I went for a follow-up today with the scalp pathologist I saw 6 months ago when I started minoxidil. I sometimes think my hair is better, sometimes I think it's worse. My shedding triggers (hormones) are still going strong, and I'm still shedding a lot. Though there are more periods of lower shedding than there used to be, though. I definitely didn't have the early "it's working!" experience some have. I didn't know what to expect at this checkup appointment. She took pictures of my hair parted in multiple places 6 months ago, and today. My part is improving. I could see it myself from the pictures. So that was heartening to see. I really wasn't sure it was working until today, more than 6 months in, and only thanks to a doctor's pictures. But it gives me hope that minoxidil might continue to help. She advised me on other hormones I can try for hormone replacement, and she gave me a list of hair-friendlier progestins vs hair-unfriendly progestins. Lots to think about. Lately, I often feel like my hair texture is greatly improved, too. I don't know if this is due to the minoxidil, or if it's because I'm using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner now every time I wash, or if it's the black currant oil I take, or what. But I'm happy about it. If I can slowly improve a little more, and maintain this for a while, I'll be psyched. I'll keep on the minoxidil liquid, 5%, once per day. I have curly hair, and I find the liquid takes me 60 seconds tops to apply in the morning, whereas applying the foam is always a frustrating process. A minute is nothing, especially if it's helping. I see her for another checkup in 8 months.