In Part 1, I answer twelve questions we have been asked about female hair loss in women. On this page, we'll answer the rest of the questions.
It's helpful to understand the distinction between various kinds of hair loss. I cover all that in the e-book.
I should also point out that you can have more than one type of hair loss at the same time.
Your hair follicles (the hair bulb that encases the base of your hair shaft) are preprogrammed or predisposed to act in certain ways. They also respond differently to the same external message. For example, in response to the presence of increased male hormone, some hair follicles will start a growth phase while other ones will go into a resting phase. In this case, hair might grow on your chin while it stops growing on your head.
This makes us different from your cat or dog. They have mature hairs over their entire bodies. We do not.
The reason why you have hair thinning while another women doesn't is due to a number of complex factors that are discussed in the ebook. But in general, it's because you have internal processes that have gone awry. If you can correct those internal processes, your thinning should diminish.
There is no simple or obvious answer to this question. What you need to do is get your body back into a state of better hormonal and metabolic balance.
I think the guidelines in the e-book will tip the scales in favor of slowing or stopping hair loss. But I certainly can't promise they will make your lost hair grow back. I think so but I can't prove it. Each person will have a difference response.
However, here's what one woman said about her hair loss:
This is what I mean by tipping the scales. You can tip the scales by adopting better health practices. Who knows, your hair may grow back!
You need to use several methods in combination.
But if you were to force me to pick only one method, I would say it is changing your diet.
The "wrong" diet sets the stage for additional hair loss. The e-book gives dietary guidelines that support healthy hair follicles.
I agree that PCOS is very complex! And hair loss in only one aspect. I completely agree PCOS is much more than an issue with insulin resistance.
It's not quite correct that nobody is attempting to find a safe remedy. There are safe remedies mentioned throughout our website.
A good way to stop hair loss is to find out what is causing it. That is where you should invest your money. I discuss hair loss diagnosis issues in the e-book.
Once you know what the specific likely causes are, then you can target your treatment dollars toward removing those causes.
Regarding treatment, you could spend $200, $2,000 or $20,000 and get the exact same result.
However, you can increase your probability of success with any treatment if you adopt the better health practices I lay out in the e-book.
Two reasons. First, testosterone is not the only cause of hair loss. Additional factors are involved.
Second, testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It's the DHT that is contributing to the androgenic hair loss. However, you can do things to inhibit the conversion of testosterone into DHT. I describe quite a few things you can do to inhibit DHT production.
When you say "normal", that's a statistical definition, not a health definition. Are you at the high end of normal or the low end of normal? I discuss in the e-book why this is important.
A lower glycemic index diet is a start. But you need to go way beyond that in terms of diet. For example, based on the evidence I've seen, it is critical that you adjust the composition of your dietary fats. Fats and oils are extensively reviewed in the e-book.
Hair loss is a symptom of PCOS. If you are able to remove the CAUSES of your PCOS, then I would think at least some of your hair would grow back.
I have a chapter on hair care and treatment tips.
In the e-book, I list 16 other medications in addition to natural therapies, herbs and supplements.
Hypothyroidism is a known cause of hair loss. Hypothyroidism is a problem that many women with PCOS have. In the e-book, I talk about hypothyroidism and lab testing for thyroid function.
It appears that many doctors do not investigate thyroid as thoroughly as I think they should. So you could have a thyroid dysfunction even if you are told it is "normal".
I would like to think so. But don't count on it. It can take a very long time for new research information to filter down and be fully embraced by the typical health practitioner. Please bear in mind that there is a "herd mentality" in the medical profession. Only a few will attempt a therapy that is not endorsed by their peers.
Meanwhile, you have to live your life right now. The sooner you take action to at least keep the hair you've got, the happier you will be.
Best of health to you,,
Oct 24, 16 06:03 PM
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Oct 05, 16 11:47 PM
Just hoping to get some clarification and help. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 4 years ago. I had my period non-stop for about 8 months. I went to my
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