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6 months minoxidil update

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Positive Outlook' started by hoping4best, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. hoping4best

    hoping4best Established Member

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    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.
     
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    sarvnaz123 Established Member

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    That is great to hear. I use the foam and I can definitely say that it takes longer than liquid to apply. I wish I could use the liquid. the liquid gave me scalp burns and horrible itching and flaking. I have been using the foam for 2 years. I have to say that like you, I have noticed the texture changes and I believe it is due to Rogaine. I always had baby fine hair, and now the hair is growing in thicker and shinier and just over all healthier.

    Regarding the shedding, like you mine has been up and down too. I had high hopes the Rogaine will stop the shedding, but it never did. I have periods of low shed which last for a few months followed by another month or two of high shed.
     
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    Megan M Established Member

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    Could you please tell me what hrt you take and if you think it has helped.
     
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    Hoping4best, I hope your hair continues to improve!

    Sarvnaz123, do you lose volume during the sheds?

    I hope we can all report back in many, many years with good news!
     
  5. psunday64

    psunday64 New Member

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    hoping4best.

    Hello my friend! That's awesome to hear!! I'm so glad its getting better for you. Wanted to comment on hair texture, mine changed too (which may be because of the drop of estrogen) and it is now back to before all of this nightmare. I get either a fiber, protein, or moisture treatment once or twice a month at my hairdressers. Plus I use Revita shampoo and conditioner which is specialized for hair loss. It seems to have helped a lot. It just all takes time but being consistent is key. I like you didn't respond right away, it took me over a year but I am so glad I stuck with it. I hardly think about it anymore. Of course I have to everyday because of everything I have to do to maintain it. But its so worth it!! I hated that dreaded, depressing, hopeless feeling that goes along with hair loss. And I FEEL for everyone on here who is going through it!!

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    Chasrogers01

    "I hope we can all report back in many, many years with good news!"


    ME TOO!!!!
     
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  6. hoping4best

    hoping4best Established Member

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    Thanks everyone!

    Megan, my specialist told me the following things about HRT/birth control:
    * Traditional HRT (estradiol patches, gel, or oral, plus an oral or IUD progestin) don't seem to help hair loss and doctors don't know why (I've been on estradiol patch + oral prometrium)

    * She has multiple patients who had hair loss increase on Mirena IUD + estradiol (was going to be my plan). She said she knows the Mirena progestin stays local for some women, but she's seen it definitely increase loss in multiple patients. It's got the progestin that's the most hair-unfriendly. It's not supposed to be systemic, but she's seen some women get hair loss from it in spite of that claim.

    * She encouraged me to consider BCPs for hormone replacement instead, particularly Desogen, Cycletta, or Mircette, per this chart: https://www.nhpri.org/Portals/0/Upl..._Contraceptive_Comparison_Chart_01_2012_2.pdf

    She didn't know about a new one called Qlaria. I researched it. That one is apparently estradiol plus a synthetic progestin that is anti-androgenic. I don't want to start there, b/c my libido and androgen levels are already very low. I am leaning toward trying one of the three she recommended. I see the endocrinologist in a few days.
     
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