grow back on their own. Medications can only slow down the effect of further hair loss.
PRP Treatment for PCOS Hair Loss
Here at Longevita, we know how upsetting hair loss, particularly PCOS hair loss can be. Signs of hair loss can be apparent and quite visible. As above, the body will struggle to recover from PCOS hair loss naturally and bald areas will require intervention if individuals would like to mask or regrow their hair.
PRP treatment stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, which is a protein that comes from the blood. This protein is found in white blood cells, which can be separated from the red blood cells after they have been extracted from the body in a centrifuge. The concentrate of protein that is left possesses extremely effective healing and strengthening properties. For PCOS hair loss, this means that the PRP therapy can stimulate hair growth when injected into the affected area. The hair follicles in the area get a boost and hair growth can be rejuvenated. PRP treatment provides extremely natural re-growth. It is impossible to distinguish between PRP and genuine, natural hair growth.
At Longevita, we understand how concerning PCOS and hair loss can be. PRP treatment is an extremely effective method for combating PCOS hair loss. Treatment is available at Longevita clinics in the UK, as the treatments are simple and can be performed as a quick, out-patient procedure. For more information, get in touch with the team at experts at Longevita. We are happy to provide an initial consultation for all those concerned about PCOS hair loss, or any other kind of female pattern baldness and dramatic shedding.