I am in my mid 7th month of using Propecia everyday (alone without anything else), and am starting to get concerned. As I understand it, you need to wait 9-12 months to see any effect from the treatment, and thats where I need clarification.
- Would I notice worst symptoms (loss of hair bulk/mass) before it got better? My hair was diffuse beforehand but still covered my head. Now, the rear crown of my head is very close to being bald. (Please see images..I sent them to your email) Frontal has remained basically the same. I now keep my hair very short, so I dont know if there was shedding (and it just wasnt apparent for this reason.) But I havent noticed ANY hairs falling outâ€¦.instead the hair just seems to be getting thinner and thinner.
- At this point, I am trying to determine whether to use Rogaine on top of Propecia as a last ditch effort. I know that would make it hard to determine WHICH product is helping my hair (which is why I have been holding out on that), but my big concern is that if I let things continue to progress at this rate than I won’t have any hair in the crown for Rogaine to even “thicken”…What is your take on that.
- The only reversal/progress I THINK I have found is a few disperse black hairs that have spouted up in areas that I believe were bald before (in my frontal region). This could very well be my imagination, but I am wondering if that is a sign that things are picking up..or if some people just gain a few of these random hairs and nothing else.
- In considering that I started taking Propecia 7 months agoâ€¦.does Propecia work to try and maintain THAT base level hair (with ups and downs in the process). Or does it work to maintain baselevel from the 6-12 month mark when you guys say it typically starts to take effectâ€¦.I am very confused at the â€œtypicalâ€ experience I should expect for the 1-12 month term of treatment (with Propecia)
- I would be open to take that genetic test, but they dont list any NY doctors on the site…any suggestions for that?
Thanks for the help!
- Some report shedding, but it doesn’t seem extremely common. At 7 months, things shouldn’t necessarily be worse than before. The HairDX finasteride response test might be a good idea (see #5 below).
- Many men use both medications. I see no problem with that as long as you don’t mind the financial aspect of sticking to two medications for life.
- Not really sure what you mean. Random black hairs?
- Aside from regrowth, the goal of taking Propecia is to maintain your hair at the point of when you started taking it. Obviously, each person is different.
- The HairDX site has a list of clinics that offer their genetic tests, but if there’s no listings for New York, you should contact them to find out about local options. I’m sure they’re looking to have their tests available on the east coast.