Hair thinning & PCO


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Dear Dr Ahsan,
I am 33 years old and have polycystic ovaries for quite a few years. I have been taking the treatment for it and have overcome the problem. During this period I experienced hair loss and thinning. And my hairs do not seem to recover. What can I do to improve them? I do notice there are new hair growing but has been long now and they seem to be in the same state. Should I get treatment separately for them or does it mean my ovaries are still polycystic?

Dear Meesha,
For the education of the regular reader, polycystic ovary is a disease of the ovaries where they start producing excessive amounts of male hormones that lead to masculinization of the body including falling of scalp hair and excessive growth of unwanted body hair as well as menstrual disorders. Such a disorder can be picked up with ultrasound examination or some blood tests.
Your hair problem is related to your Polycystic Ovary (PCO) and probably it is still not settled. To know if the disease has settled you need to have an ultrasound and some blood tests. You have not mentioned the kind of treatment you took for your PCO and for how long?
Treatment for PCO generally takes care of the hair problem but some time it does not. The hair need to be treated separately.
Topical Minoxidil is one of the old and time tested treatments for PCO related hair disorder that can recover your hair to a greater or lesser extent. Sometimes oral medicines also need to be taken that are beyond the scope of this article.

The entire treatment needs to be tailor made to your needs.
General measures for hair care need to be practiced while you are on treatment. These would include being gentle on the hair, no blow drying, no straightening and ironing etcetera. If you still experience thinning of hair it means the problem still exists and you need to consult a dermatologist.