Need Help with Hair Loss
I am 26 and suffering from PCOS from last 9 months, when I found out that I discovered PCOS, I was very keen to know about the factors that lead me to develop PCOS but my doctor told me that the cause is unknown, and she put me on birth control pills.
For last nine months I was taking the medicine, I put on weight initially but now as my doctor advised that I have to keep my weight under control, I have lost some weight.
But the only and the biggest problem I'm facing is the severe hair loss. I have come under depression due to this. I have lost half of my hair during these 9 months, I'm under stress, lost all confidence; I don't even want to go to the places where there are people around me. I am stressed.
Although my doctor said that the only reason of hair loss is your being stressed out. But I just don't understand how to get rid of this problem. I sometimes think of even suicide. Please help me out if somebody have any remedies for this please advise me what to do.
Editor's comments: Hi Meen.
Recent research suggests that your PCOS problems originated before you were born. It appears to be caused by an abnormal hormone levels during your mother's pregnancy, or possibly by her exposure to environmental chemicals that are hormone mimics. Or both.
As a fetus, you were exposed to these hormones or hormone mimics while your brain and other organs were forming. This exposure "reprogrammed" your body to act in certain ways, such as a predisposition for polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms, such as weight gain, lack of ovulation, acne, hair loss, excessive hair growth in unwanted places, depression, anxiety, etc.
It's true that severe stress can cause hair loss. However, most women with polycystic ovary syndrome have "androgenetic alopecia", which is a form of hair loss caused by excessively high levels of a male hormone called "dihydrotestosterone", or DHT.
DHT causes the hair follicles to shrink, forcing the hair shaft to shrink and eventually fall out. The hair follicle then goes into a resting phase and does not develop a new hair shaft.
What to do?
First of all, don't panic. You can stop or at least slow down this distressing process. You may even be able to gradually reverse it.
Your main task is to get your hormones back into some kind of balance. Right now, I would suspect they are badly unbalanced, with some hormones too high and some too low.
Here's what you can do:
1) Get a vitamin D test from your doctor immediately. If your vitamin D level is below the mid-range of normal, start taking supplemental vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that you may need.
2) Start a regular exercise program and be physically active every single day. This helps with hormone balance.
3) Improve your diet. This is absolutely crucial! I can't emphasize this enough. This is a big topic that can't be explained here. Instead, get this ebook and read it. The recommended diet is difficult, but if you stick with it (or a diet similar to it) for at least four months, you should start to see positive results, including weight loss. There's no guarantee it will stop the hair loss but it's certainly a step in the right direction.
4) Find a way to get some control over your emotional state. Negative emotions trigger stress hormones that make everything worse inside your body. Consult with a psychologist. Consider hypnosis. Find some inspirational self-help books to read.
5) After you have done the above 4 things, consider taking nutritional supplements to help you deal with the hair loss situation. I've listed a few of them below. I don't have time to explain them here.
Saw Palmetto - helps to reduce production of DHT, which causes hair loss.
L-Carnitine - medical study showed it stimulates hair growth and prevents hair cell death. Also helps to burn fat.
D-pinitol formula - helps to reduce insulin resistance, which is one of the underlying forces causing excessive weight, hair loss, and other symptoms.
In summary, there's plenty here to keep you busy. Get started today!
You can seize back control of your life. You can stop your high rate of hair loss. You can lose weight.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step". Just take the first step and you will be OK.