Hello All, I have come to the conclusion that I need to try the rogaine. I dread it, but I have to do SOMETHING and quickly. I’ve been to 5 derms with no definitive answers other than “wait and see”. My loss has greatly increased over this time. One wants to do a biopsy.....but I truly believe that what I have is Alopecia Areata (my hormonal history and hair loss adds up to this being a no-brainer). I would certainly rather not do an invasive procedure that will cause more trauma to my scalp. For those veteran rogaine users: How and when do you apply it (I have read the material, but just asking the “experts” here) How long does your application take Have you had excess hair growth elsewhere (one of my huge concerns, as I already struggle with this problem as it is) Do you wash your hair everyday, and when, in regards to the application (washing my hair is extremely stressful and I dread doing it even 2x per week) I am on 100 mg Spironolactone. Does this drug compound light-headeness and other side effects, as both have similar properties How does this product affect your current hair quality Did you purchase a hairpiece prior to using, due to anticipating even more hair loss with initial shed What has been your over experience/satisfaction I have been spending the majority of my days searching the internet for answers and for derms that are true experts in this situation. It is taking over my life. The only legit-appearing practices near me, look to be the scalp and hair disorders clinic at Penn. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get an appt and they only review the referral letters (required) once per month. I know that I have asked a lot of questions. If anyone has anything to offer in any of these areas, I would truly appreciate it! Thanks so much!