A dermatologis is not going to know nearly as much about pcos and it's associated symptoms as an endocrinologist.
Because hair loss is a common symptom of endocrine disorders, I would HIGHLY recommend you see an endocrinologist.
As for birth control, it mimics pregnancy to some degree and during pregnancy women hair loss is inhibited, resulting in temporarily thicker hair. When the pregnancy is over all the "saved up" hair is lost. It seems likely that stopping bc could have a similar effect.
I do not have a pcos diagnosis, but rather metabolic syndrome, a different source of insulin resistance. A woman can have both pcos and metabolic syndrome.
As I understand it, pcos can exacerbate pattern baldness (bald or thinning spots at the crown and forehead hairline). Pattern baldness is usually genetic and in women is usually recessive (if the men in both sides of your family tend toward male pattern baldness, you may have inherited the genes).
I was adopted, so I don't know if my thinning hair is genetic or a result of the metabolic syndrome or some other endocrine issue like hypothyroid.
I am borderline hypothroid and have lost most of my eyebrows to thinning as well, which is a classic symptom of low thryroid as is my low body temperature.
Last edited by kaplods; 10-02-2013 at 05:44 PM.