Prevalence of androgenic alopecia in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome and characterization of associated clinical and biochemical features

    April 2014 in “Fertility and Sterility
    Molly M. Quinn, Kanade Shinkai, Lauri A. Pasch, Lili Kuzmich, Marcelle I. Cedars, Heather G. Huddleston
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    TLDR Women with PCOS often have hair loss, which is linked to acne or excess body hair but not to worse hormone or metabolic issues.
    In a cross-sectional study from 2007 to 2012 involving 254 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), 22% were found to have androgenic alopecia (AGA). The study included evaluations by various specialists and found that women with PCOS and AGA were more likely to have acne or hirsutism, but there were no significant differences in biochemical hyperandrogenism or metabolic parameters between those with and without AGA. While AGA is a common concern among women with PCOS, affecting their perception of hair loss, it does not correlate with a higher risk of biochemical or metabolic complications. The study highlights the need for addressing AGA in PCOS patients, though further research is needed to determine the best treatment approach.
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