PCOS and Hair Loss: Effective Treatment Options

Hair loss is one of the most frustrating symptoms reported by women with PCOS. Hair loss is also one of the hardest symptoms to treat. The good news is that newer treatment options are offering hope. Here are some of the most effective treatments for hair loss for those suffering from PCOS.

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Highlights from the New International PCOS Guidelines

Did you hear? The newly released International evidence-based guidelines for the assessment and management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) were released this week. Designed to provide clear information to assist clinical decision making and support optimal patient care, these guidelines encompass the culmination of the work of over 3,000 health professionals and consumers internationally. These guidelines reflect the newest advancements in PCOS research and offer more insight into better managing and treating PCOS. Here’s what they got right-and wrong!

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and PCOS

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Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are at a higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) according to findings presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Androgen Excess & PCOS Society. One report suggests PCOS women are 30 times more likely to have OSA (low slow wave activity, sleep loss, oxygen deficiency) than compared with controls. Here’s what women with PCOS need to know about OSA.

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PCOS and Hysterectomy: Is it a Cure?

It is a large myth that a hysterectomy is a cure for the millions of women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). As the name implies, PCOS does involve the ovaries, a source of excess androgens and the frustrating and unwanted symptoms that go with it. It would then seem likely that removal of the ovaries would cure PCOS. However much is now know about PCOS beyond the ovaries and how it changes with age. Here’s what women with PCOS should know about the pros and cons of a hysterectomy and why women can still suffer from the hormonal effects of PCOS even with their ovaries removed.

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Inositols Decrease Gestational Diabetes in PCOS Women

Many of you may be familiar with inositols and their potential benefits for women with PCOS.  But, did you know that inositols may also decrease your risk of gestational diabetes? Having optimal inositol levels is very important for women who are pregnant or are trying to conceive. Women with PCOS are 2 ½ to 3 ½ times more likely to develop gestational diabetes than pregnant women without PCOS. In this article, we review the basics of gestational diabetes and explain how women with PCOS can potentially decrease their risk by taking an inositol supplement.

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New Risks of Birth Control Pills for PCOS

Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) have long been demonstrated as a treatment option for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) who suffer from irregular or absent periods. Despite its benefits, OCPs have been associated with adverse health effects in women, even in the teenage years. Some professions question if OCPs are just a Band-Aid and don’t address the root cause of the syndrome. Women who go off OCPs still find that their period is irregular or absent, sending many to fertility clinics for help. If you are a parent of a young girl with PCOS or are a young girl yourself, you may be asking if the pill is really a good idea.This article reviews the risks and benefits of OCPs for young women with PCOS and alternative treatments.

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