My hair has stopped falling out.

sexyswamprat
By sexyswamprat Latest Reply 2009-01-31 21:03:21 -0600
Started 2009-01-31 20:19:09 -0600

As many of you know I have pcos and I started seeing a new endo in september. Unfortuantely one side effect of the pcos that I was expirencing was male mattern baldness. Yes, my hair was falling out, and falling out fast. My new endo switched me from glipizied to metformin.(obviously diabetes medication) And she put me on spironolactone, a blood pressure medication. Both of these meds are used to help control side effects of pcos. My endo told me that these meds would help with my hairloss. I was very sceptical. And for the first month and half of treatment I saw no change at all. So we upped my dosage of spironolatone. Well, at the beginning of January I started to notice that when I woke up there was no hair on my pillow. I would brush my hair and there was hardly any hair on the brush or on the floor. My hair has finally stopped falling out! So not only do these medication control my diabetes and blood pressure, I believe that they are my miracle cure for for a devasting side effect of pcos.

I am writing this because if you are a woman with pcos there is a good chance that you are diabetic and have high blood pressure. Not all women with pcos have the same side effects but I suggest that if you have pcos and have diabetes, high bp, and you are expirencing baldness you should discuss taking these 2 meds with your doctor. I feared I was going to be bald within 6 months but thanks to my endo and her knowledge of pcos and the medication used for it my fear is gone and my hair is growing back and looking healthier than ever.

Just some advice for any woman that has or thinks she may have pcos. Please get checked by your doctor. Pcos left untreated can be deadly.

Love and Hugs,
Lynda


13 replies

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-31 20:35:53 -0600 Report

Because I was unfamiliar with PCOS, I looked it up. Very interesting and something I'd not heard of. Oddly enough it lists as a symptom "increased hair growth". Strange, huh?

"The most common symptoms of PCOS are irregular or absent periods, infertility, increased hair growth and unusual weight gain, even with dieting or increased exercise. Women with PCOS will often go for months without a period and then start bleeding heavily for days. This occurs when the uterine lining has gotten too thick and the body must naturally shed it. Because PCOS disrupts ovulation it can be very difficult to become pregnant."

http://www.womentowomen.com/insulinresistance...

Here's the link, in the event any of you are curious about PCOS as well.

So happy you're seeing results, and I hope you continue to have success and improvement.

Diane

highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2009-01-31 20:40:04 -0600 Report

my daughter has that.the increased hair growth was on her belly and the side of her face. that has all been taken care of, but it caused her so much self esteem problems when she was a teenager. it doesn't happen with everybody that has pcos.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-31 20:43:11 -0600 Report

I'm sure that was a hard for her to deal with. It's tough enough just being a teenager, and young people can be so terribly cruel when they want to be. I'm glad she's beyond that now and hope she's doing well.

sexyswamprat
sexyswamprat 2009-01-31 20:46:50 -0600 Report

Diane,

Unfortuantely, I also have the excessive hair growth. Before my surgery I could go 6-8 months without a period. And when I finally did get one it was for about only 2 days but I thought that I was going to bleed to death. I have or have had just about every symptom and side effect of pcos. And this has been going on since I was 19. I am now 37. It took a very long time for doctors to even figure out what I had. Pcos is one of the most unfeminine things for a woman to have. And it can be very hard to deal with.

highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2009-01-31 20:53:12 -0600 Report

i had it too. did not have excessive hair or lost of the hair on my head, in fact the head hair is thick! my problem started in my 20's. my periods did like yours. in my 40's i had a hysterectomy,because of fibriods tumors and a golf ball size cyst on my overies. they thought i had cancer, but it wasn't.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-31 21:03:21 -0600 Report

Well it sounds terrible to deal with. I know I suffered miserably with fibroid tumors many years ago and thought a number of times I would bleed slap to death within a few hours. Fortunately that problem was remedied with harmone treatment therapy, which we've since learned was not, after all, as good as touted. Before that came out, however, I had already gone off of it, with the help of my doctor, as I was leery of it all along. I truly do hope you do well and that you continue to have good luck with your new meds, etc. Very interesting.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-31 20:27:51 -0600 Report

Lynda, It was so sad to watch what you had to go through. I am glad to see you are doing better and things are improving. Its a new year, and I hope you are blessed with a good one…Debe

sexyswamprat
sexyswamprat 2009-01-31 20:32:02 -0600 Report

Thanks Debe. Yes, last year was really rough for me. We have learned to deal and cope with the things that we can not change. I have been trying to stay busy since my surgery. I am very confident that 2009 is going to be a much better year for me and for my husband.