Poly Cystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOD) is a hormonal imbalance that leads to reproduction problems. It also features hair loss as an unwelcome symptom. We look closer.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOD)

This hormonal disorder affects women of reproductive age. It is diagnosed when two out of three symptoms are present. Irregular periods, high levels of male hormones, and polycystic ovaries.. ovaries with fluid-filled sacs (follicles) surrounding the eggs. Despite the name, they are not actually cysts. These “cysts” are underdeveloped sacs in which the eggs are meant to develop, unable to release an egg they directly lead to the absent ovulations. Present with any two or all of these symptoms and the medic will diagnose PCOD.

The implications of the diagnosis are varied and go beyond issues around reproduction, irregular or absent periods and difficulties conceiving. Hair growth where you don’t want it, on the face, chest, back, and buttocks. Hair loss, also where you don’t want it, on the scalp. Issues like acne or oily skin also feature.

The exact cause of PCOD is not known, but many women who suffer are also resistant to insulin and produce higher levels to compensate, so it shares risk factors with diabetes.

Treatment

While all the symptoms are treatable, there is no cure for PCOD. Immediate advice will be given to lose weight where appropriate, along with dietary advice… which is no more complicated than following a healthy, balanced diet.

The principle effect of PCOD, on your fertility, can be addressed with medication. In some cases, a simple surgical procedure, called laparoscopic ovarian drilling, can destroy the tissue producing the male hormones. With treatment, most women are able to get pregnant.

The side effects can all be treated through medication, with the possible exception of scalp hair loss, for which of course there is no cure. But that is not the same as saying there is no hope. Modern treatments like platelet rich therapy, along with more old fashioned solutions like hair systems, can be used. In conjunction with an improved diet and an effective routine using ph balanced and volumizing shampoos there is plenty the sufferer can do to help themselves.

Hair Loss For Women

PCOD is a distressing condition that few see coming. The shock of the diagnosis is real, it cuts to the heart of what it is to be a woman. But rest assured there is no aspect of the disease that can not be treated.

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