Hi there, came across this forum a week or so ago so thought it was best I join.
Ok I will fill everyone in on my situation so far. I was probably between 18-19 when a couple people joked about my "bald spot" on my crown. It did bug me but to be honest I couldn't see it and i half believed it was probably just the way my hair sat. Well as time when on I noticed my hairline receding and more and more gaps in my hair when I tried to style it. I went to the doctor who basically said, come back if it gets any worse. It did!
In about Feb/March this year I went and saw a very nice dermatologist who said he was glad I had come early and suggested I try Minoxidil (Regain foam) first and if that doesn't work then we could look at propecia however he explained the potential side effects (which I have since spent A LOT of time looking into)
Anyway I have been using the foam every evening since then (I have missed about 3 days once because I was away with work and left the foam at home). I really don't like the stuff I find it makes my hair greasy and it's impossible to put in without getting all of your hair (My hair is a couple inches long) and hence why I use it for bed. I've tried using it in the morning but it just messes my hair up so much I can't style it.
So basically, although I have been using Minoxidil for 7/8 months I don't think its working. The hair on my scalp is getting thinner and thinner and it's getting me really down. I hate it! I just don't know what to do. Ive thought about a hair transplant but realistically they can't really help with thinning car can they? I know it would help with my receding hairline but that I feel is not my biggest issue.
I have made an appointment to go back to my doctor to discuss propecia, but I'm really unsure. The side effects really freak me out but then on the other hand I feel I can go on like this. I've always been quite vain and although I can cover it up reasonably well now, it's getting harder and harder.
If I do decide to take propecia and it works, what I can I expect it to do. Will it regrow hair on my small bald bits, will it thicken thinning hair? Or will it just halt everything and keep it from worsening? Sorry for lots of questions, just a bit of a novice!
Any advice on what to do\things to take etc is much appreciated