Besides the price-tag, this medication will save your hair. You have to try it out for yourself. And just to note: there is no possible way for 1 pill to have permanent side effects, do your research.
Finasteride has helped me keep my hair, but not regrow it.
Progesterone did much more in terms of regrowth, and actually less hair falling out. Although it's not
a high number of terminal hairs, I've regained between twenty and thirty terminal hairs on my temple
Keep in mind I'm in my forties. So for me, that's an accomplishment.
Wow, great thread. I just joined a few days ago and here is my brief story with Fin. Will have a thorough read of the thread later on, it's a lot!
About a few months ago I went to South America for business and I brought Proscar (prescribed in Canada) with me. I cut the 5mg pill into four 1.25 pieces and took one every day for about a week and a half. Honestly, at first, maybe 3 days in, I noticed that my erections were not as hard and my sex drive was hurting. I chalked it up to my body getting used to it. But then around the 10 day mark or so I experienced serious testicular shrinkage. It was not in my head at all, it was like "wtf is happening down there?" when showering or just actually feeling them. I estimated my regular size was about halved during that. I immediately stopped for obvious reasons and within about 5-7 days my drive skyrocketed over the course of a 48-72 hour span but then went back to normal. I also noticed a lot of shedding in that week or so after.
Honestly, it scared the heck out of me and I would REALLY like to know if I made the pieces smaller and take it only 2-3's a week do you think the side effects won't occur? I have also started to lift weights and know that MPB is very susceptible to increased testosterone so would like to have a solution sooner than later.
it would be more helpful if ppl reported their male relatives hair loss patterns
for example, if most ppl in ur fam lost ther hair in their late 50s, then telling us you began fin@ age 24 and had good results until age 34, is a little suspect. whatever success you THINK youre having is obfuscated by your lack of telling us your family history
you might just be progressing slowly due to your family history
these threads are mostly filled with new fin users too, telling us how they saw results after 3 months (bs)
ive been on fin for 15 months. my dad lost his hair slowly and is almost bald at 63. he had a full head of hair throughout his 30s, 40s, and somewhat in his 50s. it was in his 50s that it got bad fast.
hes also a doctor with a very stressful work schedule and has diabetes.
his older brother has receding hairline but is not bald at all.
my grandfather had a full head of hair but thinning and recession when he passed at 82.
fin is def worth a shot, but i dont think its going to work for me. i have a full head of hair at 32.5 yrs of age. but i have receding temporal points and corners like my dad did. im mostly likely going to be bald by 60+ with lots of recession slowly happening from now til then.
so any success i have with fin will only be able to be seen in the long term (i.e., i dont go bald by 60 but rather late 60s maybe).
31 year old. Realized I was balding at age 28. Possible minor balding prior to that (at around 24), but it wasn't cosmetically significant or noticible. I would say I'm currently a Norwood 3 with some general thinning through the center of my scalp.
There is extremely aggressive hair loss in my family. Nearly every male (that I know of) on both my mother and father's side developed into a full blown cueball Norwood 7 by the time they were 21. This includes my brother, father and first cousins excluding one who seems to have a pattern similar to mine. He's in his early 40's now and around a NW5.
I began taking .5 mg of Propecia 7 months ago. I've been growing my hair out so it's difficult to see if there's a difference, but I THINK I'm seeing some regrowth. When I pull my hair back there are thick strands in the front which are about half length of the hair that's further back. This makes me think those hairs are new ones that have started to grow back. Also, in spots further along the front of the hairline where I'm "bald", I see a significant number of light vellus hairs. I do not know if those will ever develop into terminal hairs.
As for side effects, I've had some but they're not earth shattering. My libido quite a bit lower and it takes me longer to get an erection. I am able to "finish the deed", however. Another side is some discomfort in my right testicle. It feels like pressure is being put on the area. It comes up much less frequently now than it did when I first started on the medication.
Overall, I feel like things are going in a positive direction but it's still hard to tell. I am going to continue taking Propecia as long as I do not develop more significant side effects and as long as I am not losing hair while on it.
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