Shedding hair is normal – and other than clogging drains and creating more vacuuming for you, it doesn’t usually create problems unless you start losing far more than the average 80 – 100 strands a day. But excessive loss of hair can be an embarrassing and stressful problem which is extremely common among females. Did you know that one in three women is likely to experience hair loss at some point in their lifetime?

The average age of women reporting thinning hair is 25 to 35 years old. Bad hair day jokes aside, it’s hard to be confident when you are worried about others noticing your thinning hair. Try to remember that you are not alone: one out of three women has this very common problem! Stress, aging, hormonal imbalances, genetics, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can all trigger hair loss.

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

The exact cause of PCOS is not yet known but appears related to higher levels of insulin in the body, resulting in excess testosterone, weight gain, enlarged ovaries and the growth of follicular cysts. There are genetic tendencies. PCOS is usually diagnosed in teenagers and women in their early 20s, often causing hair loss in young women of child-bearing age.

Loss of Hair Volume vs Pattern Baldness

Is your hair thinning or is has hair shed resulted in bald patches?  Believe it or not, there is a difference!

Bald patches are what we’re all used to talking about in the hair loss community. These are areas on the scalp where the hair fell out as part of its normal cycle or regrowth, but for one reason or another, decided not to grow back! This can result in diffuse hair loss – this is hair loss all over the head instead of in large patches – or the more traditional sort of “patchy” hair loss that we generally associate with men or folks with autoimmune or chemical alopecia.

But what about thin, limp hair? It hasn’t fallen out resulting in bald patches. So what is that all about?

This could be the result of hormonal hair thinning. Women often experience a loss of hair volume, particularly when their hormones fluctuate. So, while the total number of hairs on a woman’s head may not decrease very drastically, the individual strands may instead shrink to a smaller diameter, causing a lack of volume. This makes the hair look thinner or sparser, which results in a loss of fullness and scalp areas becoming more visible.

This can sometimes seem like a “splitting hair” (pardon the bad pun) kind of distinction because the end result is often the same. You may even need the help of a medical professional to determine which of these issues is causing your hair woes and the underlying condition at fault, if there is one.

No matter the case or the cause, women with hair loss often find themselves with finer, ultra-thin hair strands that can’t or won’t grow past a certain length, causing “baby fuzz” and sparse patches in what used to be a fuller hairline. Fortunately, there are a few good options for women who want to hide areas of thinning hair and partial hair loss! Cysterwigs has many great products to help conceal thinning hairlines and bring back the volume.

Wigs, Wiglets, Toppers from Cysterwigs

You can choose from a wide variety of wigs – but there are also many great styles of “wiglets”, “toppers”, and other hairpieces fashioned to match your hair color and look while helping conceal various types of partial hair loss. We try to take the stress out of this process so you can focus on living  great life instead of the situation on your scalp.

Heather and the rest of the team here at CysterWigs do a great job of cultivating collections of wiglets/toppers, wigs, and accessories that take a lot of the stress out of shopping for hair online. They work with a wide network of social media and quality control reviewers to help determine if a style is worthy of their cherished clientele. If the hair appears grossly overpriced, overhyped, out of style, or fake, they won’t sell it. They even put “expiration dates” on every listing on the main CysterWigs site to indicate how long a wig or topper will last you. They also indicate the origin and reason for markdown on every piece on their clearance site – WigCloseouts.com. No other stores do that to my knowledge. It’s a very real way that CysterWigs sticks their necks out to help eliminate guesswork for us – and I love that about them! I’m so proud to be associated with such a caring organization!

Thank you for reading this post. It’s been a pleasure writing for you. Here’s looking forward to the future!


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How do doctors diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Your doctor may suspect you have this syndrome if you have eight periods per year or less, excess body hair, hormonal irregularities, high blood sugar, androgenic hair loss, acne, or irregular periods. After obtaining a clinical history that suggests PCOS, the doctor will rule out other diseases that could cause similar symptoms. Some of these diseases include:

  • Excessive production of hormones by the adrenal glands, called adrenal hyperplasia
  • Problems with the function of the thyroid gland
  • Surplus / over production of prolactin hormone by the pituitary gland, known as hyperprolactinemia

Complete family history

The doctor will ask about your menstrual cycle and about any history of infertility. The doctor will also ask if your mother or sister has PCOS or symptoms similar to yours, since PCOS is usually hereditary.

Complete physical examination

The doctor will perform a physical exam and look for excessive growth of hair, acne or other signs of high androgen levels. He/she will take your blood pressure, measure your waist and calculate your body mass index, a measure of your body fat that is calculated from weight and height.

Blood samples

The doctor will check the levels of androgens, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Pelvic exam or ultrasound to check the ovaries

During the pelvic exam, the doctor will insert two fingers into your vagina and put pressure on your abdomen to feel for ovarian cysts. To help see ovarian cysts, the doctor may recommend an ultrasound, a test that uses sound waves to obtain images of the pelvic area. Your doctor will also check the thickness of the lining of the uterus; If your periods are irregular, the lining of the uterus may be thicker than normal.

A woman who has at least two of the following three problems may have a diagnosis of PCOS:

  • The long-term absence of ovulation (the process of ovum ovule release) that causes menstrual irregularities
  • High levels of androgens that are not the result of other causes or diseases or signs of high androgen levels, such as excess facial or body hair
  • More than 12 cysts of a specific size in one or both ovaries (detected by ultrasound)

Some women with a diagnosis of PCOS have the first two symptoms but do not have ovarian cysts

 

Stay tuned for next week’s installment: Treatment and Management

 

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Having a bad hair day really can affect your mood and confidence. It’s hard to put your best foot forward when you feel like your tresses are a mess!

