Hi all I'm a newbie here but I am not newbie to hair loss. I started losing my hair above the temples at age 18 like male pattern "M" shaped thinning. I am an overall healthy person that eats healthy and exercises regularly. I have thick wavy hair everywhere but my temples and my forehead hairline (I also have a big forehead). It was slow to progress through my 20s but 7 years ago a finally saw a derm. Started on 5% minoxodil and used it for years with some success mostly on my right side. After I had my daughter 5 years ago the hair loss was dramatic and after her 1st birthday I quit breastfeeding and started back on minoxodil. Hair loss slowed then I had my son 15 months ago. I had the Mirena IUD inserted and my nightmares got worse. My hair started thinning in the middle of my forehead and extremely bad in the temple area. I finally told my husband about my hairloss at 10 years of being together and he was very supportive. I quit breastfeeding my son which broke my heart and went on 5% minoxodil. The itching was horrible! itchy scalp and itchy legs/back/chest so I switched to 2% which is not nearly as effective for me. Next step I went to a hair loss specialist and saw my primary care person and between the two of them had a complete set of labs. My thyroid (T3) levels were sub-optimal, my DHEA low, and my testosterone not even on the scale-low. Everything else was fine. I started with PRP treatments and microneedling once a week at home along with minoxodil and a T3 replacement, liothyronine 5mg a day so far (may increase in the future). Don't ever microneedle and then put minoxodil on your scalp until 24 hours after you microneedle just FYI!!!! (Nightmare side effects). I also had my Mirena removed a few weeks ago and will go for repeat hormone testing in another month or so. I feel better on the T3 replacement but the thinning on the sides is horrible and I read that that can happen after starting this medication. I am going for my 3rd PRP treatment next week and they tell me to give it 12 weeks before I can actually see results. I have seen some results in some areas, but the hair loss is still progressing quickly in other areas. I am so depressed. I don't know what other options are out there other than transplant, and after reading about shock loss I am scared to death that it will be a nightmare to go that route. I have never met another woman that has a receding hairline like male-pattern baldness. know this is long, but I really could use a friend out there that is going through what I'm going through.