PCOS is a "final common pathway" of a variety of disorders and the diagnosis PCOS itself remains one of exclusion. It is a near universal finding that PCOS is genetic, but the heritage is complex. This genetic predisposition is not as simple as brown eyes or blue, but has a complex heritage. The tendency to develop PCOS may be inherited from either the mother's side, (maternal origin), from the father's side (paternal origin), or from both sides. A paternal origin is equally likely, but often is overlooked.
There are several symptoms or "side effects" of PCOS. Unfortunately I have just about every single one of them. Today we are only going to talk about 2 of them:
Excess hair growth (hirsutism)
For most PCOS sufferers, hair in the mustache and beard areas becomes heavier and darker. Masculine hair on the arms and legs is also possible, as well as hair on the abdomen, chest or back, together with extra growth in the pubic area. High levels of male hormones (androgen's) cause this condition.
I am sure you are wondering if this is my chin and neck. Yes unfortunately it is. No it does not always look like this as I either shave or wax it but this was taken for the purpose of showing you this side effect.
Yes this is the top of my head.
At one point in my life I had a full head of long, thick, natural curly hair. The above picture is what I am left with. I can still however grow my hair long but because it is so thin on top I chose not to.
SO in doing so more research tonight on PCOS and androgenic alopecia I learned something new. I was not aware that the hair follicles remain alive and that there is a chance I could possibly regrow my hair. This is very exciting news and something that I will likely be talking with my Dr about when I go back in April.
Thanks for stopping by and learning more on PCOS. Next time I will talk about some of the other symptoms.