You might already know that stress can disrupt sleep and upset your stomach, but did you realize it can literally make your hair fall out?

This is because hormones levels change with stress, which can cause hair loss in women, along with other scalp issues like dandruff. So, if you find yourself losing hair rapidly, or notice a lack of hair volume and thinning areas that expose more of your scalp, it could be caused by stress. But there are a lot of other potential triggers, so you may need professional help to figure out the cause of hair loss and to address your thinning hair issues.

Here are some of the issues that could potentially be going on.

Reactive Hair Loss

This type of hair loss happens due to some type of a trigger or an imbalance like severe stress, extreme dieting, illness, or a deficiency. If you are experiencing sudden hair loss or thinning, please do not hesitate to consult a physician. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (or PCOS) is a hormonal condition with a wide range of symptoms, including hair loss, which frequently goes undiagnosed. Some other common conditions that may cause excess shedding or reactive hair loss can include:

• Childbirth
• Aging and menopause
• Anemia or lack of iron
• Vitamin B12 deficiency
• Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
• Dramatic weight loss

Genetic Hair Loss

If your relatives have thinning hair or bald heads, chances are good that those genes may have been passed on to you. While genetics play a big role in hair loss, women do lose hair differently than men. Men tend to develop male-pattern baldness. As a woman you might notice a loss of volume in your hair or develop sparse or thin patches, with the scalp becoming more visible in certain areas. This is due to hair follicles shrinking and producing finer hair strands.

We’ve got your back…and sides…and tops

Without a doubt, hair loss can be emotionally devastating – even though it is very common – with about one of every three ladies experiencing it sometime in their life. At Cysterwigs, we want you to feel confident and fabulous, even on the worst of hair days. You don’t need to have a diagnosis of PCOS to join our “CysterHood” of support, advice, fun, fashion, and understanding.

Our focus is providing affordable, high quality fashionable options for women with hair loss of any type, including those with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. We are a great source of on-trend, well-made, natural-looking wigs, wiglets and other hair accessories that will transform your look and attitude. If you love wigs, we love you!

Thank you so much for reading our blog. Have a lovely day from everyone here at CysterWigs!


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What causes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Researchers and health care providers are aware that there are both environmental and genetic factors that contribute to the development of PCOS, but they do not know exactly what causes the disease.

Since the symptoms of PCOS tend to be hereditary, it is likely that the syndrome is due, at least in part, to a change or mutation in one or more genes. Recent research in animal models suggests that, in some cases, PCOS may be due to genetic or chemical changes that occur in the womb.

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Coupled with the 3 features (lack of ovulation, excessive levels of both androgens, and ovarian cysts) used to diagnose or confirm PCOS,  there are several signs and symptoms of PCOS, some of which may seem unrelated to the disease:

  • Menstrual irregularities:
  • Total absence of menstrual periods, called amenorrhea
  • Lack of frequent menstrual periods, called oligomenorrhea
  • Heavy, painful periods
  • Bleeding without ovulation, called anovulatory periods
  • Infertility
  • Excess growth of hair on the face, chest, abdomen or thighs-a condition called hirsutism
  • Severe acne, late or persistent onset that does not respond well to usual treatments
  • Excessive weight gain or inability to shed fat easily, most especially around the waist region.
  • Pelvic pain
  • Oily skin
  • Dark patches of skin, which usually has a thick velvety texture (acanthosis nigricans)
  • Hair loss (androgenic alopecia)

 

PCOS is a manageable – but not curable – chronic endocrinological disease.

PCOS is the highest single cause of female infertility in the western world. Although PCOS is one of the main causes of infertility, many women with PCOS can become – and remain – pregnant. Pregnant women with PCOS, however, are at higher risk of having certain problems with conception, such as miscarriage.

Since many women may be embarrassed about having hair loss, oily skin, excessive body hair growth, or acne, they may not mention these things to their doctors. As a result, many women are not diagnosed with PCOS until they have difficulty becoming pregnant. This is the biggest reason why women of child-bearing age – 18 to 45 – are the most likely to become first diagnosed with the disorder. However, women who have PCOS will continue to have it their entire lives, even after menopause or a hysterectomy. Mounting scientific evidence also suggests that this illness is something women may be born with, though symptoms may not appear until shortly after the onset of puberty. The first obvious symptoms in young girls are typically uncontrollable weight gain and period irregularity.

 

Stay tuned for next week’s installment: How to Diagnose PCOS

 

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What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is a disease caused by a hormonal imbalance that affects women and girls of childbearing age. Women with PCOS usually have at least two of the following three problems:

  • Absence of ovulation, which causes irregular menstrual periods or absence of periods
  • High levels of androgens (a type of hormone) or signs of high androgen levels, such as excess body or facial hair
  • Cysts (sacs full of fluid) in one or both ovaries – “polycystic” literally means “with many cysts”

A number of women with confirmed cases of PCOS experience the first two problems mentioned above, including other symptoms, but there is an absence of cysts in their ovaries.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is undoubtedly the most common cause of anovulatory infertility, which means that infertility is linked to the absence of ovulation, the process in which the ovary releases a mature egg every month. A great number of women are unaware that they are sufferers of this syndrome until they start experiencing difficulty in conceiving.

PCOS is also capable of causing other issues, like hair growth in unwanted parts of the body, hair loss on the top of the head, presence of dark patches on the skin, excessive weight gain, as well as irregular menstruation.

Women with PCOS are also more at risk of having:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, which causes breathing pauses while a person is asleep
  • Resistance to insulin
  • Metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease and high blood pressure (cardiovascular disease)
  • Mood disorders
  • Endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer

 

Stay tuned for next week’s installment: The Causes and Symptoms of PCOS

 

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