My hair has been thin since I was 16 (now 26). But it was very gradual and with almost no progression. Recently I went through a period of extreme stress/depression due to relationship problems. This lasted for approximately 4-5 months. A few months back I noticed that my hair seemed to be thinning so I have started propecia. I was told I was not yet thin enough to have any cosmetic surgery. While I still have some stress (not nearly as much) I am noticing that the hair is seemingly shedding at an even more accelerated rate. I have been on the drug for about 3 weeks. When could I see some type of improvement? What should I expect as far as improvement? Also could supplements like creatine be playing a factor in all of this?
Stress induced hair loss could be temporary or it could precipitate your genetic hair loss (in other words, you might’ve lost hair anyway due to genetics somewhere down the line and the stress just sped it up). I’d give it 6-9 months (or longer) before you start seeing some benefits. Those benefits could be regrowth or they could just be halting the hair loss. Your doctor should’ve explained this to you when he/she prescribed it.