Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition where the ovaries do not respond as the should to hormones released from the pituitary gland. Ovaries become enlarged and contain fluid- filled surrounding the eggs that are usually released during ovulation. the ovaries are responsible for the production of androgens and estrogens. When this balance of hormones are disturbed and this imbalance can lead to hair thinning, decreased fertility, acne and increased body hair.
When sex hormone balance is disturbed this often leads to a condition known as androgenic alopecia. With each hair cycle, the hair on the scalp grows for a shorter duration of time and becomes thinner in diameter. Whilst this type of hair loss is common, research shows that hair loss affects less than 40% of women with PCOS.
Hair loss linked to PCOS can have the following characteristics:
- A wider hair parting with more scalp showing
- Hair loss mainly in the front and side areas of the scalp
- Recession at the temples appearing as an increase in ‘baby hairs’ or a receding hairline
- Dry and frizzy hair that breaks easily