Irregular periods do not lead to hair loss, but they can be signs of conditions that are related to hair loss. These symptoms may seem related because they can both be signs of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Keep reading to find out more about how these two symptoms are related.
What Makes Periods Irregular?
While there is no “normal” schedule for menstrual cycles, most women have cycles that are between 24 and 35 days. Every woman has at least a couple of irregular periods over the course of her reproductive years. However, if your periods are so unpredictable that they constantly vary from month to month or are especially painful, you are suffering from irregular periods. In some cases, irregular periods are connected to PCOS.
To understand this occurrence, one must first be familiar with polycystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS is exactly as it sounds — a condition in which many small cysts appear on the ovaries. PCOS occurs when the ovaries produce too many hormones, specifically androgens (male sex hormones). This overproduction can be spurred by the production of too much luteinizing hormone (LH) by the pituitary gland.
Why Does PCOS Cause Irregular Periods?
Ovaries that are not afflicted with this condition routinely prepare up to 20 eggs to be released during each menstrual cycle, each developing in their own “pocket” or cyst. Throughout the process, one egg usually begins to attract more of the hormones needed to mature and be released.
However, when women have PCOS, no one egg receives the correct balance of hormones to mature and be released, so the ovaries end up developing cysts that never release an egg. When ovulation does not occur, the female reproductive system has irregular periods.
Why Does PCOS Cause Hair Loss?
Since women with PCOS have too many androgens in the bloodstream, they may begin to exhibit changes in hair growth patterns. More specifically, these hormones lead to more body hair growth, such as facial hair and hair on the chest, stomach, and back. Hair follicles on the head, however, respond differently to male sex hormones. This is why many women with the condition will begin to notice a loss of hair on the scalp.
More Information about Irregular Periods and Hair Loss
Irregular periods alone do not induce hair loss, but if menstrual irregularity is due to PCOS, hair loss could result. If you suspect that PCOS may be the reason for your hair loss and irregular periods, it is important to be diagnosed by a doctor. Untreated, PCOS can lead to serious conditions such as diabetes and obesity.
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