Hey guys, I'm 22, been losing hair since 18. Four years of intensive research, derm appointments, gynos and various treatment trials and I'm yet to find a helpful diagnosis or system that works. A story I've unfortunately read many times over - it does help to know I'm not alone. Anyway, the hair loss began three months after an incredibly stressful life event, but coincided perfectly with a momentary generic supplement to the BC I'd been on for since 16 for bad cramps. Anyway, switching back to my brand pill, calming down, taking iron supplements (I am anemic), B supplements, Spironolactone, Hair&Nail, phyto, Nioxin, etc. has done little to fix the problem. I just had no idea how bad it could be until about two weeks ago when my hair started coming out in ropes. Now this is immediately following a LEEP procedure, though my gyno swears the two are unrelated. So my question to you: is this common? TE out of nowhere in the midst of what looks like Alopecia Areata? I just got a scrip for Yaz (I've heard some horror stories, is it worth the risk?) at the advice that changing the hormones I ingest may change my hair situation. I had switched from Mononessa to Apri around age 20. Going off the pill is not an ideal fix as my menstrual cramps give me three days a month of unbearable pain, vomiting, diarrhea and fever and I'm a loan-swamped college grad who can't afford to miss a day of work. And I'll admit, I'm terrified of the dread shed. What started out as one question turned into quite a few, I guess. This is the first time I've ever bothered to ask people who are actually experiencing what I've been going through! Long and short of it? Yaz: Y/N? Minodoxil: Y/N? Go off the pill, deal with the illness: Y/N? One more thing! I have found that the Aveda Invati system seemed to slow my hair loss, but I've been unable to shell out $120 again as of late. Anyone else try it and stick with it? Any luck? A couple million good vibes, well-wishes, buckets of hope and reassurances that you are quite beautiful regardless of the stuff growing out of your head to all of ya'll.